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Perkins Coie Only Law Firm Named to AARP’s “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” List


2013 Marks Firm’s First Appearance on Prestigious List

SEATTLE — Perkins Coie is proud to announce that it has been named to AARP’s Best Employers for Workers Over 50 list. The list, cosponsored by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), recognizes 50 employers with exemplary practices for recruiting, retaining and promoting mature workers. This year, Perkins Coie was the only law firm to make the biennial list.

“We’re extremely proud to be recognized on this important list,” said Darrin Emerick, Perkins Coie’s Chief Personnel Officer. “We work very hard to create a workplace environment where people from every walk of life can succeed. We’re honored to join the ranks of so many forward-thinking organizations that value the contributions of experienced workers. As the workforce matures, it will be ever more important that companies, including law firms, ensure that the needs of older workers are considered.”

To identify the “Best Employers for Workers Over 50,” applications are evaluated by an independent survey firm based on guidelines developed by AARP’s workforce experts and research staff in consultation with external experts. Some of the areas of consideration for “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” include recruiting practices; opportunities for training; education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options such as flexible scheduling, job-sharing and phased retirement; employee health and pension benefits; and benefits for retirees. The full list of “Best Employers for Workers Over 50” and brief summaries of employers’ winning strategies are available at

Perkins Coie has been recognized for excellence and innovation in the legal industry and is frequently honored for its commitment to providing a workplace where all employees have the opportunity to grow and thrive. For the last 11 years, the firm has been named to FORTUNE Magazine’s list of “The 100 Best Companies to Work For” and for the last five years has been named to the Yale Law Women’s “Top Ten Family Friendly Firms.” The firm has received a Gold Standard Certification from The Women in Law Empowerment Forum for the past three years and has also been listed on Working Mother Media/Flex-Time Lawyers LLC’s “Best Law Firms for Women” four times in the last five years. The firm has also earned the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top rating of 100 percent in the Corporate Equality Index for five years in a row.

About Perkins Coie: Founded in 1912, Perkins Coie has more than 900 lawyers in 19 offices across the United States and Asia. We provide a full array of corporate, commercial litigation and intellectual property legal services to a broad range of clients, from FORTUNE 50 corporations to small, independent start-ups, as well as public and not-for-profit organizations.


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