For the second year in a row, Law360 has ranked Polsinelli among its 100 best U.S. law firms for women. The firm’s ranking is based on female representation from the partner to associate levels, as well as the total number of female attorneys. Polsinelli is among only 18 large firms also ranked in the AmLaw 100 to appear on this list.
“We are pleased to be on this list of law firms who are committed to recruiting and retaining diverse talent and ensuring equal opportunities for professional development for all employees.” said Polsinelli Chairman Russ Welsh. “We have an outstanding group of women attorneys on our team across the country and we are dedicated to continuing to foster their leadership within our firm. Engaging diverse perspectives benefits Polsinelli as a business and helps us better serve our clients.”
Law360 surveyed more than 300 U.S. law firms and ranked them based upon a variety of factors, such as percentage of partners (equity and nonequity) who are women, the percentage of associate-level attorneys who are women and the divide between the two.
The Law360 ranking affirms Polsinelli’s long-standing commitment to women, which has earned national recognition in recent years. In 2015, Polsinelli achieved Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), and was one of only 44 firms in the country recognized for its emphasis on women in leadership by WILEF.
Polsinelli recently named Shareholder Jane Arnold, also vice chair of the firm’s largest practice, health care, as chair of the national Women’s Initiative Committee, formed to execute initiatives which attract, retain and promote the success of women throughout the firm’s 19 offices nationwide.
“This recognition reinforces our dedication to women’s initiatives to ensure that female attorneys receive the training and tools they need to succeed and advance to leadership positions at Polsinelli,” said Arnold. “This is exciting news and great recognition for our firm.”
Polsinelli has women in leadership positions in its offices across the country, as well as in its various practice groups. Shareholders Nancy Rafuse and Jennifer Evans lead two of the firm’s major offices in Atlanta and Denver, respectively, as office managing partners. Rafuse also leads Polsinelli’s national Labor and Employment Practice. She was recently selected by Benchmark Litigation for inclusion in the Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation, a distinction she has now achieved in each of the last three years.
Denver-based Shareholder Stacy Carpenter is Practice Chair of Polsinelli’s Commercial Litigation Practice, while fellow Shareholder Mary Clare Bonaccorsi leads the firm’s Health Care Litigation Practice out of Chicago. Senior Partner Jennifer Gille Bacon has built a substantial practice in commercial litigation and antitrust law in Kansas City.
In February, Polsinelli welcomed J. Danielle Carr as the firm’s first-ever Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Carr’s new role focuses on the advancement of firm initiatives across all areas of diversity and inclusion, including women.