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Is a Law Office Led by Women Different From One Led by Men?

Jul 24, 2023

Are female-led law firms different than those led by men?

Since women are underrepresented at the highest levels of the legal profession, female-led firms still stand out as a bit of a diversity anomaly. As attorneys who investigate and study organizational dynamics on a daily basis, we wondered how gender dynamics might (or might not) play a role in leadership effectiveness within the legal profession.

To explore this question we conducted a non-scientific survey of our own, very diverse firm. We asked attorneys and staff to respond to the question “Do female-led law firms differ from traditional law firms?” We received some interesting responses, with team members noting various aspects of decision making, professional support and supervision, work/life balance and perceptions around feeling comfortable bringing their “whole selves” to work.

You can check out the resulting article written by Amy Oppenheimer and Gorev Ahuja, which ran in the July 24 issue of the Daily Journal (subscription required).