For the sixth consecutive year, Ballard Spahr has earned Gold Standard Certification from thee Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF). In order to qualify for the distinction, firms must have 300 or more practicing attorneys in the U.S. and meet at least four of six measures of having "a meaningful percentage" of women at the highest levels of compensation and in key leadership roles.

The bar to attain certification was higher this year. WILEF raised its definition of equity partner to that set by The American Lawyer which defines an equity partner as one who receives no more than half of their compensation on a fixed-income basis. They also increased minimum percentages to 15 percent from 10 percent for female firm and branch heads and for women in the top half of partner compensation.

See related Ballard Spahr press release.