Virginia, US

Fragomen Holds Top Spot on NLJ’s Women in Law Scorecard for Seventh Consecutive Year

Fragomen is proud to have earned the top spot on The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) Women in Law Scorecard for the seventh consecutive year. This scorecard ranks the nation’s largest law firms according to their percentages of women attorneys.

According to the scorecard, in 2017, women comprised:

  • 63 percent of Fragomen’s 553 lawyers, compared with 36 percent of all the lawyers reported among the responding firms
  • Nearly half of the equity partners at Fragomen, compared with 19 percent of all the equity partners reported among the responding firms
  • 68 percent of associates at Fragomen, compared with slightly over 46 percent of all the associates reported among the responding firms

Diversity is critical to Fragomen’s structure and is an important part of the firm’s culture. In an NLJ article, Fragomen Partner Gwendolyn Robosson describes the culture as “very embracing” and says that the firm functions as a “meritocracy and creates a career-nurturing environment for lawyers with a wide range of skill sets.”

“I also think an important factor in retaining women is the knowledge here that you can take on as much as responsibility you choose to. That’s exciting. I can raise my hand and know I might be eligible to manage some of our major practices,” she says. Robosson is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.

This year’s rankings were based on survey responses from 264 of the nation’s 350 largest law firms by headcount in the NLJ’s annual report. The scorecard is calculated by adding each firm’s percentage of women attorneys with its percentage of women partners, which is a formula that gives weight to women in partnership positions.