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Baker Women, Baker Donelson women's initiative, is committed to creating an environment where women attorneys and advisors thrive.

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Why Baker Donelson?

Named as a 2024 "Best Law Firm for Women & Diversity" by Seramount
Ranked 14th for Women by Vault "Best Law Firms for Diversity" in 2025
50% of the Firm's department chairs are women
Women represent more than 35% of the Firm's attorneys and advisors

Baker Women, Baker Donelson women's initiative, is committed to creating an environment where women attorneys and advisors thrive, increasing the Firm’s ability to provide unparalleled client service.

Baker Donelson formed Baker Women to:

  • Improve the recruitment and retention of women attorneys by addressing issues that disproportionally affect women.
  • Increase the representation of women in leadership positions at the Firm and the communities we serve.
  • Heed the call of our clients to provide diversified attorney teams by equipping our women to be trusted advisors.
  • Improve career development for its women attorneys, thereby enhancing the economic viability of the Firm.

The Firm is focused on recruiting and promoting women attorneys, maintaining our commitment to developing new opportunities for our women attorneys and providing innovative approaches to supporting women in the Firm.


Women attorneys serve as leaders across the Firm and in the communities we serve. Currently, women serve as President and COO, on the Board of Directors, as office managing shareholders, and as practice group and committee chairs.

The commitment of Baker Donelson's women attorneys reaches well beyond the Firm. Many serve in positions of leadership in their communities and industries, including the past president of the American Bar Association (ABA), the past chair of the ABA Section of Litigation, past presidents of AHLA and many more. Baker Donelson believes that encouraging and supporting women leaders ensures a better Firm to serve our clients and our communities.

Flexibility and Work-Life Balance

The Firm's gender-neutral parental leave policy allows for 17 weeks of paid leave for all full-time and part-time attorneys/advisors surrounding the birth, adoption or foster placement of a child under the age of six. With the policy, attorneys have the ability to create their own unique parental leave plan by using their allotted leave hours intermittently in the 40 weeks surrounding a birth or adoption.

Baker Donelson's Family Planning and Support Committee includes more than 30 trained Parental Leave Advisors across the Firm's offices to provide expectant and new parents guidance on how to navigate the transitions before taking leave and upon their return, as well as serving as a contact during leave.

The Firm also offers a "Family Planning and Support Leave Policy," which allows all firm employees two weeks of paid time off to focus on family-planning situations such as fertility treatments, adoption/foster proceedings, or pregnancy loss.


The Baker Women mentoring program provides women attorneys with feedback and advice to help them take ownership of their careers and advance within the Firm, the profession and the community. The Firm's goal is to develop top performers in our attorney ranks. We provide guidance, support and networking opportunities at all levels of career development. At each stage of our women attorneys' professional development, we address the challenges – and opportunities – that are unique to women attorneys. Our research and internal focus group meetings have shown that the best approach is to offer a menu of options and avenues for mentoring. Some of our options are office-specific while others are available to all women attorneys and advisors across the Firm. Several options are also available to men attorneys and public policy advisors. Baker Women mentoring options include one-on-one mentoring, mentoring circles, and office-level mentoring events. To ensure our message permeates our culture, all attorneys and advisors in Firm leadership are trained on the importance of mentoring and sponsoring women attorneys.

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