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For the sixth year in a row, Fredrikson & Byron was named one of the “50 Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Founded in 2007, this award recognizes firms that lead the industry in initiatives for women’s business development and career advancement, plus offer flexible work arrangements and generous paid parental leave. In the “Best Law Firms for Women” report published in Working Mother magazine, Fredrikson & Byron is the second highest nationally ranked law firm by percentage of women equity partners, at 35 percent. Fredrikson is also the highest ranked Minneapolis headquartered law firm in the report for percentage of women equity partners.

“We are proud to be recognized for the 6th year in a row for our long-standing commitment to recruit, retain and promote women,” said Mary S. Ranum, chair of the firm’s Board of Directors. “We are committed to investing in our young attorneys from the first day they are part of our firm. We have a culture where working mothers can balance their personal and professional lives and build successful practices.”

For the firms named to this year’s “50 Best Law Firms for Women,” 20 percent of equity partners were women compared with a national average of 18 percent. Comparatively, at Fredrikson & Byron, 35 percent are female equity partners.

Jennifer Owens, editorial director of Working Mother Media, says, “Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers’ Best Law Firms show how to make it work. Despite intense pressures, the success of the firms in creating workable solutions for working families shows their commitment and ingenuity to create a progressive future for their firms.”

Subha Barry, VP & General Manager, Working Mother Media, says, “As we celebrate the Best Law Firms for Women, there is still much work to be done, with only 18 percent of equity partners being female nationwide, reported by the National Association of Women Lawyers. With grit and client centeredness, women lawyers can continue to find growing success as rainmakers and a pathway to leadership positions.”

Deborah Epstein Henry, president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, adds, “In reflecting on the decade since we began the Best Law Firms for Women initiative, we are pleased to see firms competing to make their environments more hospitable for women to both work and thrive. The greater level of awareness and commitment to make change is what will enable women to propel to the next level.”

Flex-Time Lawyers LLC is an international consulting firm founded by Deborah Epstein Henry in the late 1990s, providing advisory, training and speaking services to employers and professionals on work life balance, retaining and promoting women and the future of the legal profession. It provides consulting and speaking services to law firms, corporations, professional service firms, non-profits, bar associations, and law schools, and at conferences, and retreats. Flex-Time Lawyers hosts a membership organization, offering quarterly in-person and webcast events on timely issues with prominent speakers. Membership also provides resources, networking opportunities and education about legal industry norms.

Working Mother Media (WMM), a division of Bonnier Corporation (, publishes Working Mother magazine and its companion website, The Working Mother Research Institute (, the National Association for Female Executives and Diversity Best Practices are also units within WMM. WMM’s mission is to serve as a champion of culture change. Working Mother magazine reaches more than 2 million readers and is the only national magazine for career-committed mothers.

Fredrikson & Byron is a 275-attorney law firm based in Minneapolis, with offices in Bismarck, Des Moines, Fargo, St. Paul, Monterrey, Mexico, and Shanghai, China. Fredrikson & Byron has a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet”. Our attorneys bring business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to work with clients, and operate as business advisors and strategic partners, as well as legal counselors. More information about the firm is available at Follow us on LinkedIn and on Twitter @FredriksonLaw.

Media Contact: Kelly Griffith, Marketing Communications Manager, 612.492.7514,

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