(June 17, 2019, Washington, DC) — Steptoe has been named to the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) 2019 Gold Standard Certification list. This marks the fourth time in six years that Steptoe has been recognized on the list.
The 2019 WILEF certification grants Gold Standard status to major firms that meet objective criteria concerning the number of women among equity partners, in firm leadership positions, and in the ranks of their most highly compensated partners. For 2019 Gold Standard Certification, a meaningful percentage means that the firm satisfies both the mandatory criterion that: 20% of equity partners or, alternatively, 33% of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past twelve months are women.
Firms also had to meet at least three of the following five criteria: 15% of firm and US branch office heads are women; 20% of the firm's primary governance committee are women; 20% of the firm's compensation committee or its equivalent are women; 15% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women; 7% of women equity partners are women of color or 3.5% of women equity partners are LGBT.
Women hold numerous leadership positions at Steptoe, including vice chair, general counsel, office managing partner, department head, executive committee, management committee and compensation committee, among others. Women lead five of Steptoe nine offices and two of the firm's four departments: litigation and compliance, international trade and enforcement department.
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In more than 100 years of practice, Steptoe has earned an international reputation for vigorous representation of clients before governmental agencies, successful advocacy in litigation and arbitration, and creative and practical advice in structuring business transactions. Steptoe has more than 500 lawyers and other professional staff across offices in Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Washington. For more information, visit www.steptoe.com.