The success gap between women and men in reaching the highest levels of the legal profession is no secret: According to a 2017 report from the American Bar Association, women make up 18 percent of equity partners in private law firms and 18 percent of managing partners at the largest 200 law firms. They populate the associate ranks at 45 percent and make up a majority of law students — Ballard Spahr’s public finance group in Denver is bucking those statistics at 100 percent female.
The group’s partners say it might be unique to their practice area, but they’ve always felt they can focus on being strong lawyers and let their work speak for itself.
“The key, to me, is to just be a good lawyer,” said partner Anastasia Khokhryakova. “It doesn’t matter what your gender is. If you’re a good lawyer, people will continue to use you and refer work to you.”
The firm re-established its public finance presence in Denver when Khokhryakova joined in 2013 with the goal of creating the group.