Heidi Knight and Megan Morgan Quoted in Law360 Article On Support for Women Lawyers
Law360 quoted B&D’s Women’s Initiative Co-Chairs and Principals Heidi Knight (Boston) and Megan Morgan (Baltimore) in an article titled “What Mid-Law Firms Are Doing To Support Female Attorneys.” The article discusses how firms support female lawyers and attract and retain female talent.
“Even before the pandemic, B&D supported flexible schedules, alternative work arrangements, and women who became firm principals after or during taking time for their families,” Heidi and Megan said. “Working parents — both men and women — use these policies widely. We have found that providing flexibility and support to all lawyers and staff encourages retention and helps women achieve their professional and personal goals.”
Law360 named B&D one of the top 10 “Ceiling Smashers” for firms with 101 to 250 lawyers. “Ceiling Smashers” are firms with the highest representation of women in their equity partnership and are “charting a new course for the legal industry and taking steps to close the gender gap in the top ranks.”
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) are core values and business imperatives at B&D. The firm holds Mansfield Rule 4.0 Plus certification, indicating that our firm considers women, LGBTQ+, minorities, and lawyers with disabilities for at least 30% of all significant leadership roles, lateral recruiting, and business development opportunities. The “Plus” status signifies that B&D exceeds the baseline certification requirements – not only considering but achieving 30% representation in firm leadership roles. In 2021, the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) recognized B&D as a Top Performer and a Compass Award winner. At B&D, 50% of the lawyers on the firm’s management committee are women or minorities, as are the firm’s general counsel, diversity and inclusion principal, chief administrative and financial officers, and the office managing principals in Austin and San Francisco. Overall, women and minorities comprise half of the firm’s lawyers.