The American Lawyer: The 2020 A-List: Amid Upheaval, Firms Focus on Finding Balance

August 05, 2020

O’Melveny Chair Brad Butwin is quoted in this The American Lawyer article discussing the firm’s inclusion on the A-List, a ranking that considers not only revenue, but cultural markers like pro bono work, associate satisfaction, racial diversity and gender diversity among the equity partnership.

This year, O’Melveny received the number 3 spot on the A-List, marking the firm’s third straight year in the top 10 and its fifth time on the list in the last five years. The American Lawyer noted that improvements in the firm’s metrics for racially diverse attorneys and women in the equity partnership spurred its four-place jump.

Butwin explained that while these areas have been priorities for some time, the firm’s ongoing process of self-evaluation helps to drive its progress. “We constantly judge ourselves,” he said. “Diversity is the only standing item on the agenda of every single one of the firm’s policy committee meetings. It’s a pillar of our strategic planning.”

“We’re also more deliberate in how we staff matters and ensure that all attorneys and staff actually see diversity at all levels of the firm, particularly at the senior level,” Butwin added. “Our almost all-equity partnership means there’s no second tier where women and other diverse attorneys languish.”

Read the full article here.