One N.J. firm honored as 'gold standard' by Women in Law Empowerment Forum

By Meg Fry,

Men and women should be paid the same for the same amount of work.

Pretty straightforward.

But Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno spoke just last Wednesday at the third annual Women Entrepreneurship Week conference at Montclair State University about how often such major disparities can be overlooked.

I'm a lawyer. And I just read the New Jersey Law Journal this week. Inside — because they wouldn’t dare put this on the front page — it said ‘Male Partners at New Jersey Law Firms Make 44 percent More Than Women Partners,’” Guadagno said. “This frightens me in the 21st century that this could be happening right under my nose, as an attorney for 30 years admitted to the practice of law in New Jersey, knowing all the women that I know in New Jersey who practice law.

“It is offensive to me that we have so much further to go.”

The study the lieutenant governor was referring to, released Oct. 12 by the legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa, found that male partners at large, national law firms earn, on average, $949,000, while female partners earn $659,000.

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