New York, NY (July 12, 2011)- Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP, a leading global law firm, announced today that the firm has received Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). The recognition distinguishes firms that have integrated women in top leadership positions and compensated them well.
WILEF published a preliminary list of Gold Standard certified firms in June, reporting that of the more than 300 firms with more than 100 attorneys that were invited to apply, only 32 met the criteria to be certified. All of the enumerated firms established that women comprise a significant portion of their leadership structure and are top earners. At Paul Hastings, 40 percent of practice chairs globally are women and 50 percent of practice chairs in the United States are women.
This recognition illustrates our commitment to advance female lawyers and is a testament to their talent, said Seth Zachary
, chairman of Paul Hastings.
Paul Hastings is a firm that focuses on the development and advancement of women, values the contributions of all of its lawyers and recognizes the importance of integrating women in leadership positions, all of which have contributed to my ability to succeed in my practice and in the firm, said Elizabeth Noe
, chair of the Corporate practice at Paul Hastings.
WILEF evaluated firms for Gold Standard certification based upon six criteria, requiring that applicants meet at least three. The six criteria applicants must establish are: women account for at least 20 percent of equity partners; women represent at least 10 percent of firm chairs and office managing partners; women make up at least 20 percent of the firms primary governance committee; women represent 20 percent or more of the firms compensation committee; women make up at least 25 percent of practice group leaders or department heads; and women represent at least 10 percent of the top half of the most highly compensated partners.
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker is a leading global law firm with offices in Asia, Europe, and the United States. We provide innovative legal solutions to financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies. Please visit www.paulhastings.com for more information.