Gibson Dunn is deeply committed to the advancement and promotion of women. Improving gender diversity is one of the top priorities of Firm management, who works closely with the Gender Subcommittee of the Global Diversity Committee to expand opportunities for women as they advance up the ranks and into the leadership structure of the Firm.

We created the "Women of Gibson Dunn" Initiative to provide women with exposure to client and leadership development opportunities; connections to women leaders both internally and externally; support while on flexible work arrangements to help our women lawyers maintain greater work life control; and provide assistance in forging a deep connection to the larger community through our engagement with various women organizations across the globe. We also expanded our women's efforts to include Women of Color, LGBT Women and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Asia) Women's Initiatives. Below are a few examples of our women's programming.

WOMEN OF GIBSON DUNN INITIATIVE

Advancement occurs when leaders are informed. Leaders within the firm will undertake a series of conversations with thought leaders on women's advancement.

The firm will work to expand opportunities for women as they advance through innovative leadership development events and programming.

The firm supports women in their efforts to connect and build a community within their offices and around Gibson Dunn.

Every year, the firm donates thousands of lawyer hours and dollars to different organizations and causes that promote the interests of women and girls.

Leadership Development

Gibson Dunn works tirelessly to provide opportunities for our women to gain valuable leadership skills during internal women gatherings and events where we host external women leaders and female clients. Every year, the Firm hosts over 100 women's events and gatherings. We have also hosted four firm-wide, large-scale inaugural women's retreats – the All Women's Retreat, Women's Partner Retreat, Women's Mid-level Retreat and a European Women's Retreat. We believe that these gatherings and initiatives play a critical role in grooming the next generation of women leaders at the Firm. We have also created Women's Mentoring Circles, which provide opportunities for our women partners to connect with female attorneys across class years and to further foster women's professional development at the Firm. Through our Women of Gibson Dunn, Women of Color, LGBT Women and EMEA (Europe-Middle East and Asia) Women's Initiatives, we work diligently to devise programming that ensures that all perspectives facing the broad diversity of our women lawyers are duly represented. 

Gibson Dunn appreciates the importance of family. We have several polices to help our lawyers achieve meaningful work life control, including generous parental leaves, flex-time and reason-blind leaves of absences and a new transitional hours policy that allows returning parents to work on a 75 percent schedule for three months while receiving 100 percent pay. Many of our offerings are only available in all of our U.S. offices. In our global offices, we follow the country's respective regulations concerning leave policies, flex-time offerings and accommodations in the workplace.   

For the birth of a child, our women lawyers are entitled to up to eighteen weeks of paid maternity leave, and male lawyers are entitled to up to ten weeks of paid paternity leave. In addition, Gibson Dunn offers paid leave following an adoption and placement of a foster child. The Diversity and Professional Development departments work closely to support our attorney parents in navigating the changes in both their personal and professional lives. Our Gibson Dunn Families program offers individual coaching to all expecting and new parents to help with off-ramping, on-ramping, and adjusting to having a new baby. This program also provides an advice collection and resource library for parents on topics relevant to balancing a new child with work. Gibson Dunn offers lactation rooms for nursing mothers, in-home and/or center based back-up care when regular care is unavailable and forums for parents and expectant parents to discuss any and all issues surrounding work-life control and kids. Our attorneys also have access to frequent in-office presentations by the Human Resources and Professional Development departments detailing the Firm's work-life policies. 

Gibson Dunn's flex-time policy allows our attorneys to design a reduced work schedule to meet the demands of child care, care for a sick or disabled family member, or other compelling circumstances. Our flex-time lawyers are supported by a dedicated affinity group and the Professional Development team conducts periodic in-depth check-ins, assigns coaches from within the flex-time attorney's same practice group and hosts biannual group videoconferences that allow flex-time lawyers to share their experiences and to solicit advice. The Professional Development department also provides flex-time attorneys with tips and suggestions on how to manage their time, responsibilities, and relationships while on a reduced work schedule.

