Two local firms land exclusive certification for female leadership

June 24, 2014 By Andy Brownfield
Cincinnati Business Courier

Two major law firms with offices in Cincinnati were recognized by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) for leadership roles achieved by their women equity partners.

Frost Brown Todd and Thompson Hine were both awarded WILEF Gold Certification for the fourth year in a row. Only 45 firms nationally are recognized each year.

Firms must achieve at least four of six criteria to be considered for certification: Women must either account for 20 percent of equity partners or 33 percent of attorney achieving equity partner in the last 12 months must be women; women must represent at least 10 percent of firm chairs and office managing partners; women must make up at least 20 percent of the firm’s primary governance committee; women must represent 20 percent or more of the compensation committee; women must make up at least 25 percent of practice group leaders or department heads; and women must represent at least 10 percent of the top half of the most highly compensated partners.

 “We are very proud to have received the WILEF Certification for the past four years,” Frost Brown Todd chair of Women’s Initiative Kimberly Mauer, said in a news release. “We appreciate WILEF and the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to providing an environment where each person is valued on their own merits. This is a step on our journey and not the end of the road, but it is an important step and we are celebrating our progress to date.”

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