Women We Admire is pleased to announce The Top 100 Women Leaders in Law of 2021. This year’s awardees were nominated and selected for their dedication and commitment to the field of law. Their client bases stretch across the world in areas like technology, commercial real estate, life sciences, regulatory matters, nonprofits, among other areas. Dedication to their clients is exemplified by awardees like Adekunbi Adejumo who has spent her entire career focused on immigration law and devoted time undertaking pro-bono work at the National Immigration Justice Center. Others like Jennifer Deal, the CFO of Densmore & Shohl, are advising a portfolio of Fortune 500 companies, government entities and other large organizations.

Today’s awardees hold senior positions at their firms as CEOs, CFOs, Partners, Directors, and lawyers. In a field that is historically male dominated, the legal profession has made strides in creating a genuinely diverse playing field. The Women We Admire award for law is an opportunity to showcase the accomplishments of the many talented women who represent the profession and to inspire other young women to follow in their footsteps. These women have set a benchmark for excellence and are paving the way for other future leaders. Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of The Top 100 Women Leaders in Law of 2021.

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1. Kate Stonestreet
Baker McKenzie

Kate Stonestreet is the Global Chief Operating Officer of Baker McKenzie. She first joined the firm in 1995 as Director of Business Development for Asia Pacific. Baker McKenzie helps clients overcome the challenges of competing in the global economy through a new type of thinking and a different mindset. Their strength is their ability to solve complex legal problems by collaborating across borders and practice areas, using transformative technology and dealing with people with empathy.

Prior to her role as COO, Stonestreet held several other positions over the years including Regional Operating Officer of EMEA and Director of Global Operations. Stonestreet earned an MBA in Business Administration and Management from Western University and an undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northumbria University.

 

2. Lucía Lorente
Hogan Lovells

Lucía Lorente is the Chief Operating Officer of Continental Europe of Hogan Lovells. She first joined the firm in 2004 as Practice Director. Hogan Lovells delivers clear and practical advice that gets the job done. Their 2,600+ lawyers work together with their clients to solve the toughest legal issues in major industries and commercial centers around the world.

Previously, Lorente was a Partner at Cuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira. Lorente earned a PhD in Law from Universidad Pontificia Comillas and an undergraduate degree from Universidad Pontificia Comillas.

 

3. LeeAnn Black
Latham & Watkins

LeeAnn Black is the COO of Latham & Watkins. Latham & Watkins is a global law firm with more than 3,000 lawyers in its offices located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The firm has internationally recognized practices in a wide spectrum of transactional, litigation, corporate and regulatory areas. Black has 34 years in the Law Practice industry. She began her career in 1987.

 

4. Becky Byers Kcehowski
Jones Day

Becky Byers Kcehowski is a Partner-in-Charge for Pittsburgh of Jones Day. Jones Day provides formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions through the seamless collaboration of a true partnership that shares fundamental professional values. Kcehowski has 19 years of experience in law practice. She began her career in 2002.

Before joining Jones Day, Kcehowski was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Beverly B. Martin at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Kcehowski graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD, from Emory University with an MA and bachelors degree in Political Science and Government.

 

5. Adele P. Maloney Thomas
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Adele P. Maloney Thomas began her professional career 21 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Kirkland & Ellis is a law firm with approximately 2,900 attorneys representing global clients in private equity, M&A, and other complex corporate transactions, litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, restructuring, and intellectual property matters.

Thomas first got her start in 2010 as an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.
Thomas graduated from The George Washington University Law School with a JD and from Tufts University with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish.

 

6. Arlene Arin Hahn
White & Case LLP

Arlene Arin Hahn is a Partner of White & Case LLP. She first joined the firm in 2015. White & Case is a global law firm with longstanding offices in the markets that matter today. Their on-the-ground experience, cross-border integration and depth of local, US and English-qualified lawyers help their clients work with confidence in any one market or across many.

Hahn earned a JD from the New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 

7. Jami Wintz McKeon
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Jami Wintz McKeon is a Partner and Chairwoman of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. Morgan Lewis is recognized for exceptional client service, legal innovation, and commitment to its communities. Their global depth reaches across North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East with the collaboration of more than 2,200 lawyers and specialists who provide elite legal services across industry sectors for multinational corporations to startups around the world. McKeon has 40 years of experience in law practice. She began her career in 1981.

McKeon graduated from Villanova University with a JD and from Penn State University with an undergraduate degree.

 

8. Diane J. Blagman
Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Diane J. Blagman began her professional career 38 years ago. Today, she is the Senior Director Government Affairs of Greenberg Traurig. Greenberg Traurig has approximately 2300 attorneys in 40 locations in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Blagman first got her start in 1983 as a Chief of Staff at U.S House of Representatives, before eventually moving on to Associate Staff for the House Appropriations Committee, her most recent position prior to joining Greenberg Traurig. Blagman graduated from George Washington University with a MA.

 

9. Maria Melendez
Sidley Austin LLP

Maria Melendez is the Chief Diversity Officer of Sidley Austin LLP. She first joined the firm in 1993 as an Associate. Sidley has built a reputation for being a powerful legal adviser for global businesses with more than 2,000 lawyers across 20 offices worldwide.

Previously, Melendez was an Associate at Brown & Wood LLP and before that an Associate at Breed, Abbott & Morgan. Melendez earned a JD from Albany Law School of Union University and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Syracuse University.

 

10. Amy Horn
K&L Gates LLP

Amy Horn began her professional career 26 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Officer of People and Projects of K&L Gates. K&L Gates fosters an inclusive and collaborative environment across their fully integrated global platform that enables them to diligently combine the knowledge and expertise of their lawyers and policy professionals to create teams that provide exceptional client solutions.

Horn first got her start in 1995 as a Project Supervisor at Aspen Systems Corporation, before eventually rising to Regional Operations Manager at Uniscribe Professional Services, her most recent position prior to joining K&L Gates. Horn graduated from Duquesne University School of Law with a JD and from Hiram College with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy.

 

11. Michelle Adams
Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Michelle Adams began her professional career 11 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Squire Patton Boggs. Squire Patton Boggs is a full service global law firm providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet, giving their clients a voice, supporting their ambitions and achieving successful outcomes.

