Yes Virginia, there is a glass ceiling in the legal profession. It's invisible, but it highlights the disparity between men and women lawyers. The latest evidence that women are shortchanged in the law is found in the 2011 Billing Rates & Practices Survey published by ALM Legal Intelligence.
Across the board, the average billing rates for women partners and associates are consistently lower than those of their male counterparts.
The average billing rate for males is $312 and for females it is $259 at a national level, representing more than a 20 percent gap, according to the ALM survey. The highest average hourly rate is $935 for males and $625 for females.
Women are never going to achieve equality in the profession until their fees match the rates of male lawyers.
Females have consistently lower average billing rates than males, across all firm sizes and titles (equity partner, associate, etc.)
The top specialty areas with the highest average hourly billing rate for males include commercial/contract litigation ($352), intellectual property non-litigation ($341) and real estate non-litigation ($333).
Females have the highest average billing rate for intellectual property non-litigation ($316), trusts/estates/probate non-litigation ($287) and commercial/contract litigation ($286).
Billing Targets: Are They Driving Women Lawyers Out of the Profession Recently a male partner said to me that while practicing law in a firm has always been more challenging for women, he believes that today it is almost impossible. This bold statement surprised me ? not because I am unaware of the many challenges that women lawyers face but because I look at how far we have come over the past 30 years and cling to the hopeful belief that progress is being made...
Unbalanced focus on high-end billing rates The 2007 ALM Research Survey Report on Billing Rates & Practices summarizes data from 5,058 law-firm respondents. From this group, which I assume to be reasonably representative of law firms in the United States that are not large, the average...
Search Blog Directory:
Lawsuits and Settlements
Lipitor Review of Studies Show No Significant Benefit in Women