WILEF Certification emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by equity women partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership. Law firms with 200 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for the 2014 WILEF Gold Standard Certification if they successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners. For 2014 WILEF Certification, a meaningful percentage means that the number of women equity partners satisfies four or more of the following criteria:
Women account for at least 20% of equity partners or alternatively, 33% or more of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past twelve months.
Women represent at least 10% of firm chairs and office managing partners.
Women make up at least 20% of the firm's primary governance committee.
Woman represent 20% or more of the firm's compensation committee.
Women make up at least 25% of practice group leaders or department heads.
Women represent at least 10% of the top half of the most highly compensated partners.
The WILEF 2014 Gold Standard Certification season has begun. Requests for the application should be directed to WILEF's National Chair and Co-Founder, Elizabeth Anne "Betiayn" Tursi at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those firms that believe they qualify for the 2014 WILEF Gold Standard Certification should complete the application and return it via email to the Chair of the Certification Committee, Patricia Skigen at email@example.com with a copy to Elizabeth Anne Betiayn Tursi by June 1, 2014 for inclusion in the initial list of Gold Standard Firms to be published in mid-June, 2014, by August 15, 2014 for inclusion in the WILEF Gold Standard Awards gala luncheon on September 17, 2014, or by December 1, 2014.
2014 Gold Standard Firms
(as of December 5, 2014)
Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Covington & Burling*
Davis Polk & Wardwell**
Davis Wright Tremaine*
DLA Piper (US)**
Epstein Becker & Green**
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner*
Fredrikson & Byron &&
Frost Brown Todd*
Haynes and Boone*
Holland & Hart &&&
Holland & Knight*
Hogan Lovells US***
Hughes Hubbard & Reed*
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton**
Latham & Watkins*
Manatt Phelps & Phillips*
McCarter & English*
McKenna Long & Aldridge***
Morrison & Foerster*
Norton Rose Fulbright*
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe***
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman*
Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur
Quarles & Brady*
Reed Smith &
Shook, Hardy & Bacon &
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom*
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Stinson Leonard Street*
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan**
Firms in bold met all six criteria
*four-peat recertified firm
**** recertified in all six criteria
& four-peat recertified in all six criteria
&& three-peat certified in all six criteria
&&& recertified in all six criteria