Women's Impact Network for Success
Developing Opportunities for Women in the Legal Profession
The Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success is devoted to the success of our women attorneys within the firm and in the industry. Through various programs, we exchange ideas, foster and expand business contacts and opportunities, and enhance attorney development to fully realize the talent, knowledge and potential of our women attorneys.
Awards & Accolades
Duane Morris is consistently ranked as one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, based on the firm's family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that retain women and advance them into the leadership pipeline. In 2015, Yale Law Women ranked Duane Morris among its Top Ten Family Friendly Firms and, in 2014, The American Lawyer's Women Partner Watch Honor Roll recognized Duane Morris as one of only 20 law firms among the Am Law 200 whose new partner classes were at least 30 percent women in each of the previous three years. The Philadelphia Business Journal/Forum of Executive Women chose Duane Morris as the global company recipient of the 2015 Advancing Women Company Award and the Career Contessa website listed Duane Morris as one of the top five companies in Philadelphia with best perks for women based on the firm’s promotion of career growth and family. Crain’s Chicago Business named Duane Morris a 2016 "Best Place to Work for Women Over 35." In addition, for the fifth year in a row, Duane Morris has been listed on the Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. Duane Morris's mentoring and networking programs for women attorneys have also been cited by Law360, Women 3.0 magazine, Philadelphia magazine and others.
Many of our attorneys have also been honored, including:
Duane Morris partner Andrea M. Augustine, of the Chicago office, has been named co-chair of the firm's Patent Preparation and Prosecution division. Andrea focuses her practice in the areas of strategic counseling for patent and trademark procurement (domestic and foreign) and portfolio management in the electrical, mechanical and consumer product industries. She assists clients in drafting and negotiating IP-related agreements, including joint development, supply, licensing, sponsored-research, consultant and confidentiality agreements.
Duane Morris partner Nicole K. McLaughlin, of the Philadelphia office, has been named chair of the firm's Trademark, Copyright, Entertainment and Advertising practice. Nicole provides a full range of IP transactional, litigation and strategic counseling services to clients, including global brand management, trademark strategy, structure, protection and enforcement, trademark infringement, unfair competition, dilution and counterfeit litigation, trade dress and copyright counseling, licensing, and social media and Internet issues.
Duane Morris & Selvam special counsel Babita Ambekar has been named as one of the "30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2017" by Asia Law Portal. Ms. Ambekar is head of Duane Morris & Selvam’s India and Japan Practice Groups. She advises multinationals, in an international counsel capacity, on a variety of matters. She is also actively involved in the firm’s Myanmar and Sri Lanka Practice Groups.
Duane Morris’ Meghan E. Claiborne, of the firm’s Philadelphia office, has been honored with the Sean Peretta Service Award by the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Philadelphia Bar Association. The Sean Peretta Service Award is given annually to a member of the legal community who exhibits exceptional community service. Ms. Claiborne was recognized for her efforts as co-chair of the YLD’s expungement project, which helps former convicts “restart” their lives and careers with unblemished criminal records.
Duane Morris attorney Cyndie Chang, managing partner of the firm’s Los Angeles office, was sworn in as president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) for 2016–2017 at its 28th Annual Meeting. She has served the organization, which represents the interest of more than 50,000 attorneys and over 75 national, state and local bar associations, in various leadership roles, including vice president of communications, secretary and regional governor. She also was recognized by NAPABA as one of its 2010 "Best Lawyers Under 40." Ms. Chang litigates complex business and commercial disputes involving contracts, unfair competition, trademark, trade secrets, products liability, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), broker disputes, entertainment and real estate law.
Duane Morris Partner Denyse Sabagh, of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, received the second annual Duane Morris Pro Bono Leadership Award for her pro bono aid to many low-income immigrants throughout her career, including refugees, asylees, citizenship applicants, domestic violence survivors, children and many more. She has served on the firm’s Pro Bono Committee since its inception and also serves as chair of Duane Morris’ Immigration Practice Group. Ms. Sabagh has averaged more than 100 pro bono hours annually since the firm began collecting data on pro bono service and has mentored and encouraged many Duane Morris attorneys in their service.
