The Equity Project

Providing an economic incentive to help close the gender gap in law

The gender pay gap

Women are significantly underrepresented at the senior-most ranks of law firms and earn less than their male peers.

There’s no shortage of diversity and inclusion programs, but at the current rate of change women lawyers won’t approach equity for at least a generation.

To create real change, the economics of law must change.

A pragmatic solution

The Equity Project is a groundbreaking initiative designed to close the gender gap in law by providing an economic incentive for change through a $50 million capital pool earmarked for financing commercial litigation and arbitration matters led by women.

This includes matters where a woman lawyer is first chair; serves as lead counsel; chairs the steering committee; earns the origination credit; is the client relationship manager; or a women-owned law firm is representing the client.

With capital from The Equity Project, women can:

  • Pitch clients with attractive alternative fee arrangements—and a built-in competitive edge
  • Pursue leadership positions in significant matters
  • Persuade firm contingency fee committees to take on matters that require significant investment but offer substantial success fees
  • Ease pathways towards origination and client relationship credit
  • Demonstrate innovation and ambition to land new clients and serve them well
  • In-house lawyers can use litigation finance to showcase her financial savvy and leadership ability by meeting recovery targets without cost or risk to the business

 

Equity Project Champions*

Alexandra Rose
Partner
Clayton Utz

Amy Frey
Partner
King & Spalding

Brenda Horrigan
Head of International Arbitration Australia
Herbert Smith Freehills

Caren Ulrich Stacy
Founder & CEO
Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship

Carolyn Lamm
Partner
White & Case

Domitille Baizeau
Partner
Lalive

Dr. Nadine Herrmann
Managing Partner and Chair, EU and German Competition Law Practice
Quinn Emanuel

Faith Gay
Founding Partner
Selendy & Gay

Jonathan Goldin
General Counsel
Goldin Associates

Maria Ginzburg
Partner
Selendy & Gay

Megan E. Jones
Partner
Hausfeld

Mylan Denerstein
Co-Chair, Public Policy Practice Group
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Nicole D. Galli
Managing Partner
Law Offices of N.D. Galli

Noradèle Radjai
Partner
Lalive

Roberta D. Liebenberg
Senior Partner
Fine, Kaplan & Black

Sophie J. Lamb QC
Global Co-Chair, International Arbitration Practice
Latham & Watkins

Sophie Nappert
International arbitrator,
Moderator, OGEMID

Stephanie L. Carman
Counsel
Hogan Lovells

Sue Prevezer QC
Chair, International Trial Practice
Quinn Emanuel

Tara Lee
Chair, Transnational Litigation Practice
Quinn Emanuel

The Honorable Katherine B. Forrest
Partner
Cravath, Swaine & Moore

Wendy J. Miles QC
Partner
Debevoise & Plimpton

*List in formation. Current as of 09 July 2019.