Chambers Latin America Women in Law Awards 2012: Best Gender Diversity Initiative

 
Chambers Women in Law: Best Gender Diversity Initiative

ARGENTINA

Kahale Abogados

Kahale Abogados is a boutique firm whose founding partner is female lawyer, Roxana Kahale. Currently 50% of its lawyers are women and the firm offers full-funding to associates who wish to take on postgraduate studies.

Mitrani Caballero Ojam & Ruiz Moreno

This full-service business firm has a committed approach to gender diversity and demonstrates this through recruitment, training, salary and promotions. Currently 48.3% of its managers are female. The firm also offers female attorneys a wide range of flexible working options such as remote access and working from home.

M. & M. Bomchil

M. & M. Bomchil is a prestigious law firm which has a high number of female lawyers at all levels of experience. 23.5% of partners are female and 57% of senior associates are women. The firm has a number of initiatives in place which assists lawyers with their work-life balance such as flexible working arrangements and reimbursements for nursery costs.

BRAZIL

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

Pinheiro Neto Advogados set up a Committee for Women Lawyers in 2009. The Committee has created awareness within the firm of the importance of understanding women’s needs and organises regular networking days and events between the female attorneys and their clients.

Mattos Filho Advogados

Mattos Filho Advogados is a firm which prides itself on accommodating its female lawyers. The firm offers a longer period of 6 months maternity leave, working from home and seminars designed specifically for women.

Tozzini Freire

Tozzini Freire has a large proportion of female lawyers. The firm has a number of welfare initiatives in place to make the pregnancy and maternity periods as comfortable as possible. The firm also offers a number of womens’ networking events and mentoring programmes.

CHILE

Carey

Carey has a wide-ranging approach to gender diversity with a particular focus on flexible working, equal pay and an emphasis on strong work-life balance.

Correa Gubbins

Correa Gubbins is one of the few firms which has a ratio of 50:50 male to female lawyers. The firms offers a unique, highly-structured mentoring programme, flexible working hours and additional vacation for all lawyers.

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia offers new mothers a flexible timetable both during and after maternity leave. The firm also has a distinct equal opportunities approach for all employees.

COLOMBIA

Lloreda Camacho & Co

Lloreda Camacho & Co has a high proportion of lawyers; 55% are women. The firm also offers female friendly networking and academic events as well as additional days leave for all its employees.

Prietocarrizosa

Prietocarrizosa has a two-fold approach in accommodating gender diversity. The firm focuses on clearly established career plans for all lawyers and a flexi-time programme for working mothers.

Cavelier Abogados

Cavelier Abogados’ gender diversity programme focuses on work-life balance, professional development and global exposure. Currently, 60% of the firm’s lawyers are women.

COSTA RICA

BLP Abogados

BLP Abogados has had an extremely focused drive to develop its female legal population. Within 9 years, the firm increased its female population to 46% among Associates and 50% among legal assistants. BLP also offers a Nursing Lounge for new mothers and various flexi-time initiatives.

Prietocarrizosa

Arias & Munoz has a sizeable group of female lawyers across all levels of experience. The firm adopts a variety of policies which includes flexi-time and a programme to develop leadership in female executives.

SFERA LEGAL

SFERA LEGAL has a highly committed approach to female retention and support. The firm operates a dedicated business mentoring programme aimed at women.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Jiménez Cruz Peña

Jiménez Cruz Peña provides a number of schemes in order to support the professional growth and flexibility working women require in their lives. 77% of its lawyers are female including 50% of its partners. The firm encourages talent promotion, flexible hours and a mentoring programme.

Squire Sanders

Squire Sanders is dedicated to supporting its female lawyers. The firm provides schemes for new mothers, mentoring and encourages a work-life balance.

OMG

OMG is a strong proponent of gender diversity and inclusion in the workplace. 76% of its lawyers are female and 66.6% of senior positions are held by women. OMG is committed to encouraging a work-life balance amongst its employees.

ECUADOR

Fabara & Cia

60% of Fabara & Cia’s partners are female. The firm is committed to flexi-time for lawyers and promoting a work-life balance.

GUATEMALA

AZCALAW

AZCALAW has a high ratio of female lawyers with 55% female partners and 52% of all lawyers being female. The firm allows flexi-hours, encourages further study and offers a variety of pro bono schemes.

MEXICO

Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa

Barrera, Siqueiros y Torres Landa has a dedicated approach and focuses its efforts on professional, family, educative and social commitment values.

Littler

Littler is committed to retaining and developing women leaders within the firm. 50% of the partners are women and 40% of all other lawyers are also female.

Galicia Abogados

Galicia Abogados has implemented several family-friendly policies to help attorneys achieve a work-life balance including flexi-time and parental leave for both mothers and fathers.

PANAMA

AFRA

AFRA is committed to its female lawyers in a variety of ways. The firm offers flexible hours, mentoring and and is particularly supportive to women who have taken career breaks.

López, Villanueva & Heuertematte (LOVILL)

López, Villanueva & Heuertematte is a unique firm where all of it lawyers are female. The firm operates in a female-focused way because of this and its lawyers are offered advantages such as extra paid maternity leave and support once back at work.

PARAGUAY

Berkemeyer Attorneys and Counsels

Berkemeyer Attorneys and Counsels has the highest amount of female lawyers in Paraguay (24 out of 33). The implementation of its balanced hours and female mentoring policies has helped to influence the retention of its female lawyers.

PERU

Estudio Echecopar

Currently 40% of Estudio Echecopar’s attorneys are women. The firm offers equal pay for both men and women and a flexible working policy to accommodate family life.

Orihuela Abogados

Orihuela Abogados encourages the development and success of its female attorneys by offering a number of seminars and courses, remote office access and leniency during pregnancy, maternity leave and parenting.

Rubio Leguía Normand

Rubio Leguía Normand focuses on equal opportunities across the firm and at all levels of experience.

PUERTO RICO

McConnell Valdés

McConnell Valdés has been a strong proponent of diversity within the firm for the last two decades. The firm offers an active mentoring programme as well as flexible work options for women.

URUGUAY

Guyer & Regules

Guyer & Regules offers its female attorneys part-time, flexi-time and home office options for work as wella s a comprehensive mentoring programme.

Hughes & Hughes

Hughes & Hughes offers flexible and supportive schemes in order for female lawyers to find personal and professional work-life balance.

Ferrere

Ferrere has a high percentage of female associates and the firm encourages women to strive for partnership while being allowed to maintain a work/life balance. The firm also has a specific mentoring programme for female lawyers.

VENEZUELA

Despacho de Abogados miembros de Norton Rose

Half of Despacho de Abogados miembros de Norton Rose’s lawyers are female and the firm is proactive in its awareness of gender diversity. The firm offers both paternity and maternity packages which include support for those undertaking fertliity treatments plus flexi-time work and a mentoring policy.

DLA InterJuris Abogados

With an extremely large percentage of female lawyers across all levels of experience, DLA InterJuris Abogados has recently introduced flexi-working and a mentoring programme in the last 2 years.

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz

Travieso Evans Arria Rengel & Paz offers its attorneys a reduced hours policy, a female monthly newsletter and female-friendly work-life events.