Greensfelder firm named in top 100 in country for its gender diverse workforce

By John Breslin | Jul 20, 2018

A local law firm has been listed among the top 100 of the larger practices in the country for its gender diverse work force.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, which has offices in Belleville, St. Louis and Chicago, was listed at number 84 of the list compiled by the National Law Journal (NLJ).

The NLJ compiles its Women in Law Score for 350 of the country's top firms by adding the percentage of female attorneys to percentage of partners.

Greensfelder, in a press release, said approximately 36 per cent of its attorney are female.

“We are extremely proud of this recognition from the National Law Journal for our ongoing commitment to fostering an increasingly diverse and inclusive workplace at Greensfelder and to recruit and retain diverse talent,” said Christopher A. Pickett, an officer at the firm and its  chief diversity officer.

According to the NLJ, the data in the survey is "self-reported and unpublished." Some firms do not provide gender statistics, and that is the reason for them to be missing from the list, the NLJ said on its website.

The data specialists compiling the report count the average head count of full-time attorneys working for any one firm in 2017.

"Partner statistics include both equity and non-equity partners, non-partner or “other” figures include special counsel, of counsel, and other staff attorneys," the NLJ said.

Greensfelder said in its release that it "fosters diversity and inclusion through multiple programs and initiatives."

It cited those programs aimed particularly at women, including "job-focused training to networking opportunities to social events."

"The firm also maintains policies that allow for alternative work arrangements and assistance for working parents, such as part-time working options, gender-neutral parental leave, and a mentor program and other assistance for new parents," Greensfelder stated.

Greensfelder provides services for businesses operating across the spectrum, including the media, construction, but also to educational, religious and tax-exempt organizations.


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