Adams first got her start in 2010 as a Solicitor at Hammonds Hausmann. From there, she went on to Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (UK) LLP, before eventually rising to an Associate at Eversheds, her most recent position prior to joining Squire Patton Boggs. Adams graduated from Nottingham Law School with an LLB in Law and from the University of Manchester with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science.

 

12. Zascha Blanco Abbott
Lewis Brisbois

Zascha Blanco Abbott is a Partner of Lewis Brisbois. Lewis Brisbois is a national, full-service law firm with more than 1,500 attorneys and 53 offices in 30 states and the District of Columbia. Abbott has 19 years of experience in law practice. She began her career in 2002.

Before joining Lewis Brisbois, Abbott was a Counsel at Liebler Gonzalez & Portuondo and before that an Attorney at Sioli Alexander Pino. Earlier in her career she worked with Allen Norton & Blue, P.A. as an Attorney. Abbott graduated from Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center with a JD and from Florida International University with an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Management and Operations.

 

13. Barbara L. Becker
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Barbara L. Becker began her professional career 21 years ago. Today, she is a Chairwoman and Managing Partner of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP is a leading international law firm that advises clients on significant transactions and disputes around the world.

Becker graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Wesleyan University with an undergraduate degree.

 

14. Lisa Bebchick
Ropes & Gray LLP

Lisa Bebchick is a Partner of Ropes & Gray LLP. Ropes & Gray is a leading global law firm with offices in Boston, Chicago, Hong Kong, London, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, and Washington, DC. Bebchick has 20 years in law practice. She began her career in 2001.

Before joining Ropes & Gray LLP, Bebchick was a Partner at Fried Frank and before that a Litigation Associate at Fried Frank. Bebchick graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish.

 

15. Candace Arthur
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Candace Arthur is a Partner of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. She first joined the firm in 2010. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP has been a preeminent provider of legal services for the past 90 years. The firm’s four departments, corporate, litigation, restructuring, and tax, executive compensation and benefits, and more than two dozen practice groups are consistently recognized as leaders in their respective fields.

Arthur earned a JD in Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Government from Yale University.

 

16. Lynn B. Bayard
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Lynn B. Bayard began her professional career 26 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP. The firm has over 1,000 lawyers with diverse backgrounds, personalities, ideas and interests who provide innovative and effective solutions to their clients’ most complex legal and business challenges

Bayard graduated from Boston University School of Law with a JD and from the University of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree in Political Science.

 

17. Erica Andersen
Covington & Burling LLP

Erica Andersen is a Partner of Covington & Burling LLP. She first joined the firm in 2009 as an Associate. Covington & Burling is an international law firm. Their lawyers are recognized nationally and internationally for their legal skills and the depth of their expertise. Many have served in senior government positions. Virtually all of them provide public service through pro bono representation.

Previously, Andersen was a Term Law Clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Andersen earned a JD from the University of Iowa College of Law and an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Princeton University.

 

18. Patricia Hosmer
McGuireWoods

Patricia Hosmer is a Partner of McGuireWoods. McGuireWoods is one of the world’s leading law firms and has earned the loyalty of its many long standing clients. With their deep and broad legal experience, passion for understanding businesses and markets, innovative delivery of practical and business-minded solutions, and unmatched service, McGuireWoods has been delivering top quality legal services for over 180 years.

Hosmer graduated from The University of North Carolina School of Law with a JD and from Yale University with an undergraduate degree in Economics.

 

19. Bronwyn D. Andreas
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Bronwyn D. Andreas is a Partner in New York of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. McDermott Will & Emery partners with leaders around the world to fuel missions, knock down barriers and shape markets.

Andreas earned a JD from University of Chicago Law School and an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.

 

20. Sheila R. Adams
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Sheila R. Adams is a Partner of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP. Davis Polk & Wardwell is an elite global law firm with world-class practices across the board. Adams has 15 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2006.

Before joining Davis Polk & Wardwell, Adams was a Law Clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals and before that a Law Clerk in the U.S. District Court. Earlier in her career she worked with the New York County District Attorney's Office as a Paralegal. Adams graduated from Columbia University School of Law with a Juris doctor and from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in Sociology.

 

21. Sumedha Ahuja
Perkins Coie LLP

Sumedha Ahuja is a Partner of Perkins Coie LLP. She first joined the firm in 2016 as an Associate. Perkins Coie is a leading international law firm that is known for providing high value, strategic solutions and extraordinary client service on matters vital to their clients' success.

Previously, Ahuja was an Attorney at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and before that an Attorney at Goodwin Procter LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with Kramer & Amado, P.C. as a Law Clerk. Ahuja earned a JD from The George Washington University, an MS in Computer Science from McGill University, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.

 

22. Adrienne Boan
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Adrienne Boan is the Chief Financial Officer of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is one of the world’s leading international law firms and provides coordinated legal advice and transactional capability to clients around the globe. Boan has 31 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 1990.

Before joining Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Boan was a Director of Finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and before that a Tax Manager at Ernst & Young. Boan graduated from Fordham University School of Law with a JD and from the University of New Orleans with an undergraduate degree in Accounting.

 

23. Sue Abbott
Goodwin Procter LLP

Sue Abbott began her professional career 26 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Goodwin Procter. Goodwin Procter partners with their clients to practice law with integrity, ingenuity, agility and ambition. Their 1,400 lawyers across 13 locations in the United States, Europe and Asia excel at complex transactions, high-stakes litigation and world-class advisory services in the technology, life sciences, real estate, private equity, and financial industries.

Abbott first got her start in 1995 as an Associate at Williams & Connolly LLP, before eventually rising to a Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers, her most recent position prior to joining Goodwin Procter. Abbott graduated from Duke University School of Law with a JD and from Williams College with an undergraduate degree in History and Economics.

 

24. Wendy Butler Curtis
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Wendy Butler Curtis is the Chief Innovation Officer of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the technology and innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. Leading companies and new entrants call on their teams in 25+ markets worldwide for forward-looking, pragmatic advice on transactions, litigation and compliance matters.