Duane Morris Partner Karineh Khachatourian, of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, has received the Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success’ 2016 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award, which honors female attorney leaders who have made significant contributions to the professional development and advancement of women lawyers. The award is named after the late Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, a Duane Morris partner in Chicago. Ms. Khachatourian focuses her practice in the area of intellectual property litigation and counseling. She is the co-founder of Salonnieres, a social organization for women professionals and is a co-leader of the General Counsel Network for Watermark, which is a group for executive women. In 2013, she was recognized as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “Women of Influence” and was selected by The Recorder as one of its “Women Leaders in Tech Law.”
Partner Manita Rawat of the firm’s Silicon Valley office has been chosen as a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s (LCLD) 2015 class of Fellows. This landmark program identifies, trains and advances the next generation of leaders in the legal profession. Ms. Rawat was also named a recipient of the 2016 National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) “Best Under 40” Award. This award recognizes individuals within the Asian Pacific American legal community under the age of 40 who have achieved prominence and distinction in their fields of endeavor. Ms. Rawat focuses her practice primarily in the area of intellectual property law and litigation. She is a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and has significant experience in patent preparation and prosecution, primarily working with mechanical, aerospace and software technologies. Rawat is a part of the American Bar Association and donates her time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Nevada, where she is on the Board of Directors, and the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada where she is a volunteer attorney for the Children’s Attorneys Project.
Partner Bronwyn Roberts, of the firm’s Boston office, has been named one of the “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. The award honors women attorneys who have demonstrated great accomplishments in the legal field, which includes: pro bono, social justice, advocacy and business. Ms. Roberts represents businesses and health and educational institutions in employment litigation matters.
She serves on the board of ambassadors for the Home for Little Wanderers; the board of directors for the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts; and board of overseers for the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. In 2016, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by Governor Charles D. Baker. Ms. Roberts was also elected to The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA), an organization that works to achieve the full and equal participation of women in every aspect of society.
Duane Morris Partner Megan R. Worrell, of the firm’s New York office, has received the 2016 Margery Reed Professional Excellence Award from the Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success. Named in memory of our late colleague Margery Reed, the award recognizes contributions made towards creating, modeling and mentoring others in regards to work-life management issues. Ms. Worrell practices in the area of U.S. and international tax and wealth transfer planning. She currently serves as vice chair and program committee chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) New York and is on the International Bar Association’s Individual Tax and Private Client Committee.
Partner Beatrice O'Donnell, of the firm’s Philadelphia office, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Forum of Executive Women, a membership organization of 450 women of significant influence across the Greater Philadelphia region. Ms. O’Donnell was also named co-director of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation Division for the 2016-2017 year, and previously served as the ABA Woman Advocate co-chair and past co-chair of the ABA Mass Torts Committee. Ms. O’Donnell has also received the inaugural Margery reed Professional Excellence Award from the Duane Morris’ Women’s Initiative. The award recognizes contributions toward creating, modeling and mentoring others regarding issues of work-life management. Ms. O’Donnell co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Woman Advocate Committee and was a former co-chair of the Mass Torts Committee from 2009-2012 and in 2009, she was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her work. She is also a two-term past co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and serves on the Women’s Initiative Steering Committee.
Duane Morris Partner Rosa Ertze, of the firm’s New York office, has recently been honored by The M&A Advisor with their 2016 Emerging Leader Award. This award is presented to selected individuals who have contributed significantly to their industry and shown remarkable success before the age of 40. Rosa focuses her practice in the area of corporate law and international business transactions, advising domestic, multinational and foreign companies on mergers and acquisitions, private equity restructurings, general corporate matters, cross-border direct foreign investment, joint ventures, financings and securitizations. Aside from domestic companies, Rosa works with businesses in Latin-America. She is also a member of the Cuba Business Group.
Partner Rebecca Lamberth, of the firm's Atlanta office, has recently been appointed co-head of the Commercial, Securities, and Antitrust Litigation (CSAL) Division within Duane Morris’ global Trial Practice group. The CSAL consists of more than 325 trial lawyers throughout the firm. Ms. Lamberth focuses her practice on professional malpractice ligation, securities litigation and complex commercial litigation. In addition to being on the firm’s Partners Board, Rebecca is also a member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers.
