Work and Life Balance
We seek to cultivate a work environment that permits and encourages lawyers to practice law in a manner consistent with the firm’s core values of quality, excellence and service to clients, while maintaining rewarding family and personal lives. This goal is rooted in the fundamental notion that our firm benefits from having a diverse group of lawyers who excel in the practice of law, as well as in other aspects of their lives. Therefore, we are committed to providing our lawyers with the support they need to balance their professional obligations with their personal lives. To this end, we provide alternative work arrangements that include part-time, flextime and telecommuting schedules, as well as generous parental and family leaves, subsidized emergency childcare, and the technology required for working outside of the office.
WilmerHale continues to be a leader in family friendly practices. We were selected over the years as one of Yale Law Women’s Top Ten Family Friendly Firms, and we have been honored as a “firm of choice” in the Working Mother & Flex-Time Lawyers survey of “Best Law Firms for Women.” The “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms List” was created to celebrate firms who are the leaders in facilitating work/life balance for lawyers, and the Working Mother report examines the challenges facing female lawyers and recognizes firms that have instituted family-friendly benefits and programs that help women succeed at the firm.
As an inaugural signatory of the American Bar Association Well-Being Pledge for Legal Employers, we are committed to helping lawyers maintain positive mental health and combat substance abuse. We define well-being as a broad and continuous process in which individuals strive for thriving in each dimension of their lives, including in their workplaces, families and communities, and pertaining to their emotional, physical and financial health. We offer support to anyone in crisis and provide resources to promote the overall well-being of every individual in the WilmerHale community through health, well-being and crisis response policies and programs.