The parent company of Working Mother magazine has selected Shook among its “Best Law Firms For Women” in 2021. As Law360 reported, Shook is one of only 50 firms across the country to be recognized for criteria which includes career flexibility, gender neutral family leave, retention and promotion of women, and more.
This is a distinct honor for 2021 as firms worked to support the professional and personal demands of attorneys and professional staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic last year. A focus on working from home for lawyers was key in the parent company, Seramount’s, external survey of law firms across the country.
“At Shook we are intentional day in and day out in supporting and advancing the careers of women attorneys,” said Shook Chair Madeleine McDonough. “The fact that this honor occurs following a pandemic year, when many lawyers juggled multiple responsibilities at home and at work, is especially rewarding.”
Shook is committed to creating a work environment where all people can make a difference through continued Diversity & Inclusion efforts. As a firm, we champion women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans and people with disabilities in advancement throughout the firm. More than half of the firm’s executive committee is composed of women, and diverse attorneys and women lead a number of the firm’s largest practice areas and city offices including Chicago, Houston, Orange County and Tampa. Working Mother magazine takes a comprehensive approach through considering female representation, female compensation, and the usage of reduced hours and work from home opportunities.
Shook is honored to have received this recognition for 11 years and was previously inducted into the Hall of Fame. We are grateful for the continued work of the firm’s attorneys and professional staff to promote an inclusive workplace.