Duane Morris Partner Hope Krebs, of the firm’s Philadelphia office, is the first woman to be appointed as chair of Multilaw, a global network of independent law firms connecting lawyers and clients across international borders. At Multilaw, Ms. Krebs previously served on the Management Committee and Executive Council, as well as being chair of the Future Conferences Committee and Pro Bono Mission. From 2011 to 2013, Hope was president of the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia. Ms. Krebs is co-chair of Duane Morris’ International Practice Group.
Partner Carla Murphy, of the firm’s Baltimore office, has been named one of Maryland’s 2015 50 Leading Women by The Daily Record. The Leading Women program identifies women age 40 or younger who are accomplished professionally, involved in the community and committed to inspiring change. Murphy, an employment lawyer, is also president of The Arc Baltimore, which provides support for adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Last year, Ms. Murphy received the Volunteer Service Award on behalf of The Arc Baltimore. In 2014, Ms. Murphy was named Very Important Professional (“VIP”) Under 40 by The Daily Record.
Sandra Jeskie, a partner in the Philadelphia office, has been named a Woman of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal. The Women of Distinction Awards honor the region’s most influential businesswomen in a variety of industries, from entrepreneurs to high-ranking executives and influential attorneys. Ms. Jeskie, leader of the firm's Information Technologies and Telecom group, chair of the Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success (WINS) and a member of the firm's Partners Board, was recognized as a 2014 Client Service All-Star MVP in BTI Consulting Group's annual polling of in-house counsel, being one of only 15 attorneys nationwide so honored for the past three consecutive years. Sandy was also named one of just 43 "Best-of-the-Best Attorneys" and "Cream of the Crop Litigators" by Law360 in 2013. She previously served as president of the International Technology Law Association and, was named one of the 2012 Most Powerful and Influential Women of Pennsylvania by the National Diversity Council.
Duane Morris Partner Dominica Anderson, of the firm’s Las Vegas office, has received the 2015 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award from the Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success (WINS). The Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award is given to female attorney leaders who have made significant contributions to the professional development and advancement of women lawyers. The award is named for the late Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, a Duane Morris partner in Chicago who died in January 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Bryson was a leader in many significant civic and community causes, and she was repeatedly honored throughout her career as a major pioneer, both as a female lawyer and as a lawyer of color. Ms. Anderson focuses on insurance and commercial litigation and is a member of the firm’s governing Partners Board. Dominica is vice-chair of the Duane Morris WINS Steering Committee and previously received the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award from The National Association of Women Lawyers.
Duane Morris associate Carolyn Alenci, of the firm’s Boston office, has recently received the 2015 Margery Reed Professional Excellence Award from the Duane Morris Women’s Impact Network for Success (WINS). This award recognizes contributions made towards creating, modeling and mentoring others in regards to work-life management issues. Ms. Alenci focuses her practice in the areas of intellectual property litigation, concentrating on the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Carolyn serves on the Drugs and Biologics Committee for the Food and Drug Law Institute and is also a member of the Women’s Bar Association.
Partner Susan A. Laws of the firm’s London office has been appointed to Duane Morris’ five-member Executive Committee. She is the co-managing partner of the London office and focuses her corporate practice on business law and finance, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital financing and computer law. Laws is the first Duane Morris Executive Committee member from an office outside of the U.S. Laws will be replacing Sheila Hollis, partner and chair of the firm’s Washington, D.C.office, who served on the Executive Committee for more than 10 years. Laws joined Duane Morris in 2000 upon the merger of her former firm, Geisler & Laws, into Duane Morris to launch the firm’s London office. She is a frequent lecturer on the topic of mergers and acquisitions, and she is one of the few solicitors in the U.K. to hold a master’s degree in business administration. Laws is a 1977 graduate of Southampton University and an M.B.A. graduate of Nottingham Law School. She Director of Motor Secretaries Limited, and is also on the boards of The Food Factor Limited and Certagent Limited.