In addition to frequent in-office presentations by the Human Resources and Professional Development departments detailing the Firm's work-life policies, attorneys have access to many helpful resources which include Gibson Dunn's Parental Leave and Flex-Time FAQ Guides, "Tips for Going Out on Leave," and "Tips for Coming Back from Leave." 

SPONSORSHIP AND RECOGNITION

Gibson Dunn donates thousands of lawyer hours and dollars each year to several different organizations and causes that promote the interests of women and girls, including, but not limited, to the International Women's Media Foundation, Colorado Women's Bar Association, Mount St. Mary's College, National Association of Women Lawyers, The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance, Catalyst, DirectWomen Board Institute, The Feminist Majority, ChIPs Women in IP Summit, Girls Who Code and various women's U.S. and local bar associations worldwide. We are committed to contributing to the greater good, and know that the organizations we support are better for it.

Gibson Dunn women have been recognized for their leadership and talent by numerous publications and organizations over the past few years.

  • The National Law Journal named Barbara Becker and Debra Wong Yang to its inaugural list of Outstanding Women Lawyers.
  • Law360 named Theane Evangelis, Robyn Zolman and Mary Kay Dunning to its Rising Star list for 2015 list.
  • Law360 featured Debra Wong Yang in its Minority Powerbrokers Q&A Series.
  • Legal Momentum awarded Mary Murphy with Women of Achievement recognition.
  • Variety named Ruth Fisher to its 2015 Legal Impact Report
  • AmLaw Daily named Helgi Walker Litigator of the Week.
  • AmLaw Daily named Lois Herzeca as one of its Dealmakers of the Year.
  • Asialaw Leading Lawyers publication featured Kelly Austin as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The Dallas Business Journal named Veronica Lewis to its Top 25 Women in Business in North Texas.
  • The Daily Journal named Cathy Conway, Linda Curtis, Ruth Fisher, Margie Lewis, and Debra Wong Yang to its list of Top Women Lawyers in California.
  • The Daily Journal named Amy Forbes and Mary Murphy to its list of Land Use Leaders.
  • The Daily Journal named Mary Murphy to its list of Top 30 real estate attorneys in California.
  • The Daily Journal name Ruth Fisher to its annual list of the Top 100 Lawyers in California.
  • The Daily Journal named Catherine Conway to its list of top Labor & Employment Attorneys in California.
  • The Daily Journal named Theane Evangelis to its annual list of Top 20 California attorneys under 40.
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group named Ruth Fisher  "Best in Media & Entertainment" and Amy Goodman "Best in Corporate Governance  at the Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
  • The Hollywood Reporter named Ruth Fisher to its annual list of Power Lawyers spotlighting the 100 most influential attorneys in the entertainment business.
  • Law360 named Theane Evangelis to its Rising Stars for 2013 list.
  • The Los Angeles Business Journal named Amy Forbes to its list of Who's Who in Real Estate Law.
  • The Los Angeles Business Journal named Jennifer Bellah Maguire and Ruth Fisher to its most influential M&A Advisors List.
  • The Los Angeles Business Journal named Linda Curtis to its annual list of Who's Who in Law, which recognizes 40 of Los Angeles' top corporate attorneys.
  • The National Association of Corporate Directors named Amy Goodman to its NACD 2013 Directorship 100 list.
  • The Recorder named Mary Murphy Attorney of the Year and Theane Evangelis and Perlette Jura to its list of Lawyers on the Fast Track.
  • The San Francisco Business Times named Mary Murphy to its annual list of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.

Women's Events

The Firm organizes over 100 women's related events and gatherings each year. Please click below for additional information.

