2022 Notable Women in Law – Crain's New York Business

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Despite the gains for women in the legal field in both representation and pay, they still lag their male counterparts by a wide margin. The pandemic has made the situation worse.
The effects on women lawyers, especially those with children, during the pandemic were documented in a number of surveys in the past couple of years. Although all lawyers worked from home, women reported taking on a much larger share of child care and housework during that time, making it even harder than usual to rack up billable hours and shine in the boardroom.
It is against this challenging backdrop that the women chosen for Crain’s 2022 Notable Women in Law list are even more remarkable.
This group of 119 women are exemplary in every way. These impressive attorneys were chosen not only for their skills and accomplishments in the courtroom, but for their leadership outside of it. In addition to their long hours representing everyone from executives at Fortune 500 companies to immigrants seeking asylum, our honorees this year shored up morale among their colleagues during the pandemic and found ways to keep business going in the face of turmoil.
To find these honorees, Crain’s consulted with trusted sources in the legal industry and in the general New York business world. The many nominations submitted by organizations and individuals in the metropolitan area were carefully vetted. Each notable lawyer was selected for her outstanding professional achievements and her pro bono work or involvement with industry and community organizations.
Read on to learn about their amazing accomplishments.
METHODOLOGY: The honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from submitted nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only executives for whom nominations were submitted and accepted after an editorial review. To qualify for this list, female honorees had to be employed within New York City or the surrounding counties, serving in a senior-level role at a law firm with a staff size of at least 10 (partner, shareholder, practice group chair). Honorees must have been practicing law for a minimum of 10 years and served as a role model or mentor to other women attorneys and/or promoted inclusive practices in the workplace.
Global Head of Antitrust and Competition
Norton Rose Fulbright
Chair, Guardianship Practice
Phillips Nizer LLP
Managing Partner
Duval & Stachenfeld, LLP
Partner, New York and Vice Chair, US Restructuring
DLA Piper
Partner
Sidley Austin
Partner, Real Estate
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Partner and Head of the Intellectual Property Practice
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Partner, Litigation & Enforcement Practice Group
Ropes & Gray LLP
Co-founder and partner
Fullerton Beck LLP
Chair & Managing Partner
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Partner, Restructuring Department
Weil, Gotshal & Manges
Executive Partner
Aidala, Bertuna & Kamins, PC.
Partner
Proskauer Rose LLP
Partner and Co-Head, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity Group
Proskauer Rose LLP
Partner/Chair
Helbraun & Levey
Partner
Hecht Partners LLP
Partner
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Partner and Chair of the Firm’s Tax-Exempt Organizations Department
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler
Partner
Kramer Levin
Partner, Litigation Department Co-Chair
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Partner
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Partner
Phillips Lytle LLP
Partner, Investigations and White Collar Defense
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Chair
Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna
Partner, Entertainment Group
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Real Estate Litigation Partner
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Partner
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Partner, Director of Pro Bono Initiatives
Akerman
Shareholder
Greenberg Traurig
Partner, Manatt Health
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Partner
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Co-head, Securities and Shareholder Litigation Practice
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Partner & Co-Deputy New York Office Managing Partner
Latham & Watkins
Partner, Executive Committee Member and Music Litigation Practice Co-Chair
Pryor Cashman LLP
Chair, Labor & Employment
Phillips Nizer LLP
Managing Partner
Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP
Partner, Complex Litigation and Trials
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Partner
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Partner
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
Partner
Glenn Agre Bergman & Fuentes
Partner
Crowell & Moring LLP
Partner; Co-Chair of Litigation Department; Chair of Employment Practice
Herrick, Feinstein LLP
Partner, Corporate Group Co-Chair
Crowell & Moring LLP
Partner
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
Partner/Co-Chair Private Investment Funds Practice
Goodwin
Partner
Squire Patton Boggs
Partner
King & Spalding
Partner
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Partner
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Partner
Robins Kaplan LLP
Partner
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Partner
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Chair, White Collar Criminal Defense
Phillips Nizer LLP
Partner
Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP
Chair
Ropes & Gray LLP
Partner
Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC
Partner
Clayman Rosenberg Kirshner & Linder LLP
Partner
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Partner
Covington & Burling
Partner
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Partner and Co-Chair of the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Group
Robins Kaplan LLP
Co-Chair, Trial Practice; Partner
WilmerHale
Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Partner
Fragomen
Partner
McDermott Will & Emery
Member – Banking and Finance Department, Co-Chair of the Lender Finance Practice Group
Otterbourg P.C.
Partner; Chair, Mergers & Acquisitions; Co-chair, Transactions & Advisory Group
Lowenstein Sandler
Partner
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP
Partner
Freshfields
Partner & Co-Chair of the Corporate Department
Morrison Cohen LLP
Partner
Sidley Austin LLP
Partner, Co-Leader of U.S. Mergers-and-Acquisitions Practice
Mayer Brown LLP
Partner
Lowenstein Sandler
Partner and Executive Committee Member; Real Estate Practice Group
Schiff Hardin LLP
Partner
Ballard Spahr LLP
Partner
Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP
Founding Partner
Chemtob, Moss, Forman & Beyda, LLP
Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Partner
Greenspoon Marder LLP
Head of Real Estate Finance Practice
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP
Partner, US Head of Corporate Crime and Investigations
Eversheds Sutherland
Partner
Wilkinson Stekloff
Partner; Co-chair of Culture Risk and Sensitive Investigations Practice
Jenner & Block
Founding Partner
Perry Guha LLP
Partner, Asset Management
Ropes & Gray LLP
Co-chair of M&A and Corporate Advisory practice groups
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP
Partner
Wilkinson Stekloff
Partner
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Co-Head, Global Capital Markets Practice
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Founding Partner and Co-Managing Partner
Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney, LLP
Co-Administrative Partner and Leader of the Commercial Leasing Practice
Olshan Frome Wolosky LLP
Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Partner and Chair, Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Partner
Goodwin
Founder and Co-Managing Partner
Selendy & Gay
Partner and Chair of the Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations Group
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
Co-Founding Partner
Krauss Shaknes Tallentire & Messeri LLP
Partner
Eversheds Sutherland
Partner
Greenspoon Marder LLP
Partner/Director, the Chair of Health Care Practice Group
Garfunkel Wild
Real Estate/Construction Partner
Fox Rothschild LLP
Partner; Co-chair of Content, Media, and Entertainment Practice
Jenner & Block
Partner
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Partner
Latham & Watkins
Partner, Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates
Partner
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP
Esquire
Thomas Counselor At Law, LLC
Partner and New York Office Partner
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Partner and Head of the Firm’s Fund Finance Practice
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Partner
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Partner
Goldstein Hall PLLC
Partner/Chairperson of the Matrimonial and Family Law Department
Katsky Korins LLP
Partner
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Vice Chair
Latham & Watkins
Partner and Co-Leader of the Cooperative and Condominium Law practice area
Armstrong Teasdale LLP
Partner and Global Head of Art Law
Withersworldwide
Partner & Co-Chair of Litigation Group
Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP
Managing Partner
Miller Zeiderman, LLP
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