Curtis started her career in 1998 as a Senior Associate at Fulbright & Jaworski before moving on to Orrick in 2008. She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law with a JD and from the University of New Hampshire.

 

25. Leslie L Abbott
Paul Hastings LLP

Leslie L Abbott is a Partner and Attorney of Paul Hastings. Paul Hastings’ purpose is to help their clients and people navigate new paths to growth. With a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the U.S., Paul Hastings is recognized as one of the world’s most innovative global law firms. Abbott has 30 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 1991.

Abbott graduated from Loyola Law School with a JD and from the University of California with an undergraduate degree.

 

26. Lisanne Morales
Cooley LLP

Lisanne Morales began her professional career 32 years ago. Today, she is the Global Chief Operating and Financial Officer of Cooley LLP. Cooley is a legal services firm that solves legal issues for entrepreneurs, investors, and established companies.

Morales first got her start in 1989 as a Chief Financial Officer at Arnold & Porter LLP. Morales graduated from Mary Washington College with an undergraduate degree in Business Accounting and Finance.

 

27. Joyce Ackerbaum Cox
Baker & Hostetler LLP

Joyce Ackerbaum Cox is a Partner and Employment Law Attorney of Baker & Hostetler. She first joined the firm in 2004. Baker & Hostetler is a leading law firm that helps clients around the world address their most complex and critical business and regulatory issues.

Previously, Cox was a Partner at Akerman Senterfitt. Cox earned a JD from the University of Miami School of Law and an undergraduate degree in International Finance and Marketing from the University of Miami.

 

28. Hannah Cane
Womble Bond Dickinson LLP

Hannah Cane is a Partner of Womble Bond Dickinson LLP. Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm, providing high-quality legal experience and outstanding personal service to a wide range of regional, national and international clients from key locations across the United Kingdom and United States. Cane has 20 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2001.

Before joining Womble Bond Dickinson LLP, Cane was a Partner at Bond Dickinson LLP and before that a Partner at Kennedys. Earlier in her career she worked with Barlow Robbins as a Solicitor. Cane graduated from the University of London with an undergraduate degree in law.

 

29. Aimee M. Adler
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Aimee M. Adler is a Partner of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Akin Gump is a global law firm with more than 900 lawyers and advisors who pride themselves on dedication to their clients and their communities. Adler has 21 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2000.

Before joining Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Adler was a Counsel at
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and before that an Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP. Adler graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a JD and from Tufts University with an undergraduate degree.

 

30. Elvira Aliende Rodriguez
Shearman & Sterling LLP

Elvira Aliende Rodriguez began her professional career 16 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Shearman & Sterling LLP. Shearman & Sterling has been advising many of the world's leading corporations and financial institutions, governments and governmental organizations for more than 140 years.

Rodriguez first got her start in 2005 as an Associate of Antitrust at Howrey LLP. Rodriguez graduated from the College of Europe with a master of laws in European Law and Economics and from Universidad de Deusto with an undergraduate degree in Law and Economics.

 

31. Julia Trankiem
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Julia Trankiem is a Partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. She first joined the firm in 2018. Hunton Andrews Kurth serves clients across a broad range of complex transactional, litigation and regulatory matters.

Previously, Trankiem was a Partner at Reed Smith LLP and before that an Associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP. Trankiem earned a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an undergraduate degree in Business Economics and English from the University of California.

 

32. Lia Dorsey
Ogletree Deakins

Lia Dorsey is the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer of Ogletree Deakins. She first joined the firm in 2021. Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. The firm has a reputation for legal excellence and responsive client service. Ogletree Deakins'​ labor and employment practice is complemented and supported by related practice groups in the areas of business immigration, litigation, employee benefits, occupational safety and health, and construction law.

Dorsey first got her start in 1994 as a Senior Business Consultant before moving on to Cvent and DLA Piper where she worked in Marketing and Business Development. Later in her career she moved on to Marketing and Development with Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney before rising to Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Eversheds Sutherland.

 

33. Kate Kohn
Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Kate Kohn is the Chief Financial Officer of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Seyfarth Shaw’s drive for excellence leads them to seek out better ways to work with their clients and each other. Kohn has 36 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 1985.

Before joining Seyfarth Shaw, Kohn was a Chief Financial Officer at Winston & Strawn and before that an Accounting Manager at Baker & McKenzie. Kohn graduated from DePaul University with an undergraduate degree.

 

34. Debbie Mogren
Quinn Emanual

Debbie Mogren is the Chief Financial Officer at Quinn Emanuel. She first joined the firm in 2006 as a Controller. Quinn Emanuel is a 875+ lawyer business litigation firm. They are the largest in the world devoted solely to business litigation and arbitration. Their lawyers have tried over 2,300 cases and won 88% of them. When they represent defendants, their trial experience gets better settlements or defense verdicts. When representing plaintiffs, their lawyers have won over $70 billion in judgments and settlements.

 

35. Gunjan Agarwal
Fox Rothschild LLP

Gunjan Agarwal began her professional career 21 years ago. Today, she is a
Partner of Fox Rothschild LLP. Fox Rothschild is an AmLaw 100 full-service law firm built to serve businesses of all sizes as well as individuals.

Agarwal first got her start in 2010 as a Law Clerk at Gary D. Aronson Attorney at Law. From there, she went on to Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch, before eventually rising to Patent Attorney at Gazdzinski and Associates, her most recent position prior to joining Fox Rothschild LLP. Agarwal graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law with a JD in Intellectual Property Law, from UC San Diego with an MS in Bioengineering and from R.V. College of Engineering, Bangalore with an undergraduate degree in Biotechnology.

 

36. Lisa Handler Ackerman
Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Lisa Handler Ackerman is an Attorney at Law for Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP. She first joined the firm in 2002. Wilson Elser provides clients with full-service, first-class legal services, spanning the spectrum of litigation and related areas.

Ackerman earned a JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

 

37. Ariela Tannenbaum
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Ariela Tannenbaum is the Chief Financial Officer of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. Tannenbaum has 24 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 1997.

