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WILEF Certification emphasizes the leadership roles achieved by equity women partners, rather than the policies or practices of the firm or the overall number or percentage of women in the partnership. Law firms with 200 or more practicing lawyers in the United States are eligible for the 2014 WILEF Gold Standard Certification if they successfully demonstrate that women represent a meaningful percentage of their equity partners, of their highest leadership positions, of their governance and compensation committees, and of their most highly compensated partners. For 2014 WILEF Certification, a meaningful percentage means that the number of women equity partners satisfies four or more of the following criteria:

• Women account for at least 20% of equity partners or alternatively, 33% or more of the attorneys becoming equity partners during the past twelve months.

• Women represent at least 10% of firm chairs and office managing partners.

• Women make up at least 20% of the firm's primary governance committee.

• Woman represent 20% or more of the firm's compensation committee.

• Women make up at least 25% of practice group leaders or department heads.

• Women represent at least 10% of the top half of the most highly compensated partners.

The WILEF 2014 Gold Standard Certification season has begun. Requests for the application should be directed to WILEF's National Chair and Co-Founder, Elizabeth Anne "Betiayn" Tursi at elizabethtursi@aol.com. Those firms that believe they qualify for the 2014 WILEF Gold Standard Certification should complete the application and return it via email to the Chair of the Certification Committee, Patricia Skigen at pskigen@hotmail.com with a copy to Elizabeth Anne “Betiayn” Tursi by June 1, 2014 for inclusion in the initial list of Gold Standard Firms to be published in mid-June, 2014, by August 15, 2014 for inclusion in the WILEF Gold Standard Awards gala luncheon on September 17, 2014, or by December 1, 2014.





























































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Wilef Seal 2013

2013 Gold Standard Firms
(as of December 23, 2013)

Ballard Spahr*
Cooley**
Covington & Burling*
Crowell & Moring*
Davis Polk & Wardwell**
Davis Wright Tremaine*
Dentons
DLA Piper (US)**
Epstein Becker & Green**
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner*
Foley & Lardner**
FordHarrison*
Fredrikson & Byron ***

Frost Brown Todd*
Gibbons*
Goodwin Procter*
Haynes and Boone*
Holland & Hart*
Holland & Knight*
Hogan Lovells US
Hughes Hubbard & Reed*
Jackson Lewis**
Jenner & Block**
K&L Gates*
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton**
Latham & Watkins*
Leonard, Street and Deinard**
Littler Mendelson*
Locke Lord**
Manatt Phelps & Phillips*
McCarter & English*
McKenna Long & Aldridge
Morrison & Foerster*
Norton Rose Fulbright*
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
Paul Hastings*
Perkins Coie*
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman*
Quarles & Brady*
Reed Smith****
Saul Ewing**
Schiff Hardin
Shook, Hardy & Bacon****
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett*
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom*
Stinson Morrison Hecker*
Stoel Rives*
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan**
Thompson Hine*

Firms in bold met all six criteria
*three-peat recertified firm
**recertified firm
***recertified in all six categories
****three-peat recertified in all six categories