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Honigman named as a “Best Law Firm For Women” by Working Mother Magazine

August 12, 2008

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP (Honigman) today announced it has been named as one of the 50 “Best Law Firms for Women” for 2008 by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, a national consulting firm advising attorneys and legal employers on work/life balance. Honigman was the only Michigan-based law firm to receive the honor.

Produced for the August/September 2008 issue of Working Mother magazine, the special report highlights some of the perils faced by women practicing law – where demands to balance a career with home and children ultimately force nearly 50 percent of female attorneys to abandon their profession, according to the publication. This is the second consecutive year that Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers have partnered to recognize law firms that have created innovative environments that are successful in creating a workplace that encourages the retention and advancement of women.

“We are proud to be honored by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers for the progressive ways in which the firm strives to help attorneys juggle the rigors of their law practice while maintaining a balance between career and family,” said David Foltyn, Honigman’s chairman and CEO. “As the father of seven children, I am particularly sensitive to the need to balance the demands of a family with the demands of a busy law practice.”

Women play a critical role at Honigman: Three practice group chairs are women, two women chair internal committees and two women sit on the firm’s board of directors. Of all attorneys promoted to non-equity partner from 2003-2007, 33 percent were women; of all attorneys promoted to full percentage partnership during the same period, 34 percent were women.

The 2008 Best Law Firms for Women application was developed in a partnership between Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC. Firms with at least 50 lawyers were eligible to apply, and the application included detailed questions about the issues that are most important to the retention and promotion of female lawyers. Honigman was selected based on responses to an application measuring areas such as workforce profile, family-friendly benefits and policies, flexibility, leadership, compensation, advancement and retention of women.

“Today nearly half of law school graduates are women; law firms need to make a fundamental shift in their policies by instituting female and family-friendly benefits as Honigman has done,” said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. “We hope that by recognizing Honigman, which has already moved the needle, a paradigm shift will follow.”

Deborah Epstein Henry, founder and president of Flex-Time Lawyers LLC, said of the firm’s selection, “We hope other law firms will take notice of Honigman’s commitment to change, and competition will drive more creative ways to enhance work/life balance and improve the status of women in the profession.”

Honigman is profiled in the August/September issue of Working Mother, which can be viewed at www.workingmother.com and www.flextimelawyers.com. Honigman will be honored at a luncheon at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in New York City on Sept. 15, 2008.