F&P Ranks Nationally in Law360’s 2020 Glass Ceiling Report

F&P has smashed the glass ceiling in 2020, according to Law360’s annual report. The firm ranked 7th for female representation among equity partners (36.4%) at firms with 51-100 attorneys, and 14th when including total female attorney count (46.5% at the time of the survey, currently 49%) at firms with less than 100 attorneys.  Both of these lists are national.

Today women make up about 40% of law school students, but less than a quarter of these attorneys will reach an equity partner status or be on an executive committee according to the survey.  Though improvements have been made, the legal industry still struggles with overall female representation.  F&P prides itself on being a front runner in providing and hiring a diverse workforce and thanks Legal360 for recognizing the firms that are making efforts to close the gender gap.

Links to the complete articles can be found below (Law360 Subscription required).



F&P Spotlight on Principal Bert Randall

What’s your favorite thing about working with your clients?
As corny as it sounds, my clients themselves.  A long time ago I sat through a boring legal consultant speech, and the one salient point he raised was when he asked us to break down our clients into three groups:  1. clients that we love working with; 2. clients that we don’t mind working with; and, 3. clients that we don’t like working with.  He said to stop working with those in the third category and focus on those in the first category, because as he said it “if you don’t like people you’re working for, you’re not giving them proper service.”  He was absolutely right, and ever since, I’ve done my best to work with people that I really enjoy.  It makes every day far more rewarding and fun.  If you can’t laugh a little at work, you should pick another career.  Fortunately, I’m not going anywhere anytime soon!

What’s your proudest accomplishment?
Being awarded Soldier-of-the-Year and NCO-of-the-Year awards in consecutive years.  While serving in the Army Reserves and Army National Guard only taught me enough to appreciate those in the military that have done far more than I did, it taught me a lot about myself and that you really haven’t had a bad day until you go into a tear gas chamber.  It also taught me that wonder bread and sugar packets make a good dessert when you’re starving in basic training and infantry school.

Do you have any bizarre talents?
I’ve chased down and caught two opossums by hand – it’s one of my longest-standing Randall-family records.

Do you have any favorite travel destinations? 
Yes, currently it is a tie between my bedroom and my kitchen.  I might get adventurous this weekend and check out my basement.


Imoh Akpan to Moderate Panel for the National Foundation of Judicial Excellence

F&P principal, Imoh Akpan, will be moderating a panel on October 15 for the National Foundation of Judicial Excellence (NFJE) Virtual Symposium. This year’s theme is “Law in the New Age:  How Automation and Artificial Intelligence Will Change Judging in Substance and Procedure.” Imoh’s session is called “The Nuts and Bolts of Cybersecurity” and will discuss legal issues that arise when a data breach occurs and the kids of litigation that might arise as well as a review of the overall cybersecurity landscape.

The NFJE works with bar associations, law schools, and non-profit organizations to strengthen and preserve the justice system. To learn more about the National Foundation of Judicial Excellence and this year’s virtual symposium, please visit their website at https://nfje.net/nfjeimis/nfje/home/nfje.