Press Release

WILEF Once Again Recognizes Morgan Lewis with US Gold Standard Certification in 2022

July 26, 2022

NEW YORK, July 26, 2022: For the eighth consecutive year, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF) awarded its US Gold Standard Certification to Morgan Lewis. The annual certification celebrates firms that meet objective results-driven criteria that demonstrate a significant number of women have attained the highest leadership levels at the firm.

“We have long recognized that a firm culture focused on engagement, well-being, and inclusion is the key to providing exceptional client service,” said Firm Chair Jami McKeon. “We’ve been very intentional to create an environment where all people can be their authentic selves and support our women wherever they are in their lives.”

In order to earn WILEF’s Gold Standard status, law firms must satisfy the following: 25% of equity partners are women, or, alternatively, 40% of the lawyers who became equity partners within the last year are female; and 10% of equity partners are women of color or 4% of women equity partners are LGBTQ+.

Morgan Lewis is one of only 32 US law firms that meets these standards, as well as exceeds the following criteria:

  • 20% of the firm and US branch office heads are women.
  • 25% of the firm’s primary governance committee are women.
  • 25% of the firm’s compensation committee or its equivalent are women.
  • 20% of the top half of the firm’s equity partners in terms of compensation are women.