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Arnold & Porter Named A 2006 Working Mother 100 Best Company By Working Mother Magazine

September 25, 2006

WASHINGTON , D.C. , September 25, 2006 - Arnold & Porter LLP was named to the annual "Working Mother 100 Best Companies" list by Working Mother magazine today, marking the seventh time Arnold & Porter has been so recognized.  Arnold & Porter was the only law firm in the country on the list in 2004 and 2005.  It was also the only firm on FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies To Work For" that was also named to Working Mother's "100 Best Companies" in 2006.

Richard M. Alexander, the firm's Managing Partner, noted that "we applaud Working Mother for their efforts to bring attention to the needs of working parents and are proud to be recognized for our ongoing efforts to create and maintain a work environment that helps all of our colleagues balance family and work commitments throughout the year."  In this year's issue, Arnold & Porter was noted for benefits that include flexible schedules; an on-site children's center; and paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave.

"Arnold & Porter is exceptional for its continuing commitment to working mothers, and we salute them for making the 100 Best for the seventh time," said Carol Evans, CEO of Working Mother Media. 

"I congratulate Arnold & Porter for helping its working mother employees balance the demands of their work and home lives," said Suzanne Riss, Editor-in-Chief of Working Mother magazine. "Arnold & Porter recognizes that outstanding family-friendly programs not only improve employees' lives but also give the company leverage in its ability to attract and retain top talent."

To apply for the Working Mother 100 Best, Arnold & Porter provided Working Mother magazine with detailed information on seven areas of work/life balance including workforce profile, compensation, child care, flexibility, time off and leaves, family-friendly programs and company culture.  Arnold & Porter completed a 500-question application, the most rigorous of its kind.  The firm was also required to submit benefits handbooks and supporting documentation.

Arnold & Porter was the first U.S. law firm to have a full-time, on-site day care facility, which provides an infant to preschool program and free back-up care for the children of attorneys and staff.  The Children's Center, used by staff and attorneys alike, was recently part of a presentation for Working Mother Media's "How Dads Are Doing It" WebSeminar on September 12, 2006.  James Cooper, a partner in Arnold & Porter's Washington office and parent of two children who attend the Children's Center, discussed the firm's family-friendly benefits such as parental leave and flexible schedules.  Other panelists included Roland Warren, president of National Fatherhood Initiative and Ronald Glover, vice president of Global Workforce Diversity, IBM Corporation.

The firm has long been recognized for its working environment and diversity efforts.  Last week, the firm was honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) through its inclusion on the 2006 competitive list of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) friendly workplaces in corporate America.  Arnold & Porter was one of 12 law firms to receive a 100 percent rating on HRC's list, and the only law firm of that group with its home office in Washington, D.C.  The Vault's 2007 "Guide to The Top 100 Law Firms" named Arnold & Porter one of the top twenty for both "Best in Overall Diversity" and "Quality of Life."  The firm has also been on FORTUNE's list of the "100 Best Places to Work For" for four years running.

 

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