Before joining Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Tannenbaum was the Founder and CEO of Advanced Financial Analytics, LLC and before that an Executive Vice President and Global Head of Finance PIMCO at Allianz Group. Earlier in her career she worked with Western Digital as a Controller. Tannenbaum graduated from the University of California with an MBA in Business Administration, Management, and Operations and from California State University-Fullerton with an undergraduate degree in Mathematics.

 

38. Katharine E. Allen
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Katharine Elizabeth Allen began her professional career 15 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Sheppard Mullin is a full service AmLaw 50 firm with over 900 attorneys in 15 offices located throughout California and in Chicago, Dallas, New York, Washington, D.C., Brussels, London, Seoul and Shanghai.

Allen graduated from the University of California, Davis - School of Law with a JD and from the University of California, Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in Economics.

 

39. Catherine Zinn
Baker Botts

Catherine Zinn is the Chief Client Officer at Baker Botts. She first joined the firm in 2020. Baker Botts is an international law firm of approximately 700 lawyers practicing throughout a network of 13 offices around the globe. Based on their experience and knowledge of their clients' industries, they are recognized as a leading firm in the technology, energy, and life sciences sectors.

Previously, Zinn was a Chief Client Officer at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and before that a Senior National Relationships Executive at DLA Piper. Earlier in her career she worked with JAMS as a Director. Zinn earned an undergraduate degree in Economics and Public Policy from Hamilton College.

 

40. Susan Davis
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Susan Davis is a Partner of Commercial Real Estate of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP. She first joined the firm in 2017. Nelson Mullins has more than 800 attorneys and other professionals practicing in 25 offices in 11 states and the District of Columbia. In Florida, the firm operates as Nelson Mullins Broad and Cassel.

Previously, Davis was a Partner at Riemer & Braunstein LLP and before that a Real Estate Attorney at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Davis earned a JD from Boston University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from College of the Holy Cross.

 

41. Tracie Ingrasin
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Tracie Ingrasin is a Partner of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. O’Melveny, a global law firm with 17 offices, is home to a talented team of more than 750 lawyers who help their clients grow, protect their assets, and navigate the challenges of complex law and regulation. Ingrasin has 14 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2007.

Before joining O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Ingrasin was an Associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. Ingrasin graduated from Hofstra University School of Law with a JD and from Towson University with an undergraduate degree.

 

42. Cindy Yang
Duane Morris LLP

Cindy Yang began her professional career 24 years ago. Today, she is a Partner and Team Lead of the FinTech Industry Practice Group of Duane Morris LLP. Duane Morris, a law firm with more than 800 attorneys in offices across the United States and internationally, is asked by a broad array of clients to provide innovative solutions to today's legal and business challenges.

Yang first got her start in 1997 as a Research Associate at U.C. San Francisco Brain Tumor Research Center. From there, she went on to Cooper & Dunham LLP, before eventually rising to Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP, her most recent position prior to joining Duane Morris. Yang graduated from Cardozo School of Law with a JD and from UC San Diego with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, History.

 

43. Stacie Tobin
Venable LLP

Stacie Tobin is a Partner-in-Charge of Venable LLP. She first joined the firm in 2012. Venable is a network of trusted advisors serving businesses, organizations, and individuals in many of the most important aspects of their work.

Previously, Tobin was a Partner at DLA Piper. Tobin earned a JD from University of Maryland School of Law and an undergraduate degree in English and Art History from Mount Holyoke College.

 

44. Julie Riewe
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Julie Riewe is a Partner of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. She first joined the firm in 2016. Debevoise & Plimpton is a premier law firm with market-leading practices, a global perspective and strong New York roots.

Previously, Riewe was an Associate at Wilmer Culter Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP and before that a Law Clerk for The Honorable Diana E. Murphy at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Riewe earned a JD and MPP from Duke University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Comparative Area Studies and Spanish from Duke University.

 

45. Wendy Silliman
Troutman Sanders LLP

Wendy Silliman began her professional career 27 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Troutman Sanders LLP which recently merged with Pepper Hamilton. The combined law firm, Troutman Pepper, offers clients greater resources and bench strength, enhanced practices, and expanded geographical reach.

Silliman graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law with a JD and from the University of Virginia with an undergraduate degree.

 

46. Jennifer Altman
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Jennifer Altman is the Managing Partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman is an international law firm with a particular focus on the technology and media, energy, financial services, and real estate and construction sectors. Altman has 4 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2017.

Altman graduated from the University of Miami with a JD and from Florida State University with an undergraduate degree in Finance.

 

47. Sarah Morgan
Vinson and Elkins

Sarah Morgan is a Partner of Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions for Vinson and Elkins. Vinson & Elkins has provided deep legal experience in handling transactions, investments, projects, and disputes worldwide. Morgan has 8 years experience in law. She began her career in 2013.

Morgan graduated from University of Virginia School of Law with a JD and from Rice University with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science.

 

48. Meghan Altidor
Nixon Peabody LLP

Meghan Altidor began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Nixon Peabody LLP. Nixon Peabody delivers exceptional service, building and preserving trust while fostering a culture of collaboration, respect, and diversity.

Altidor first got her start in 1999 as a Legislative Analyst in the U.S. Department of Justice, before eventually rising to Law Clerk at Public Advocates, her most recent position prior to joining Nixon Peabody. Altidor graduated from Georgetown University Law Center with a JD, from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master’s in City Planning, Urban Studies and Planning, and from Georgetown University with an undergraduate degree in Government and French.

 

49. Jennifer Deal
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Jennifer Deal began her professional career 13 years ago. Today, she is the Chief Financial Officer of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. Dinsmore & Shohl has a nationwide team of over 725 attorneys who are trusted advisers to some of the world's leading businesses, including many in the Fortune 500. Clients count on Dinsmore to provide high-quality, commercial advice that makes the best business sense for them.

Prior to her role as CFO, Deal was the Controller, Tax Manager and Senior Tax Accountant for Dinsmore & Shohl. Deal graduated from the University of Cincinnati Carl H. Lindner College of Business with an undergraduate degree in Accounting.

 

50. Jessica Abrahams
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Jessica Abrahams began her professional career 17 years ago. Today, she is the Chair for Government Contracts Practice of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Drinker Biddle & Reath provides clients with unparalleled service in matters ranging from billion-dollar deals to complex class actions, across a broad spectrum of industries.