Duane Morris partner Nanette C. Heide, of the New York office, has received the Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award from the Duane Morris Women’s Initiative for 2014. The Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award is given to female attorney leaders who have made significant contributions to the professional development and advancement of women lawyers. The award is named for the late Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, a Duane Morris partner in Chicago who died in January 2012 after a long battle with cancer. Heide focuses her practice in the areas of corporate and securities transactions, and general corporate counseling representing private equity and venture capital investors, and multinational and domestic corporations (public and private) She has served on the Women of Leadership Committee for the Association for Corporate Growth’s (ACG) New York Chapter since 2008. She is also chair of programming for the Women’s Initiative in Duane Morris’ New York office and a member of its Steering Committee. Heide has been the past Treasurer and Audit Committee chair for the New York Junior League. She currently serves on the Duane Morris Partners Board and is a member of the Law Council for Washington and Lee University School of Law.
Duane Morris partner Patricia P. Hollenbeck, of the San Diego office, has been elected as the 43rd President of Lawyers Club of San Diego, serving a one-year term from July 1, 2014. A member of the organization’s board of directors since 2011, Patty recently completed her term as vice president of the Finance & Fundraising Section. She previously served as the chair of several Lawyers Club committees, including Membership and Judicial Endorsements. Lawyers Club of San Diego is a specialty bar association that seeks to advance the status of women in the law and in society. In the past, Patty was the recipient of the 2013 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award from the Duane Morris Women’s Initiative. The Bryson award is named for former Duane Morris partner Cheryl Blackwell Bryson, a Duane Morris lawyer who died in January 2012 after a long battle with cancer, and recognizes female attorney leaders at the firm. Patty, in addition to being recognized for contributions to women in the profession, including issues of the professional development and advancement, was named one of the Top Lawyers in San Diego in 2013.
Duane Morris partner Cyndie M. Chang was recently appointed managing partner of our Los Angeles office. Ms. Chang was also recognized by the Daily Journal as one of the 2014 Top 100 Women Lawyers in California. Last year, The Recorder named Cyndie a “2013 Lawyer on the Fast Track” and she was included on the Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List, which honored 100 early-to-mid-career minority attorneys for excellence in legal profession. Cyndie is the vice president of communications to the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and immediate past president of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association.
Duane Morris partner Suzan Jo has been selected for the 2014 Fellows Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), a national organization composed of the legal profession’s top general counsel and managing partners. Suzan joins a class of 170 attorneys from around the United States who have been selected as LCLD Fellows for 2014—the largest class in the program’s history. Launched in 2011, the LCLD Fellows program is an ambitious, highly structured initiative built to increase diversity at the leadership levels of the nation’s law firms and corporate legal departments. Over the course of the yearlong program, participants will be challenged to improve their professional brands, build relationships that enhance professional development, participate in corporate learning experiences and sharpen stewardship and leadership skills. Previously, Suzan was named to Super Lawyers’ list of “Rising Stars” for three consecutive years (2011, 2012 and 2013).
Duane Morris attorney M. Elaine Jacoby will be honored with the 2014 Alice Paul Equality Award by the Alice Paul Institute, of Mount Laurel, New Jersey. The award honors individuals from who capture the spirit of Alice Stokes Paul and continue her mission of advancing women’s equality. (Paul was a leader in the campaign for women’s right to vote, authored the original proposed Equal Rights Amendment in 1923 and initiated gender equality principles in both the United Nations Charter and in the 1964 Civil Rights Act.) Elaine, who was inspired by the women’s rights movement to become a lawyer, began practicing law in 1975 when there were few women partners in New Jersey law firms. She practices in the areas of employment law and civil litigation, and has spent much of her career developing and implementing equal employment opportunity compliance programs designed to prevent workplace discrimination and harassment.
Jennifer A. Kearns, a partner in the firm’s San Diego office, has been re-elected to the board of directors of Mama’s Kitchen, Inc. Mama’s Kitchen is a nonprofit organization that delivers full nutrition to low income clients affected by AIDS/HIV or cancer at no cost to the client. Kearns served two consecutive terms as a member of the board of directors of Mama’s Kitchen from 2004 through 2010 and served as board president in 2007. Her new term will commence January 1, 2014. Jennifer has also been honored by the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association with its annual Friend of the Community Award. The award is presented to people who have made a positive impact in San Diego and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in particular.
