By CARL DOUGLAS, The Associated PressLawyers typically spend their days trying to win cases and often end up having to prove their clients wrong.
That is why a law firm is so important to the future of a lawyer, but a new study says that a woman’s presence can help her win cases, too.
The study, which examined more than 200 of the nation’s most prominent and prestigious law firms, found that women’s legal representation was valued by lawyers at higher rates than their male counterparts, who typically receive higher paychecks.
That may come as a surprise to some, given that the law firm has historically been dominated by white men and has often faced criticism for having white male lawyers on its boards.
But the new study, by the law school at Tulane University, found female attorneys were seen as more credible, experienced, loyal and experienced lawyers who understood their clients’ needs and were more likely to have their clients win.
The research also found that female attorneys often took on more high-profile cases, such as wrongful-death lawsuits.
Women lawyers also received lower rates of financial settlements and did not have a tendency to settle less, the study found.
The report also found women lawyers were more frequently the subject of sexual harassment complaints, which could have implications for how they are treated in legal settings.
The findings are based on interviews with attorneys, legal scholars and other professionals who reviewed nearly 1,200 lawsuits and judgments filed by law firms in the last five years, including class actions and class-action suits.
The law firm-based study was conducted with a large database of data from all the firms reviewed, including more than 7,000 lawsuits, 1,500 class-actions and 2,200 class-law suits.
Lawyers who did not respond to an interview request for this article could not be reached for comment.
The study, based on data from more than 1,800 of the country’s largest law firms since 2007, was not limited to the same firms over time.
The paper also found female lawyers have a reputation as more assertive, competent and knowledgeable.
But they are not necessarily more aggressive in defending clients.
The analysis also found a significant gender gap in the number of wrongful-conviction lawsuits, which are filed by women.
More than 30 percent of all wrongful-criminal lawsuits in the past five years were filed by a woman, compared with 14 percent by a man, according to the analysis.
More than two-thirds of class-related wrongful-victim lawsuits in past five months were filed against a woman.
And women lawyers filed a lower percentage of class actions, with less than half the number in men, the analysis found.
Law firm managers said they believe the report proves the importance of women in the firm, as well as the need for women to be heard.
The results of the research also indicate that the perception of female lawyers is not a reflection of their effectiveness, but rather of the women’s personalities, experience and competence, said Jessica Buesseler, an associate professor at Tulare State University and the study’s lead author.
Women have been disproportionately represented in the legal profession, particularly in the public sector.
In 2015, women made up just 9.6 percent of the U.S. population.
Women are less likely to hold the same types of positions as men, and are less educated and less likely than men to have children, Buesseller said.
Women also have fewer high-paying jobs and higher rates of unemployment.
They are also more likely than their men counterparts to be poor and have fewer benefits and financial security, according the study.
The trend in recent years has been to give more power to women in legal matters, and in recent decades, women have also become less likely and less represented in law firms.
The percentage of women representing themselves in court increased from 20.7 percent in the 1990s to 25.5 percent in 2014, according data compiled by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Women represented themselves in just 4.3 percent of federal cases in the same time period.
But there is still much work to be done in addressing legal discrimination and increasing the number and diversity of women and minorities in law, said Nancy W. Lipschutz, a partner in the law practice at Belsky & Geller who was not involved in the study but has written extensively about the need to diversify law firms and practices.
The current rate of representation for women is more than three times that for men, she said.
“Women still have a long way to go to equal representation, and women still have an important role in the system.”
The study also found the number one reason why women are less represented is due to the number-one reason why they are more likely: they are less experienced.
The number one issue facing women attorneys, according a survey by the nonprofit Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is lack of experience.