Abrahams first got her start in 2004 as an Attorney and Partner for Government Contracts at McKenna Long & Aldridge. From there, she went on to Dentons, her most recent position prior to joining Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Abrahams graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law with a JD and from Wellesley College with an undergraduate degree.

 

51. Joanna Plichta Boisen
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Joanna Plichta Boisen is the Chief Pro Bono and Social Impact Officer of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. She first joined the firm in 2019. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is a highly valued partner with all who work with them in defining success together. Their dedication to custom-tailored services and great client experiences distinguishes them from the market.

Previously, Boisen was a Partner, Pro-Bono Counsel, and Chair of the Nonprofit and Tax-Exempt Organizations Group at Foster Pepper. Boisen earned a JD from Seattle University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in International Political Economy from the University of Washington.

 

52. Colleen Bannon
Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin PC

Colleen Bannon is the Chief Operating Officer of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, PC. Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is a leading civil defense litigation law firm that represents and advises insurers, self-insured businesses, and professionals in a wide range of professional liability, casualty, health law, employment, and workers'​ compensation matters. Bannon has 40 years in law practice. She began her career in 1980.

Bannon graduated from Temple University with a JD and from Holy Family University with an undergraduate degree in Humanities.

 

53. Amy Blackman
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Amy Blackman began her professional career 18 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson advises the world's leading corporations, investment funds, and financial institutions on their most critical legal needs and business opportunities.

Blackman graduated from Brooklyn Law School with a JD, from New York University with a MA in Performing Arts Management, and from Butler University with an undergraduate degree in Arts Administration.

 

54. Ashley Hudson
Kutak Rock LLP

Ashley Hudson is a Partner of Kutak Rock. She first joined the firm in 2017. Kutak Rock is a U.S. law firm with 500+ attorneys, locations coast-to-coast, and a fundamental commitment to delivering high-quality legal work at a fair price.

Previously, Hudson was an Attorney at Welch, Brewer and Hudson, LLC. Hudson earned a JD from the University of Arkansas School of Law, an MA in Comparative Politics from the University of Arkansas, and an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from Vanderbilt University.

 

55. Anne Knox Averitt
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Anne Knox Averitt is a Partner of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP. Bradley is a national law firm with a reputation for skilled legal work, exceptional client service, and impeccable integrity. Averitt has 10 years in the legal services industry. She began her career in 2011.

Averitt graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in English and French.

 

56. Carol J. Rubin
Jenner & Block

Carol J. Rubin is the Chief Operating Officer of Jenner & Block. She first joined the firm in 2020. Jenner & Block LLP is a law firm with global reach, with offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice, global investigations, and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions.

Previously, Rubin was an Associate Director at The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and before that a Chief Administrative Officer at Chicago Transit Authority. Rubin earned a graduate degree from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Colgate University.

 

57. Hunter Ahern
Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Hunter Ahern is a Partner of Product Liability Litigation of Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP. Shook, Hardy & Bacon has long been recognized as one of the premier litigation firms in the country. For more than a century, the firm has defended companies in their most substantial national and international products liability, mass tort and complex litigation matters. Ahern has 16 years experience in law practice. She began her career in 2005.

Ahern graduated from University of Houston Law Center with a JD and from Boston University with an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

 

58. Monique Almy
Crowell & Moring LLP

Monique Almy began her professional career 14 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Crowell & Moring LLP. Crowell & Moring is an international law firm with offices in the United States, Europe, MENA, and Asia that represents clients in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and policy, and transactional and corporate matters.

Almy graduated from University of Baltimore with a JD and from University of Delaware with an undergraduate degree in Economics.

 

59. Nancy C. Aiken
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Nancy C. Aiken began her professional career 32 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. Taft works as one team, driven and committed to helping their clients succeed. Founded in 1885 with an unwavering commitment to client service, their focus remains firm: to deliver innovative and results-oriented legal solutions.

Aiken first got her start in 1989 as an Associate at Briggs and Morgan. From there, she went on to Koch Industries, before eventually rising to Partner at Briggs and Morgan, her most recent venture prior to joining Taft Stettinius & Hollister. Aiken graduated from University of Iowa with a JD.

 

60. Zea McDonnough
Cole, Scott & Kissane

Zea McDonnough is a Partner of Cole, Scott & Kissane. Cole, Scott & Kissane is able to provide their clients with experienced counsel and services in numerous areas of the law. In order to better serve their clients, they have made a major commitment to utilize the best available technology in the practice of law. McDonnough has 18 years experience in law practice. She began her career in 2003.

Before joining Cole, Scott & Kissane, McDonnough was an Assistant Public Defender at 9th Judicial Circuit Public Defender's Office and before that a Legal Assistant at Digital Risk. Earlier in her career she worked with Florida Mortgage Partners as a Loan Officer. McDonnough graduated from University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law with a JD and from University of Central Florida with an undergraduate degree in English Literature.

 

61. Annie Cook
Troutman Sanders LLP

Annie Cook began her professional career 13 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Troutman Sanders LLP. Troutman Sanders and Pepper Hamilton merged on July 1, 2020. The combined law firm, Troutman Pepper, offers clients greater resources and bench strength, enhanced practices, and expanded geographical reach.

Cook first got her start in 2008 as an Associate of Environmental & Administrative Law at Hunton & Williams LLP, her most recent position prior to joining Troutman Sanders. Cook graduated from Emory University School of Law with a graduate degree and from Kenyon College with an undergraduate degree.

 

62. Heather LaSalle Alexis
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Heather LaSalle Alexis is an Attorney at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. She first joined the firm in 2020. Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. based law firm with offices in 13 states and London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry and the professional services sector including representation of law firms and lawyers.

Previously, Alexis was an Attorney at McGlinchey Stafford. Alexis earned a graduate degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Sociology from Louisiana State University.

 

63. Deborah Moskowitz
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.

Deborah Moskowitz is the Managing Partner and Shareholder at Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWA). QPWB is a law firm that specializes in civil litigation, trial practice, real estate and commercial law. Moskowitz has 24 years experience in law practice. She began her career in 1997.

