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Women in Law Awards: USA 2018

 

We are pleased to announce the shortlists for the Chambers Women in Law Awards: USA 2018 in association with Sidley Austin LLP. The ceremony will be held at The Yale Club of New York City on Thursday, June 21st 2018.

This year will be the seventh iteration of our Women in Law Awards, a unique opportunity to champion the achievements of legal practitioners from both in-house and private practice. We will highlight firms and companies who are bringing about dramatic improvements in gender equality as well as women's advancement and inclusion in the legal profession. With over six years of extensive research into diversity in the USA, these awards represent both the culmination of our research and an opportunity to promote the importance of gender diversity and equal opportunities for women across the legal spectrum.

The Chambers Women in Law Awards recognise those pioneers who have furthered the advancement of women within the legal sphere. They seek to recognise these achievements, empower the people behind innovative women’s initiatives, and give greater visibility to gender diversity.

Click here to view the photo gallery from last year.

 

Keynote speaker

 

Mary Jo White

Mary Jo White, who has previously served as the Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is Senior Chair of Debevoise, a litigation partner in the New York Office, and leader of the firm’s Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Group


Shortlists

PRIVATE PRACTICE

Future Leader – Gender Diversity

Alicia Lewis – Associate, Greenspoon Marder LLP (Florida)
Carla A. Reeves – Associate, Goulston & Storrs PC (Massachusetts)
Carolyn Z. Rualo – Associate, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. (New York)
Eva M. Spahn – Associate, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.(Florida)
Raychelle A. Tasher – Associate, Kirkland & Ellis LLP (New York)

Minority Female Lawyer of the Year

Miko A. Brown – Partner, Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP (Colorado)
Kelly Y. Hwang – Partner, Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik, LLP (New Jersey)
Maria D. Melendez – Partner, Sidley Austin LLP (New York)
Charan Sandhu – Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (New York)

Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Margaret F. Catalano – Partner, Kennedys CMK (New Jersey)
Chilton Davis Varner – Senior Counsel, King & Spalding (Georgia)
Shelly A. DeRousse – Partner, Freeborn & Peters (Illinois)
Traci Martinez – Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP (Ohio)
Donna Parisi – Partner, Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York)
Evett L. Simmons – Partner, Greenspoon Marder LLP (Florida)

Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
Goulston & Storrs PC
Greenberg Traurig, PA
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP

Pioneering Pro Bono Program of the Year

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Law Firm of the Year in Furthering Women’s Career Progression, Talent Management and Mentoring

Morrison & Foerster LLP
Proskauer Rose LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP

Law Firm of the Year in Promoting Flexible Working Environments and Innovative Programs for Mothers

Barran Liebman LLP
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Goodwin LLP
Paul Hastings LLP
Ropes & Gray LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

Most Innovative Women’s Networking Group

McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
Wiley Rein LLP

Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC
Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Sidley Austin LLP
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
Wiley Rein LLP

IN-HOUSE

Minority Female Lawyer of the Year

Michelle C. Ifill – Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Verizon Corporate Services (New York)
Wanji Walcott – Senior Vice President and General Counsel, PayPal (California)

Inspiring Role Model in Promoting Gender Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

Marlene Gordon – General Counsel, Bacardi North America Corporation (Florida)
Michelle D. Hertz – Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, CGI Federal Inc (District of Columbia)
Linda Kelly – Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, National Association of Manufacturers (District of Columbia)
Kelly Mahon Tullier – Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Visa Inc. (New York)
Rhanda Moussa – Lead Public Finance Attorney and In-House Counsel, Barclays (New York)
Barbara Stevens – Vice President and Corporate Counsel, Prudential Financial (New York)
Hilary Ware – Vice President and Associate General, Netflix (California)

Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative

Bacardi North America Corporation
JPMorgan Chase
Samuels & Associates

Pioneering Company in Promoting Flexible Working Environments and Innovative Programs for Mothers

Diageo PLC
First American Financial Corporation

Outstanding Company in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Barclays
Citibank
First Horizon National Corporation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Legacy Health
VMware, Inc
Zurich American Insurance Company