Colorado's Best Companies 2006: 2nd Place, Small Business Category (1-99 employees)






• Generous programs for adoption, maternity and paternity leave.

• Health insurance given to  part-time workers.

• Domestic partners recognized as being eligible for benefits.

• Extensive pro bono program.

• Strong emphasis on flexibility including flex-time, part-time and telecommuting.

Arnold & Porter, LLP, has its priorities in order when it comes to supporting a balance between work and family responsibilities.


“The firm as a whole is always looking for ways to improve benefits,” says Scott McCombs, office manager of Arnold & Porter, a law firm employing 50 people in its Denver office. “The company is very supportive of the fact that we have a life and kids,” he explains.


For adoptions, the primary caregiver for the child receives 12 weeks of paid leave while the secondary caregiver is eligible for six weeks. The firm pays up to $5,000 toward the cost of adopting a child. This enabled attorney Maureen Eldredge to adopt her son Mateo, who was born in Guatemala. Likewise, all women who give birth are entitled to 12 weeks of paid leave, and fathers are given six weeks of paternity leave.


The company offers several health, dental, supplemental and life insurance options. “The health care coverage is very thorough,” says McCombs. Domestic partners are eligible for health and dental coverage. Part-time employees working 25 hours receive benefits as well.


In addition to providing generosity through flextime, part-time and telecommuting, Arnold and Porter provides extensive pro bono work for some clients.


Longevity within the company is commonplace. The longest-tenured employee with the company, Geraldine (Gerry) Warfield, has worked there 50 years. Other long-standing employees are regularly awarded in her honor. “We recognize people who share Gerry’s spirit and work ethic,” says McCombs.


That spirit appears to be contagious. “Some people are always looking for a better place to work. I don’t,” McCombs says. “It is a great place to work, and it is a tremendous honor to have received this award as one of Colorado’s Best Companies for Working Families.”