Before joining QPWB, Moskowitz was an Associate at Bobo, Ciotoli, Bocchino and before that a Assistant State Attorney at the 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Moskowitz graduated from Samford University with a JD and from University of Miami with an undergraduate degree in Communications.

 

64. Ellen Holloman
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Ellen Holloman began her professional career 22 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, a global law firm established in 1792, serves a diverse client base, including many of the world's leading financial institutions and corporations in more than 50 countries.

Holloman first got her start in 1999 as an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell before eventually rising to Partner at Olshan Frome Wolosky, her most recent position prior to joining Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Holloman graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from Swarthmore College with an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Political Science.

 

65. Michelle Wandler Albrecht
Loeb & Loeb LLP

Michelle Albrecht is a Partner of Loeb & Loeb LLP. She first joined the firm in 2007. Loeb & Loeb is a premier law firm focused on helping organizations and individuals innovate, grow and evolve in a changing world.

Previously, Albrecht was an Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and before that an Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. Albrecht earned a JD from Harvard Law School and an undergraduate degree in History from Columbia University.

 

66. Amy L. Baird
Jackson Walker LLP

Amy Baird is a Partner of Jackson Walker LLP. Jackson Walker is a Texas-based law firm with a national presence and global reach with more than 400 attorneys. Baird represents clients in the energy industry and does complex commercial litigation for those clients. Baird’s experience includes the representation of natural gas gatherers and oil and gas producers. Baird has 36 years of experience in law practice. She began her career in 1985.

Prior to joining private practice, Baird served as in-house counsel for Southern Natural Gas Company in Birmingham, Alabama. Baird received her JD from the University of Alabama School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama.

 

67. Michelle Anderson
Fisher & Phillips LLP

Michelle Anderson began her professional career 25 years ago. Today, she is the Attorney of Fisher & Phillips LLP. Fisher & Phillips is a law firm providing legal services like labour and employment law, employee benefits, immigration.

Anderson first got her start in 1996 as an Employment Specialist at Career Path Services, her most recent position prior to joining Fisher & Phillips LLP. Anderson graduated from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law with a JD and from Washington State University with an undergraduate degree in Communications and Political Science.

 

68. Debra Albin-Riley
Arent Fox

Debra Albin-Riley is a Partner of Arent Fox. She first joined the firm in 2008. Arent Fox, with more than 450 lawyers and professionals, is internationally recognized in core industries where business and the law intersect.

Previously, Albin-Riley was a Partner at Winston & Strawn and before that a Partner at Fried, Frank. Earlier in her career she worked with Loeb & Loeb as a Partner. Albin-Riley earned a JD from University of Southern California Law School and an undergraduate degree in Art History from University of California, Los Angeles.

 

69. Nicole Allen
Thompson Coburn

Nicole Allen is a Partner of Thompson Coburn. She first joined the firm in 2017 as a Counsel. For almost 90 years, Thompson Coburn LLP has provided the quality legal services and counsel their clients demand to achieve their most critical business goals. With more than 380 lawyers and 40 practice areas, they serve clients throughout the United States and beyond.

Allen first got her start as an Associate with McCarthy, Sweeney & Harkaway before moving on to become an Associate with Bruder, Gentile & Marcoux. Prior to joining Thompson Coburn, Allen was a Senior Associate with Schiff Harden. Allen graduated from American University Washington College of Law with a masters in Law and Government, from St. John's University with a doctor of Law and from Kenyon College with a bachelors in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

 

70. Elise Baumgarten
Williams & Connolly

Elise Baumgarten is a Partner of Williams & Connolly. She first joined the firm in 2011. Williams & Connolly is recognized as one of the world’s premier litigation firms. Their lawyers successfully handle significant civil and criminal matters in courts across the country and forums around the world. They bring a unique blend of talent, tenacity and teamwork to every case they handle in the relentless pursuit of the best possible outcomes for their clients.

Prior to joining Williams & Connolly, Baumgarten was a Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She graduated from Harvard Law School and from Emory University with a bachelors in Political Science.

 

71. Helen Maher
Boies Schiller Flexner

Helen Maher is a Partner and Expert in Sports Law and Commercial Litigation for Boies Schiller Flexner. She first joined the firm in 2000. Bois Schiller Flexner is a firm of internationally recognized trial lawyers, crisis managers, and strategic advisors known for their creative, aggressive, and efficient pursuit of success for their clients.

Maher graduated from Pace University School of Law with her JD.

 

72. Donna Wilson
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips

Donna Wilson is the Chief Executive Officer and Manager Partner of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. She first joined the firm in 2013 as a Partner. Manatt, Phelps & Phillips is a Los Angeles based law firm with more than 450 attorneys and other professionals founded in 1965. The firm earned revenues of $316.9 million in 2017.

Wilson first got her start as a Law Clerk for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey before moving on to become a Law Clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Later she rose to become a Litigation Associate for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. She also spent time as a Partner at several firms including Kelley Drye & Warren, BuckleySandler, and Gilbert & Randolph. Wilson graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and from George Washington University.

 

73. Chérie R. Kiser
Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Chérie R. Kiser is the Managing Partner of the DC Office of Cahill Gordon & Reindel. She first joined the firm in 2008. Cahill continues to be widely regarded for its prominent work in finance, litigation, corporate investigations, insurance, First Amendment rights, antitrust, and tax areas.

Previously, Kiser was a DC Managing Partner and Executive Committee Member at Mintz Levin and before that an Associate at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Leiby & MacRae. Earlier in her career she worked with Sprint as a Senior Regulatory Attorney. Kiser earned a JD from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Speech Communications from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

 

74. Jennifer Flannery
Barclay Damon

Jennifer Flannery is a Partner for Trust and Estates with Barclay Damon. She first joined the firm in 2015. Barclay Damon attorneys provide customized, targeted solutions grounded in industry knowledge and a deep understanding of their clients’ businesses. With nearly 300 attorneys, Barclay Damon is a leading regional law firm that operates from a strategic platform of offices located in the Northeastern United States and Toronto.

