Working Mother and ABA Journal Name O’Melveny One of the 2017 “Best Law Firms for Women”

July 25, 2017


Los Angeles—July 25, 2017—O’Melveny was named by Working Mother magazine and the ABA Journal as one of the 2017 “Best Law Firms for Women.” The annual list recognizes 50 US law firms for using best policies and practices to retain and promote women lawyers. O’Melveny has been selected for this prestigious list for the fifth consecutive year.

For the first time, Working Mother worked in collaboration with the ABA Journal as a knowledge partner to create the list. The list is based on extensive law firm applications in the areas of workforce profile, flexibility, and development and retention of women.

This year, O’Melveny continued to excel in several important metrics. For example, women comprise 40 percent of the non-partners at O’Melveny, while they are only about 30 percent of non-equity lawyers of the firms that made the list. Similarly, equity partner promotions of women decreased this year to 32 percent at other all-equity partnership firms on the list. At O’Melveny, 50 percent of the 2017 partner promotions were women.

O’Melveny relies on a variety of programs and policies designed to assist female and diverse lawyers. In its profile of the firm, Working Mother observed, “Diverse attorneys and women have an ally in the new US staffing manager at this firm, which is committed to their career progress; a sponsorship pilot helps them develop executive presence and increase their visibility. On-site wellness rooms and reduced workloads support self-care.”

“We are gratified that Working Mother and the ABA Journal have again recognized the firm for our efforts to ensure O’Melveny is a place where women lawyers can thrive,” said Darin Snyder, O’Melveny’s Diversity and Inclusion Partner and a member of the firm’s Policy and Executive committees. “There is more work to do. And these honors inspire us to do even more to address the challenges working women face and to deliver on our commitment to diversity and inclusion at every level of the firm.”

Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother, added, “The Best Law Firms for Women are not only setting the standard for the modern-day law firm in supporting flexible work arrangements and offering generous paid leave but also ensuring that lawyers who take advantage of these programs are not excluded from the partnership track.”

About Working Mother Media

Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corporation, publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, workingmother.com. The Working Mother Research Institute, the National Association for Female Executives, and Diversity Best Practices are also units within WMM. WMM’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine reaches more than 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers. Follow WMM on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

About O’Melveny

O’Melveny’s clients shape markets, set precedents, and break boundaries. They are stalwarts and innovators, the names you trust, and the next big thing. And for more than a century, O’Melveny has been right beside them, punching through walls and putting up defenses to help our clients achieve their most important goals. With approximately 700 lawyers in 15 offices worldwide guided by the principles of excellence, leadership, and citizenship, we uphold a tradition of treating our clients’ challenges and opportunities as our own. What do you want to achieve? For the answers, please visit www.omm.com.


Julie Fei
O’Melveny & Myers LLP