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2018 Working Mother Best Law Firms for Women

Fredrikson & Byron was named one of the “Best Law Firms for Women” by Working Mother magazine for the eighth consecutive year. The annual “Best Law Firms for Women” list recognizes 60 firms that utilize best practices in retaining and promoting women lawyers.

With 35 percent women equity partners, Fredrikson & Byron is the third highest nationally ranked law firm and the highest ranked Minneapolis headquartered law firm by percentage of women equity partners. Fredrikson is the highest ranked Minneapolis headquartered law firm for percentage of new lawyer hires who are female, at 50 percent.

“We are proud to again be recognized as a leading law firm when it comes to recruiting, retaining and advancing top female attorneys,” said Mary S. Ranum, chair of the firm’s Board of Directors for the past eight years. “Our dedication to investing in the success of our attorneys has developed a culture where working parents thrive.”

"The law firms that make Working Mother's list are remarkable for their long-term commitment to retaining and promoting women lawyers," said Meredith Bodgas, editor-in-chief of Working Mother. "100 percent of these firms provide flexible work arrangements, and 57 percent of them offer sponsorship programs for high-potential women lawyers. That has resulted in a jump in the number of women equity partners to 21 percent."

“The ABA Journal has been exploring diversity issues in the profession for decades and is continually surprised to see how little progress women have made with pay equity and at top positions in law firms,” said Molly McDonough, editor and publisher of the ABA Journal. “Collaborating with Working Mother gives us another way to explore what firms can do to bring gender parity to firm leadership.”

For the second year, Working Mother collaborated with the ABA Journal as a knowledge partner.

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 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, Saltillo, 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, 612.492.7514,

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