MoFo Makes ChIPs’ 2018 Honor Roll List for Driving Gender Equity in IP Law


On October 30, the results of the ChIPs Inclusion Blueprint Survey were released, naming Morrison & Foerster among the top-scoring firms on its 2018 Honor Roll. In a joint effort with Diversity Lab, the ChIPs Inclusion Blueprint Survey measures gender diversity in law firms, including leadership, to ensure equity and transparency in the advancement of women in the field, particularly in the IP practice area.

The ChIPs Blueprint Survey was distributed by invitation only to 59 law firms — many in the AmLaw 200 — and consisted of 46 questions. MoFo scored in the top 25 percent overall, ranking highly on gender representation in leadership as well as inclusion activities and policies, both firmwide and within its Intellectual Property Group.

This achievement highlights MoFo’s commitment to providing fair and transparent advancement policies and compensation, as well as equitable access to opportunities. It also recognizes MoFo’s active effort to track and measure equitable access to work experiences and opportunities, ensuring a diverse pipeline into leadership at practice group and firm levels.

The inclusion and advancement of talented women lawyers has been a cornerstone of MoFo’s culture for over 40 years, and a large part of that is due to setting (and reaching) higher benchmarks. In 2018, MoFo earned Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Certification Plus status for successfully reaching at least 30 percent women and minority lawyer representation in a notable number of current leadership roles and committees.

In 2018, 60 percent of MoFo’s partner promotions were given to women. The advancement of women in IP, a traditionally male-dominated area, is certainly no exception; four out of 13 of MoFo’s Patent Group partners are female.

At the associate level, the firm’s Women’s Strategy Committee drives initiatives that are designed to provide mentorship, networking, and sponsorship opportunities such as affinity and attorney development groups, organic sponsorships, and policies to support better work-life balance for women with families.

Although this is the first year the Blueprint Survey was distributed, both ChIPs and Diversity Lab are hopeful that it will encourage firms to look beyond the numbers to the actions they are taking to advance women in technology, law, and policy.

You can read more about ChIPs, Diversity Lab, and the Inclusion Blueprint Survey here.