Pepper Hamilton LLP writes, "For the first time in its 126-year history, Pepper Hamilton on Nov. 18 elected an all-female class of lawyers to the ranks of partner and of counsel, the firm’s chairman announced.
'Today is a special moment for Pepper Hamilton,' said Thomas M. Gallagher, chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee. 'We have elevated an exceptionally talented class of lawyers - all women - to our partnership and of counsel ranks. We look forward to working closely with these deserving, hard-working lawyers as they continue in Pepper's long tradition of cutting-edge problem solving and client service.'
Those elected as partners are:
Abigail A. Hazlett – Philadelphia, White Collar Litigation and Investigations
Shirley R. Kuhlmann – Boston, Corporate and Securities
Judith L. O’Grady – Washington, Health Effects Litigation
Nilufer R. Shaikh – New York, Corporate and Securities
Those elected as of counsel are:
Tracey E. Diamond – Philadelphia, Labor and Employment
Jessica A. Rickabaugh – Philadelphia, Health Effects Litigation
The promotions come at a time when the legal profession continues to struggle to promote women to partner and other leadership positions. According to the American Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession, more than half of law school students are women, and women account for nearly 45 percent of associate positions, but only 21.5 percent of partners and just 18 percent of equity partners in law firms are women.
'The women we promoted today are all extraordinary lawyers,' Gallagher noted. 'It is doubly rewarding to see us continue to advance our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the same time.'"