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More major companies are hiring women general counsel, Fenwick & West report finds

Caroline Spiezio writes in The National Law Journal, "Women are increasingly landing the general counsel role at major U.S. companies, including Silicon Valley’s biggest names, a Fenwick & West report revealed this week.

The Fenwick & West Gender Diversity Survey, published Tuesday, compared gender representation at the executive level for S&P 100 companies and the top 150 public technology companies based in Silicon Valley, the SV150.

S&P 100 companies were more likely to have a woman general counsel than their SV150 counterparts, 29.8 percent versus 27.2 percent, in the 2018 proxy season.

“I think there’s been a more concerted effort at larger companies … to be attendant to diversity sooner, and there are younger and smaller companies in the SV150. And so that concerted effort may not be quite as caught up,” said David Bell, a partner in Fenwick’s corporate practice who co-authored the report.

He noted S&P 100 companies are likely to have mature, large legal departments and thus larger recruiting pools than young SV150 companies, which may make it easier for the former to find and promote diverse talent." READ MORE>>

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