Prior to joining Barclay Damon, Flannery was an Attorney for Damon & Morey. She graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo and from Binghamton University.

 

75. Susan Brewer
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Susan Brewer is an Attorney and Immediate Past CEO of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. She first joined the firm in 1980 as an Attorney. Steptoe & Johnson is a law firm nationally recognized for its strengths in energy law with more than a century of know-how in the areas of business, employment, and litigation.

Brewer earned a JD from George Mason University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Duke University.

 

76. Erika Harmon Arner
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Erika Arner is a Partner of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner is one of the largest IP law firms in the world with offices in Atlanta, Boston, London, Palo Alto, Reston, Seoul, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington, DC. Arner has 22 years experience in law practice. She began her career in 1999.

Arner graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law with a JD and from William & Mary with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.

 

77. Antonia Birt
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP

Antonia Birt began her professional career 12 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP. Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle is a leading AmLaw 200 international law firm. Headquartered in New York, Curtis has 17 offices in the United States, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Central and East Asia.

Birt first got her start in 2009 as a Senior Associate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, her most recent position prior to joining Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle. Birt graduated from University of Cambridge with a graduate degree.

 

78. Barbara A. Kaye
Honigman

Barbara Kaye is a Partner of Honigman. She first joined the firm in 2007. Honigman is a leading business law firm serving clients locally, nationally, and internationally from its Midwest base.

Previously, Kaye was a Partner at Dykema Gossett PLLC. Kaye earned a JD from University of Michigan Law School and an undergraduate degree from University of Michigan.

 

79. Kristin Paz
Shutts & Bowen LLP

Kristin Paz is a Partner of Shutts & Bowen LLP. Shutts & Bowen is a Florida-based law firm, headquartered in Miami, representing individuals and business entities nationally and internationally. Paz has 9 years in law practice. She began her career in 2012.

Before joining Shutts & Bowen, Paz was an Associate Attorney at Fowler White Burnett. Earlier in her career she worked with GST LLP as an Associate Attorney. Paz graduated from Florida International University - College of Law with a JD and from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with an undergraduate degree in Spanish and Portuguese Studies.

 

80. Ginger Dodd
Phelps Dunbar LLP

Ginger Dodd began her professional career 24 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Phelps Dunbar LLP. Phelps is a regional law firm of more than 300 attorneys uniquely equipped to serve clients in the major commercial centers of the burgeoning “Third Coast” of the United States.

Dodd graduated from Louisiana State University Law Center with a JD and from Louisiana State University with an undergraduate degree in Finance.

 

81. Lori Barker
Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP

Lori Barker is the Managing Partner of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP. She first joined the firm in 2021. Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman offers world-class representation for middle market to Fortune 500 companies across a comprehensive range of practice areas.

Previously, Barker was a Counsel at Wilson Elser and before that a Trial Attorney III at Nationwide Insurance. Earlier in her career she worked with Allen & Gooch as an Associate. Barker earned a JD from University of Georgia School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Loyola University New Orleans.

 

82. Christina Ma
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Christina Ma is a Partner of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Wachtell Lipton was founded on a handshake in 1965 as a small group of lawyers dedicated to providing advice and expertise at the highest levels. Ma has 9 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2012.

Before joining Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Ma was a lecturer in law at Columbia Law School and before that a Law Clerk at U.S Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Ma graduated from Columbia University School of Law with a JD and from Brown University with an undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Economics.

 

83. Trisha Gill
Litchfield Cavo, LLP

Trisha Gill began her professional career 27 years ago. Today, she is a Partner at Litchfield Cavo, LLP. Litchfield Cavo began as a small firm of attorneys experienced in insurance and business defense matters. Today the firm has expanded across the country, with 22 offices and more than 250 lawyers.

Gill first got her start in 1994 as a Clerk at McCarthy Martone Peasley. From there, she went on to Summers, McDonnell, Walsh & Skeel, before eventually rising to Partner at Walsh, Collis & Blackmer, her most recent position prior to joining Litchfield Cavo. Gill graduated from Albany Law School with a graduate degree and from Gannon University with an undergraduate degree.

 

84. Nefertiti J. Alexander
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Nefertiti J. Alexander began her professional career 13 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, a national law firm primarily focusing on complex commercial litigation.

Alexander first got her start in 2008 as a Law Clerk at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. From there, she went on to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, before eventually rising to Litigation Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, her most recent position prior to joining Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman. Alexander graduated from Harvard Law School with a JD and from New York University with an undergraduate degree in Sociology.

 

85. Lynda Zadra-Symes
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Lynda Zadra-Symes began her professional career 31 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP. Knobbe Martens has close to 275 lawyers and scientists nationwide and dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property and technology law, including litigation.

Zadra-Symes graduated from De Montfort University with an undergraduate degree.

 

86. Kathleen Fennelly
McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP

Kathleen Fennelly is a Partner of McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, LLP. She first joined the firm in 2018. McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter is a diverse practice with lawyers who place the client first.

Fennelly earned a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Fairfield University.

 

87. Sasha Rao
Maynard Cooper & Gale LLP

Sasha Rao is a Partner of Maynard Cooper & Gale LLP. Maynard Cooper & Gale is a nationally recognized law firm with more than 300 attorneys. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the firm has offices spanning the state from Huntsville to the port city of Mobile. Rao has 25 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 1996.

Before joining Maynard Cooper & Gale LLP, Rao was a Partner at Bingham McCutchen and before that a Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with Fish & Neave as an Associate. Rao graduated from New York University School of Law with a JD and from Randolph College with an undergraduate degree in Physics.

 

88. Heather Aune
Gunderson Dettmer

Heather Aune began her professional career 19 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Gunderson Dettmer. Gunderson Dettmer has more than 350 lawyers singularly focused on the global venture capital and emerging companies ecosystem, across nine offices in key venture markets throughout the world, including Silicon Valley, Ann Arbor, Austin, Beijing, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco and Singapore.

Aune first got her start in 2002 as an Attorney at Kissane & Cook, A.P.C., before eventually moving on to Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, her most recent position prior to joining Gunderson Dettmer. Aune graduated from University of San Diego School of Law with a graduate degree and from UC San Diego with an undergraduate degree in History.

