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Women’s Initiatives

Proskauer has long championed the professional development and career advancement of women. We named our first woman partner in 1965, years before doing so became the norm.

We are a firm where women excel:

  • Women are heads of offices, practices and departments and members of our Evaluation, Recruiting, Lateral Integration and Business Development committees.
  • The Women in Law Empowerment Forum recognized Proskauer as a 2015 Gold Standard firm for the leadership roles achieved by women partners.

  • The Yale Law Women’s 2015 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms Survey honored Proskauer in the Gender Equity category.

Key initiatives

Our key women's initiatives include:

  • Proskauer Women's Alliance. PWA is our flagship initiative for women. Led by a steering committee of senior counsel and associates advised by partners, it fosters the career development of women lawyers in a number of ways.
  • Women's Sponsorship Program. WSP takes career development beyond traditional mentoring: The firm selects distinguished senior partners as sponsors who not only serve as advisors, but also proactively advocate on behalf of carefully chosen mid- and senior-level women lawyers.
  • Mentoring. All associates are assigned mentors — partners, senior counsel or senior associates — throughout their careers at Proskauer. The mentors provide guidance on professional development, working relationships and our culture.
  • Associate Shadowing Program. The Shadowing Program offers great opportunities for associates to participate in professional experiences that could serve as valuable training tools, such as attendance at a significant client meeting, negotiation session, court appearance or deposition conducted by a more senior lawyer.
  • Encouragement of board membership. We educate women lawyers about board membership, identify opportunities and connect them with women who have board experience and can offer special insight.
  • Alumni panel discussions and networking events. Current and former Proskauer women lawyers come together to share their experiences and build potentially career-enhancing relationships.
  • Sponsorships and partnerships. We partner with groups such as the National Association of Women Lawyers, the Women’s Bar Association, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum and the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law to support their programs and events.
  • Community outreach. Proskauer women play active roles in supporting women-focused programs, groups and organizations that serve their communities, whether local or viewed more broadly.
  • Re-entry. We offer career coaching specifically designed for caregivers transitioning back to the firm from maternity leave or parental leave. 

  • CaRe. Our Caregiver Return Program (CaRe) allows primary caregivers returning from leave to work on a reduced work schedule at their pre-leave compensation. For the first six months following their return, lawyers work 75% of a full time schedule while receiving 100% of their pre-leave compensation. Lawyers who want to continue working on a reduced schedule after the six-month period may request an individualized work arrangement at reduced hours and compensation for up to one additional year.
  • Flex-time. Our lawyers can develop flexible work schedules to help achieve a better balance between their professional and personal obligations.

Events and professional development

Throughout the year we host networking events and professional development trainings including:

Women’s History Month Film Screenings. We celebrate Women’s History Month through a variety of programming. Marquee events featured the screening and discussion of documentary films including:

  • He Named Me Malala, an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who as a teen was targeted by the Taliban for advocating for girls’ education
  • Girl Rising, a sweeping film about girls in developing countries who have confronted tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams of an education

Building Blocks for Success. We host a quarterly series of discussions on professional and business development topics such as effective management, how to develop authentic executive presence and the essentials of client origination.

Third Thursdays.
We hold a monthly series of social events and topical discussions where our women lawyers cultivate relationships, network and share suggestions and advice. Each event is unique – we recently featured a photography exhibit titled “Real People. Real Lives. Women Immigrants of New York.” which was brought to us by pro bono client New Women New Yorkers, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young women immigrants in New York City.

In their own words


"Proskauer encourages women not just to be good lawyers, but good leaders, too. I've experienced this firsthand. The firm gives women opportunities to find the leader in themselves."

Elise Bloom, partner, co-Chair of the Labor & Employment Department and former member of the Executive Committee



"The Proskauer Women's Alliance is a key resource for women lawyers to grow their careers here. Its programs and networking opportunities put women in a position to succeed."

Margaret Dale, partner, Litigation Department and advisor to the Proskauer Women's Alliance



"I've received tremendous support and guidance from the firm since I started here, and I've seen the sponsorship of women grow over time. There's a real commitment here to help women succeed and reach their potential."

Andrea Rattner, partner, Women’s Sponsorship Program partner liaison, former member of the Executive Committee and former Chair of the Tax Department