Women's Initiatives

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King & Spalding strives to create an environment that develops and advances the professional lives of women in the firm. Through various initiatives, programs and events, we provide opportunities for our women lawyers to meet and interact with other female professionals and to build relationships with their clients, peers and firm leadership.

Women in Firm Leadership Roles

  • Atlanta partner Beth Tanis & Washington, D.C. partner Dixie Johnson is a member of the firm’s 10-member Policy Committee. This committee is the firm’s primary governing body.

  • Partner Tracie Renfroe is the Office Managing Partner for the Houston office.

  • Atlanta partner Catherine O’Neil, Washington, DC partners Meredith Moss, Nikki Reeves, and Christine Savage and London partner Jane Player are members of the firm's 14-person Partners Committee. This committee evaluates non-equity partners, sets non-equity partner compensation and recommends promotions to equity partner.

  • Atlanta partner Carolyn Alford is the Practice Group Leader for the Finance group and is a member of the firm's five-member Compensation Committee. This committee guides the equity partner evaluation and compensation process.

  • Houston partner Carol Wood is the Practice Group Leader for the Tort & Environmental Litigation group.

  • Atlanta partner Lisa Keyes is the Professional Development Partner for the firm and is responsible for all lawyer professional development and training offered through the firm, including our nationally recognized King & Spalding University program. She also co-chairs the firm's Lawyer Development Committee.

  • Atlanta partner Patricia Barmeyer is the head of the firm’s Community Fund Committee which distributes over $1.25 million annually to various causes and organizations.

Women in Leadership in the Legal Community

  • Austin associate Myrna Salinas Baumann serves as a board member of the Hispanic Bar  Association of Austin Charitable Foundation.

  • Atlanta partner Tish McDonald serves on the board of the Atlanta Women’s Foundation (AWF). Founded in 1986, the AWF is the only public foundation in Georgia dedicated solely to women and girls. She is also on the board of directors for the Atlanta Bar Foundation.

  • Washington DC partner Nikki Reeves serves on the leadership advisory committee of the National Women's Law Center.

  • New York partner Wendy Waszmer is co-chair of the Diversity Committee of the Antitrust Section of the New York State Bar Association.

  • Atlanta partner Sara Kay Wheeler was elected second vice president of the combined boards of directors of the Health Care Compliance Association and the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics. She also is serving on the Executive Committee of the organizations’ combined boards.

  • Elizabeth Adler, Atlanta Senior Associate, is on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Bar Association Litigation section.

  • Atlanta Partner, Sarah Borders, is on the Board of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation.

  • Atlanta Associate, Elizabeth Fite, won an award of Achievement for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia for Outstanding Service to the Bar.

  • Amelia Medina, Atlanta Associate, is the president-elect of the Junior Board of Directors of the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Association.

  • Rebeca Ojeda, Atlanta Associate, is the Vice President of the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association.

  • Misty Peterson, Atlanta Counsel, is on the Board of the Stonewall Bar Association.

  • Atlanta Senior Associate, Coleen Schoch, is a Board Member of Georgia Lawyers for the Arts.

  • Houston Partner, Shawn Stephens, was named as a “women on the move” in Houston by Texas Executive Women.

  • Caline Mouawad, New York Partner, is Chair of the International Law Committee of the New York Bar Association.

Awards & Recognition

  • Working Mother magazine and Flex-Time Lawyers LLC has selected King & Spalding for inclusion in its 2016 “Top 50 Best Law Firms for Women” list, which recognizes firms for their family friendly policies and career and business development initiatives that are helping retain women attorneys and advance them into the leadership pipeline.

  • Atlanta partners Beth Tanis and Chilton Davis Varner (Past President) are Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers, considered to be the premier professional trial organization in the United States.

  • Chilton Davis Varner, Atlanta partner, was named a “Super All-Star” in BTI Consulting Group’s annual client service survey – one of only four lawyers nationwide to receive this recognition. Selection to the Super All-Star list is based on earning multiple client nominations from among the more than 300 corporate counsel who participated in the survey.

  • New York partner Carmen Lawrence was Metropolitan Black Bar Association’s (MBBA’s) “Private Practitioner of the Year” 2014 recipient. The MBBA Private Practitioner award “recognizes an attorney who has demonstrated a superior ability to represent his or her clients zealously and effectively at the highest of levels.”

  • Atlanta partner Carolyn Alford was appointed to the board of trustees of the American College of Investment Counsel, a national organization of lawyers focused on advising institutional investors.

  • Atlanta partner Anne Cox-Johnson was awarded a Most Powerful & Influential Women Award by the Georgia Diversity Council in 2015, part of the National Diversity Council, which seeks not only to uphold and promote the principles of diversity and leadership, but also seeks to recognize those individuals who personify those principles.

  • Washington DC partner Dixie Johnson was named a “Washington National White Collar Litigation Star” by Benchmark Litigation. She also was elected a member of the American Law Institute, whose members are selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law.

  • More than 150 King & Spalding lawyers were ranked as leaders in their fields in the various Chambers and Partners guides in 2016, including the following women:

  • In The Legal 500 2016 guide to the leading law firms in Latin America, New York partner : New York partner Caline Mouawad and Houston partner Vera De Brito de Gyarfas were counted among the region’s outstanding legal service providers.

  • In 2015, for a 16th consecutive year, Latin Lawyer identified King & Spalding as one of Latin America’s top business law firms in its Latin Lawyer 250 guide. Recognized as a leaders in her field was Houston partner Vera De Brito de Gyarfas.

  • In its 2016 edition, Best Lawyers recognized Moscow partners Jennifer Josefson and Olga Kozyr as among the leading legal advisors in Russia. Josefson received special recognition as the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” in the Moscow energy and natural resources law category. Kozyr was recognized as an expert in environmental and real estate law.

  • King & Spalding earned seven practice rankings and 13 individual lawyer recognitions in the latest edition of the Legal 500 UK guide including female partners Angela Hayes, Jane E Player and partner Sarah Y Walker and counsel Nina M Howell.

  • In the 2016 edition of the Chambers UK guide, multiple King & Spalding practices and lawyers were recognized as among the best in the United Kingdom. Eleven of the firm’s London-based lawyers earned a total of 14 individual rankings for their leadership in their fields, including female partners Ruth M.D. Byrne, Angela Hayes, Jane E Player and partner Sarah Y Walker and counsel Nina M Howell.

Facts & Figures

  • As of January 1, 2016, 45% of our associates are women and 23% of our partnership are women. 43% of the new associates who joined the firm in 2015 were women.

  • Retired Partner Ruth West became the first woman elected to the firm’s partnership in 1980.
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