The National Law Journal released the results of their 2017 Women in Law Score, which ranks firms on gender diversity, with special emphasis on women in partnership positions. Thompson Coe is ranked 12th among 261 U.S. firms on The National Law Journal's Women's Scorecard for its relatively high percentage of women lawyers.
The rankings were determined from survey responses from 261 of the nation's largest law firms in the NLJ 500 head count report. Each firm's ranking is determined by adding the percentage of female attorneys and percentage of female partners. Thompson Coe's score is a 73.1, with 43 percent women lawyers, and 30.1 percent women partners.
Alison Moore, professional liability section head and general counsel for the firm, and Ellen Van Meir, a member of the firm's management committee, were interviewed by Brenda Sapino Jeffreys at Texas Lawyer to discuss Thompson Coe’s ongoing diversity initiatives to create not only a great place for women to work, but a place for women to thrive and excel.
The firm's success at hiring and retaining women lawyers helps it build on that track record, said Alison Moore. "Seeing successful and powerful women lawyers at a firm is a strong signal to recruiting that there is opportunity here," she said.
In addition to the high percentage of female partners, more than half of the firm's associates in 2016 were women.
Mrs. Van Meir was quoted saying,"the firm doesn't have any statistical goal for women lawyers; we just want to hire the best talent we can."
The complete Texas Lawyer article can be accessed here.