 

89. Loryn Arkow
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Loryn Arkow is a Partner of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP. She first joined the firm in 2015. Stroock & Stroock & Lavan is a legal firm that provides services to various financial institutions.

Previously, Arkow was a Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and before that a Partner at Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with O'Melveny & Myers LLP as an Associate. Arkow earned a graduate degree from Stanford University Law School and an undergraduate degree in Government from Harvard University.

 

90. Jessica Nelson
Spencer Fane LLP

Jessica J. Nelson is a Partner of Spencer Fane LLP. Spencer Fane is a law firm where business leaders work with other business leaders. Nelson has 16 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2005.

Before joining Spencer Fane LLP, Nelson was an Attorney and Shareholder at Felhaber Larson Law Firm and before that an Associate Attorney at Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with the United State District Court, District of Minnesota as a Judicial Law Clerk. Nelson graduated from University of St. Thomas School of Law with a JD and from University of St. Thomas with an undergraduate degree in Communication and Catholic Studies.

 

91. Susan T. Bart
Schiff Hardin LLP

Susan Bart began her professional career 36 years ago. Today, she is a Partner of Schiff Hardin LLP. Schiff Hardin is a general practice law firm representing clients across the United States and around the world.

Bart first got her start in 1985 as a Clerk at United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. From there, she went on to Hopkins & Sutter, before eventually rising to Partner at Sidley Austin LLP, her most recent position prior to joining Schiff Hardin. Bart graduated from University of Michigan Law School with a JD and from Grinnell College with an undergraduate degree in Economics.

 

92. Kim Ahlgrim
Chapman and Cutler LLP

Kim Ahlgrim is a Partner of Chapman and Cutler LLP. She first joined the firm in 1997 as an Attorney. Chapman and Cutler develops innovative and practical legal solutions for complex financial transactions.

Previously, Ahlgrim was an Attorney at Smith, Lodge & Schneider. Ahlgrim earned a JD from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and an undergraduate degree in International Business and French from Illinois State University.

 

93. Deborah Baker
Greenspoon Marder, LLP at Greenspoon Marder LLP

Deborah Baker is the Director of Attorney Development and Partner of Greenspoon Marder. Greenspoon Marder is a national full-service business law firm with 200 attorneys and offices across the United States. Baker has 22 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2001.

Before joining Greenspoon Marder, Baker was a Partner at SMGQ Law and before that a Partner at Greenspoon Marder LLP. Earlier in her career she worked with Fried Frank as an Attorney.

 

94. Elle McCulty
Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP

Elle Carr McCulty is a Partner of Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis LLP. She first joined the firm in 2013. Waller believes that helping clients achieve their objectives requires more. In a world marked by rapid technological change, volatile economic factors and ever-shifting regulatory demands, Waller is able to proactively adapt to support their client’s success.

Previously, McCulty was an Associate of General Practice at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and before that a Law Clerk at U.S. District Court. Earlier in her career she worked with Amigos de las Americas as an Associate Project Director. McCulty earned a JD from Columbia University School of Law and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from American University.

 

95. Andrea Harlow
Williams Mullen

Andrea Harlow is a Partner of Williams Mullen. She first joined the firm in 2005. Williams Mullen is a regional, full-service law firm with more than 240 attorneys in offices across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Previously, Harlow was an Attorney at Kaufman & Canoles. Harlow earned a JD from University of Richmond School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University.

 

96. Laura E. Morris
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

Laura E. Morris is an Attorney for Warner Norcross & Judd LLP. Warner Norcross & Judd is a corporate law firm with more than 230 attorneys practicing in nine offices throughout Michigan: Grand Rapids, Detroit, Midland, Macomb County, Muskegon, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Holland and Bloomfield Hills. Morris has 15 years of experience in law practice. She began her career in 2006.

Morris graduated from Wayne State Law School with a JD and from Michigan State University with an undergraduate degree in Business Pre-Law.

 

97. Christine Friday
Stradley Ronon

Christine Friday is a Partner of Stradley Ronon. Stradley Ronon is a law firm that offers legal services in corporate and business laws. Friday has 10 years in the law practice industry. She began her career in 2011.

Friday graduated from Rutgers University School of Law - Camden with a graduate degree and from Loyola College with an undergraduate degree in Business Economics.

 

98. Michelle Napoli
Morrison Mahoney

Michelle Napoli began her professional career 16 years ago. Today, she is a Partner Litigation Attorney for Morrison Mahoney LLP. Morrison Mahoney LLP is committed to servicing its clients'​ needs and working with its clients to achieve desired goals and objectives.

Napoli graduated from The University of Connecticut School of Law with a JD and from Fairfield University with an undergraduate degree in Biology.

 

99. Ashley Lynam
Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads

Ashley Lynam is a Partner of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads. Montgomery McCracken is a full-service law firm with offices in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Lynam has 12 years of experience in law practice. She began her career in 2009.

Before joining Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, Lynam was a Partner at Fowler Hirtzel McNulty & Spaulding, and before that a Partner at Bennett, Bricklin & Saltzburg LLC. Earlier in her career she worked with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas as a Law Clerk. Lynam graduated from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law with a JD and from Villanova University with an undergraduate degree in Business Management and Criminal Justice.

 

100. Jennifer Cave
Stites & Harbison, PLLC

Jennifer Cave is a Partner of Stites & Harbison, PLLC. Stites & Harbison is a full service Southeastern-based law firm representing clients across the United States and internationally. They are known as a preeminent firm managing sophisticated transactions, challenging litigation, and complex regulatory matters on a daily basis. Cave has over 20 years of experience working as an attorney and environmental consultant across the United States.

Cave works closely with businesses to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Cave advises clients on air quality, storm water, wastewater, and solid and hazardous waste permitting and compliance requirements. She defends clients in administrative, civil, and criminal enforcement actions. She also regularly counsels equipment manufacturers on the importation and sale of mobile sources under the Clean Air Act and guides clients through transactions involving the purchase and sale of contaminated properties. Cave also represents distilleries around the world on environmental compliance and sustainability issues. Cave received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and her J.D. from the Seattle University School of Law.