14 August 2007 - Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP has been named a 2007 Best Law Firm for Women by Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers, a national consulting firm advising attorneys and legal employers on work-life balance and the retention and advancement of women. A new initiative from the leading advocates for work-life balance and women-friendly policies, Best Law Firms for Women honors 50 winning firms for their commitment to the retention and advancement of female talent.

"Since its founding, Working Mother magazine has championed progressive, women-friendly changes in the workplace," said Carol Evans, CEO, Working Mother Media. "We are so excited to be able to work with Flex-Time Lawyers to celebrate change in a field that has historically struggled to support women and their life choices. I commend Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw for taking the lead for women lawyers."

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw appears on the list of Best Law Firms for Women in the August/September issue of Working Mother. The firm will be among those honored at a luncheon in New York in September. Additionally, the firm will be able to use the national benchmarking data now available through its participation in this initiative.

"We are extremely proud of this recognition as one of the law firms that is leading with innovative programs and policies that help female attorneys achieve balance in their personal and professional lives, and thrive as practitioners," said James D. Holzhauer, Chairman of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. Mr. Holzhauer specifically noted several of the most popular initiatives offered by the firm: women's forums in local offices, national and regional women's symposiums, joint initiatives with clients for networking, reduced hours policy, paid parental and paid maternity leaves, back-up emergency childcare and in-home childcare.

Additionally, Mr. Holzhauer praised the efforts of the firm's Women's Initiative Committee: "This group of partners from across the firm keeps us focused on initiatives aimed at improving the retention, advancement and promotion of women lawyers. The firm greatly benefits from this Committee's work."

Further information:
Gary Gerard
Asst. Dir. of Public Relations