Foley & Mansfield Champions Gender Parity; Firm Named #2 in National Law Journal Women in Law Rankings

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#NJL500–Foley & Mansfield is pleased to announce that the firm has been named #2
among the National Law Journal Women in Law rankings, and has again been
listed among the nation’s largest law firms – the NLJ 500. The firm
ranked #271 in the annual listing, which this year was expanded to
include the top 500 law firms in the nation.

The Women in Law rank was calculated by adding each firm’s percentage of
women attorneys with its percentage of women partners, a formula that
gives extra weight to women in the partnership ranks.

“Partnership, and especially equity partnership, is a critical gauge of
the firm’s diversity and inclusion initiatives,” says firm founder Kyle
Mansfield. “It is one thing to be committed to hiring women and
minorities, it is another to provide real opportunities for all of our
professionals to be leaders and in turn owners in their own right,” he

This sentiment rings especially true with Lisa Lamm Bachman, an
employment and business litigator in the firm’s Minneapolis office who,
despite a demanding practice, also spearheads the office’s pro bono
efforts and serves as a mentor for its younger commercial attorneys.
Bachman, who originally joined the firm in 2008 and was named to the
partnership in 2010, left the firm for nearly one and a half years
before realizing that she deeply missed the professional support,
comradery, and lifestyle benefits Foley & Mansfield provided. She
rejoined the firm in 2013, and was subsequently named to the equity
partnership in 2016. “I knew this was the right firm for me as I am
supported in trying to balance the demands of a busy practice with my
personal obligations,” she said. “Foley & Mansfield provides
opportunities for professional growth and development, as well as
recognition of hard work and accomplishments both in and out of the

Since she first began her legal career, Virginia Easley Johnson,
managing partner of Foley & Mansfield’s Miami office, has experienced
first hand many of the challenges female attorneys have faced in the
market, along with the changing attitudes and actions regarding
advancement for women since. “When I started practicing in 1986, I was
indeed fortunate to start with a firm who afforded me the opportunity to
be their first female litigator. Since then, I have endeavored to
mentor, train, and encourage other women to be litigators,” she says. As
the firm’s first woman managing partner, she opened its Miami office in
2003, and was named to the equity partnership the following year.
Johnson, who sits on the firm’s executive committee, also organizes
Foley & Mansfield’s annual service trip, this year assisting with
infrastructure on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana. “Foley
and Mansfield has always provided women the opportunity to succeed
without sacrificing family and lifestyle choices. It’s about being a
well-rounded person,” she adds.

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