Leslie Richards-Yellen Discusses How BigLaw Can Do More for Women

April 17, 2016

Leslie Richards-Yellen, Hinshaw Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, was quoted in the article "The Top 5 Ways BigLaw Is Failing Women" published by Law360 on April 17, 2016. 

The article discuses how law firms continue to fall short when it comes to retaining and promoting female attorneys and how firms should re-examine the ways attorneys succeed. Ms. Richards-Yellen comments on firm relations stating, "Think about whether other people helped to contribute to the relationship or make it stronger and whether some of that credit should inure to the benefit of women," pointing out that women do a lot of the work of growing and nurturing relationships. Ms. Richards-Yellen also discusses how some firms ignore succession planning to their detriment, why mentors are so important to women lawyers, and what benefits diversity brings to firms and their clients. 

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Leslie Richards-Yellen serves as Hinshaw's Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. She is a member of the firm's Executive Committee, Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee and a co-chair of the firm's Attorney Life Committee. Ms. Richards-Yellen concentrates her practice in the public finance arena. Since 2007 she has served as borrower's and issuer's counsel and workout counsel in excess of $3 billion in financings. She has experience as in-house counsel and in private practice. 

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.