September 13, 2011

Faegre & Benson LLP Named as 2011 Best Law Firm for Women by NAFE and Flex-Time Lawyers

Today's legal leaders are supporting female lawyers with work-life balance and women-friendly policies, offering new standards that retain and promote top female legal talent in a male-driven field. With that, the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) and Flex-Time Lawyers today announce Faegre & Benson LLP as a NAFE and Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firm for Women. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media.

"Faegre & Benson is honored to be recognized by NAFE and Flex-Time Lawyers for our commitment to building and maintaining a work environment that supports women and their career development," said Kristine McKinney, manager of diversity and inclusion for Faegre & Benson. "We have a strong community at our firm with many benefits and policies designed to make it easy for our lawyers to balance their demanding legal practices with the demands of raising families and contributing to their communities."

Over the years, Faegre & Benson has made a significant commitment to the advancement of women lawyers. In 2011, the firm inaugurated The Forum for Women's Achievement, which provides a platform for women lawyers to build relationships, create business opportunities, increase professional advancement, and ultimately achieve long-term success. In addition, Faegre & Benson has been honored with third-party recognition for contributions to the professional advancement of women in the legal industry and several of Faegre & Benson's women lawyers have been recognized individually for their professional and community contributions.

The 2011 NAFE & Flex-Time Lawyers Best Law Firms for Women are continuing to redefine the standards of success, with written reduced hour policies at 100 percent of the winning firms and 78 percent who are offering full-time telecommuting. Now in its fourth year, the Best Law Firms for Women have increased support for programs that encourage networking, training and mentoring.

"Our research team has seen an increase in the number of female partners working at the Best Law Firms within the past five years, with women as 19 percent of equity partners, compared to the national average of 15 percent," said Dr. Betty Spence, President, NAFE. "We applaud how the 2011 Best Law Firms for Women are making it possible for women to succeed by offering programs and policies that support their needs."

"The 2011 Best Law Firms for Women are encouraging the retention and promotion of women, in addition to creating conducive work environments for all lawyers to thrive," said Deborah Epstein Henry, Founder and President, Flex-Time Lawyers. "By offering leadership and business development opportunities for women, along with generous flexibility, parental leave and childcare programs, these firms are better poised to retain and promote the brightest legal minds, with the goal of reaching parity for women in the profession."

Faegre & Benson and the 50 Best Law Firms for Women and their work/life and women-friendly policies will be featured in the fall 2011 issue of NAFE magazine and are profiled at nafe.com, www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com. Winning firms will be honored in New York on September 21. NAFE is a division of Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation.

Methodology: The 2011 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Firms with at least 50 lawyers were eligible to apply and the application included detailed questions about the issues that are most important to the retention and promotion of female lawyers. Completed applications were collected online from November 12, 2010 to January 21, 2011. All data for the 2011 survey was collected from the full year of 2010. The 50 winning firms were selected based on their responses to an application measuring areas such as workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women.

About Faegre & Benson LLP

Faegre & Benson LLP offers a full complement of legal services to clients ranging from emerging enterprises to multinational companies. Our 450 lawyers handle complex transactions and litigation matters throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Established in Minneapolis in 1886, our firm is one of the 100 largest law firms in the United States. From our offices in Minnesota, Colorado, Iowa, London and Shanghai, Faegre & Benson has served clients in more than 100 countries. For more information, please visit www.faegre.com.

About Working Mother Media

Working Mother magazine reaches 2.2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers; WorkingMother.com gives working mothers @home and @work advice, solutions, and ideas. This year marks the 26th anniversary of Working Mother's signature research initiative, Working Mother 100 Best Companies, and the ninth year of the Best Companies for Multicultural Women. Working Mother Media, a division of Bonnier Corporation (www.bonnier.com), includes the National Association for Female Executives (NAFE, www.nafe.com), Diversity Best Practices (www.diversitybestpractices.com), and the Working Mother Research Institute. Working Mother Media's mission is to serve as a champion of culture change.

About Bonnier Corporation

Bonnier Corp. (www.bonniercorp.com) is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through 50 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events. Bonnier Corp. is the U.S. division of the Bonnier Group (www.bonnier.com), a 200-year-old, family-owned media group based in Sweden with business operations in 25 countries.

About Flex-Time Lawyers LLC

Flex-Time Lawyers LLC® is a national consulting firm advising the legal profession on workplace restructure, talent management, work/life balance, and the retention and promotion of lawyers, with a focus on women.  It hosts a membership organization with quarterly chapter meetings for legal employers and lawyers, offering networking opportunities, employer advice, support, career guidance, education and information sharing to effect change.  Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is a resource to the press and legal community at large and also provides recruiting services.  It has been covered extensively in the national and legal press, including The New York Times, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, National Public Radio, National Law Journal, and numerous others.  For more information, please visit www.flextimelawyers.com.

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