  • Gibson Dunn hosted an inaugural All Women's Retreat with over 425 women lawyers in attendance from across the Firm. The retreat featured innovative speakers such as Harvard Business School Professor Amy Cuddy and renowned diversity consultant Verna Myers as well as a dozen substantive programs for our women lawyers to attend.  With a theme of Thriving Together, the goal of the All Women's retreat was to provide a forum to deepen existing relationships, facilitate new connections, engage in meaningful conversations and curate a rich culture within the Firm that embraces the advancement of women.  The Firm has also hosted a Women's Mid-Level and European Women's Retreat.
  • As part of our Women's Leadership Series, Gibson Dunn partner Debra Wong Yang moderated a General Counsel Roundtable with Aisha Christian (Rent the Runway), Sari Granat (IHS Markit) and Michal Rosenn (Kickstarter).
  • Nearly all of our offices hosts monthly women's lunches, with associates taking turns choosing the lunch topic and leading the discussion.
  • Our Europe, Middle East and Asia offices hosted the inaugural EMEA Women's Event, which was hosted live in London with other offices joining via videoconference. The discussion centered on women's rights around the globe, and our attorneys were joined by Maggie Murphy, the founder of "An Equal Playing Field," an organization which aims to promote women and girls' opportunities to advance equality.
  • The Women of Color Initiative hosted a firmwide discussion on "Leadership and the Power of Strong Female Role Models," moderated by associate Emily Speak and featured partner Debra Wong Yang and Jean Lee, President and CEO of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.
  • As part of our Women's Leadership Series, Los Angeles partner Ted Boutrous hosted a Conversation with Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief of Glamour magazine, to discuss her career and the advancement of women in the workplace.
  • Led by Gibson Dunn partner Beth Ising and associates Abbey Hudson and Kelly Herbert, the LGBT Women Affinity Group hosted numerous internal in-person gatherings and external gatherings that connect LGBT women lawyers in the Los Angeles area. We have hosted LGBT-women focused recruiting events at law schools and formulated an LGBT women recruiting plan to attract more LGBT women to the Firm. The group is a proud sponsor of The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Evening with Women annual dinner and Out Leadership's OUTWomen Initiative.
  • Gibson Dunn hosted our Annual Diversity Networking Reception in Los Angeles featuring Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code, who spoke about her journey in the legal, political and the technology sectors. Over 200 were in attendance, with the audience being comprised of Gibson Dunn attorneys and summer associates, clients, and leaders within the non-profit and corporate sectors, as well as leaders from the Los Angeles community. 
  • Gibson Dunn's Women of Color Initiative hosted Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track, a fictional novel about a young Asian American woman poised to become the first minority female partner at a prestigious global firm.
  • As part of our Women's Leadership Series, Los Angeles partner Theodore Boutrous participated in a firm-wide conversation with Katty Kay, lead anchor for BBC World News America, who discussed the national discourse occurring around women's advancement in the workplace. We've also hosted women's lunches at various offices, with a discussion on Katty Kay's book, The Confidence Code.   
  • As part of our Women's Leadership Series, Washington, DC partner Ted Olson hosted a Conversation with Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent at ABC News, in conjunction with the Women in Law Empowerment Forum to discuss issues related to the advancement of women in the workplace.
  • As part of our Women's Leadership Series, Los Angeles partner Theane Evangelis hosted a Conversation with Lynn Povich, the first female Senior Editor at Newsweek, to discuss gender issues in the workplace.  
  • Gibson Dunn hosted the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance's Flex Success Leadership Institute, leadership program specifically designed for Senior Associates, Of Counsel, and Junior Partners working a flex or reduced hours schedule. The Institute included interactive workshops that included tools to teach participants to broaden their personal leadership style, business acumen, and communication proficiency while connecting with other aspiring leaders in the legal profession.   
  • As part of our Women's Leadership Series, Los Angeles partner Theodore Boutrous participated in a firm-wide conversation with Kristina Schake, former Special Assistant to the President and Director of Communications for the First Lady of the United States under President Obama's Administration.
  • As part of our Women's Leadership Series, New York partner Barbara Becker hosted a joint event with Morgan Stanley's legal and compliance department's women's committee to discuss Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In.