Lowenstein Sandler Removes Gender Distinctions and Expands Benefits in Parental Leave Policies

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–National law firm Lowenstein Sandler announced today that it has
expanded its parental leave benefits in line with the firm’s commitment
to working parents and the diversity and inclusiveness of its workforce.

Lowenstein’s new leave policy applies to all employees regardless of
gender, role at the firm, and whether an employee becomes a parent
through biology, adoption, or some combination.

“As the nature of how we define family evolves, we believe this move
furthers our dedication to creating a community that is diverse,
inclusive, and supportive,” said Gary M. Wingens, Chairman and Managing
Partner at Lowenstein Sandler. “Earlier this month, we received a
perfect score of 100 percent in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index. That
rating, and this week’s announcement, are part of our sustained
commitment to creating an environment in which our employees can thrive
and be their whole selves.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of the legal industry as we
recognize and support all working parents.”

Specifics of the firm’s expanded benefits include:

  • Up to 16 weeks paid leave and up to 24 weeks total leave upon the
    birth or adoption of a child for primary parental caregivers
  • Up to eight weeks paid leave and up to 12 weeks total leave upon the
    birth or adoption of a child for non-primary parental caregivers
  • A program where employees will be provided with an internal mentor who
    can assist with career-related advice and planning before, during, and
    after parental leave.
  • A ramp-up period for lawyers returning from parental leave during
    which workload expectations will be reduced for a number of months to
    allow lawyers to fully transition back to their client service role
    while adjusting to their new family.
  • Reimbursement for up to $5,000 of the cost of adoption.

“Today’s announcement is about how we treat and respect our staff and
attorneys in an equal manner,” said Donatella Verrico, Lowenstein
Sandler’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “We’ve long been rated a ‘Best
Places to Work’ employer and these expanded policies are part of our
strategy to honor and deliver on our commitment to our people across the

About Lowenstein Sandler

is a national law firm with more than 300 lawyers working
from six offices in New York, Palo Alto, Roseland, Utah, and Washington,
D.C., representing clients in virtually every sector of the global
economy with particular strength in the areas of investment funds, life
sciences, and technology.

Recognized for the breadth and depth of its practice, its extraordinary
client service, and its entrepreneurial spirit, the firm provides
seasoned, value-added legal advice and strategic solutions for its

Lowenstein Sandler prides itself on being a different kind of law firm –
one committed to and deeply rooted in the interests of its clients,
colleagues, and communities.


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Andrea Sheehy