Ballard Spahr has been ranked as one of the best U.S. law firms for women attorneys by Law360.
Law360 ranked 100 firms as part of its annual Glass Ceiling report. The report based its rankings four factors: the percentage of partners, both equity and non-equity, who are women; the percentage of non-partners who are women; the split between the firm's women partner percentage and women non-partner percentage; and the number of women attorneys at the firm. More than 300 firms were surveyed.
“Ballard Spahr has a deep commitment to the retention and advancement of women attorneys,” said Salt Lake City partner Melanie J. Vartabedian, who co-leads the Ballard Women affinity group with Philadelphia partner Lynn E. Rzonca. “This commitment is not only reflected by our written policies, but also by the culture of the firm overall. It is wonderful to work at a firm that recognizes the unique strengths and contributions of all of our attorneys.”
The study is not the first to recognize Ballard Spahr as a leader in this area. Last year, the firm had the fourth-highest percentage of women equity partners of any U.S. law firm— nearly 10 percent higher than the national average—according to a study by The American Lawyer. For the past five years, it has earned Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum for its success in providing opportunities and leadership roles for women attorneys.
The firm sponsors two affinity groups for women. Ballard Women, which includes partners, counsel, and of counsel, hosts events for women clients and prospective clients; develops mentoring programs for their younger counterparts; and sponsors professional development programs. In addition, the Ballard Women Associates group provides opportunities for networking, mentoring, and professional development. Together with Ballard Women, it is a resource to law students and young lawyers.