Vicki G. Norton, Ph.D. a partner in the San Diego office, has been named the Issues Leader for the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s (AIPLA) Biotechnology Committee. As issues leader, Vicki oversees and reports on the activities of the Biosimilars, Diagnostics and Gene Patenting, Industrial Biotech, Biotech Litigation, PTAB Actions, Plant biotech, and the Technology Transfer and Licensing Subcommittees as they report on timely biotech matters impacting biotechnology intellectual property. Vicki practices in the area of intellectual property law with a focus on biotechnology and chemical patent counseling and litigation. She also serves as co-chair for the Biologic Products and Competition Sub-Committee of AIPLA, as well as chairperson of the California State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice by the State Bar Board of Governors.
A team of Duane Morris attorneys and staff who help human trafficking survivors through Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) accepted the seventh annual Duane Morris Pro Bono Award. GEMS provides a range of services to address the needs of young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Numerous Duane Morris volunteers have represented survivors in motions to vacate criminal convictions resulting from their trafficking. Singled out for recognition were Duane Morris attorneys Rosa Ertze and Nicole Woolard, of the New York office, for their work with a client who was trafficked and forced into prostitution at a very young age, impregnated by her trafficker, and made to abandon her daughter in Mexico when the baby was just a few months old. After escaping her traffickers in New York, the client spent years searching for her daughter unsuccessfully. Rosa, Nicole and the team were able to locate her daughter, then 15 years old and, in collaboration with Mexican authorities, rescue her from the same traffickers that had trafficked her mother. Rosa, Nicole and the team were able to help our client gain legal custody of her daughter and successfully petition the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for Humanitarian Parole to allow the daughter to come to the U.S. with her mother.
Rachael Pontikes, a cross-border litigation partner in the Chicago office, was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin from over 1,300 nominees as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.” Last year, she was selected as one of the JTBF’s 2013 “20 under 40” honorees. This award is given to young lawyers in recognition of their demonstrable commitment to JTBF’s goals of community involvement and providing guidance and encouragement to diverse students with an interest in the law, as well as to others in their community, to attain their highest academic, personal and professional aspirations. She is the co-founder of the Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women’s mentoring circles program, the largest mentoring program for women attorneys in Chicago. Rachael is also a tireless advocate in efforts against exploitation/sex trafficking and is on the board for the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. Recently, Rachael and Elinor L. Hart won a motion to have their client’s prostitution convictions voided under the Illinois Justice for Victims of Sex Crimes Trafficking Act. A story on this important legal win appeared in the Chicago Tribune.
Karineh Khachatourian, managing partner of the Silicon Valley office, was named to the third annual “Women Leaders in Tech Law” listing. Published by The Recorder, the list recognizes 50 women lawyers who have demonstrated leadership and knowledge in solving the most pressing legal concerns facing technology companies. This honor follows her being named as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2013 Women of Influence earlier this year.
Arfat Selvam, managing partner of Duane Morris & Selvam in Singapore, served as lead legal counsel to Heineken in its $4.6 billion takeover of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd. Her instrumental role in this transaction helped Duane Morris & Selvam garner a trio of M&A Deal of the Year awards: the Global M&A Deal of the Year for Southeast Asia in the 2013 American Lawyer Global Legal Awards, as well as the Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year and the Singapore M&A Deal of the Year by Asian Law and Business. Previously, Arfat was shortlisted for “Managing Partner of the Year” award in the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards 2012.
Kate Shay, corporate partner in the Philadelphia office, has been appointed a member of the board of directors of Pennsylvania Bio, the statewide trade association representing the commonwealth’s life science industry. Previously, Kate was a recipient of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s “Life Science Award for Best Consultant (Early Stage)” in 2010 and was also named by that publication and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) as a “Woman of Distinction” in 2008. In 2006, Shay was awarded the WIN Iris Newman Award by the Alliance of Women Entrepreneurs for her leadership in the entrepreneurial community and her outstanding support of women business entrepreneurs. In addition to Kate’s recent honors and awards, she serves on the board of directors of Pennsylvania Bio, the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and Women Inventing Next.
Duane Morris attorney Karen Kline, of the Boca Raton office, was named to the Lawyers of Color Inaugural Hot List and profiled in the LOC’s Special Issue in July 2013. Karen is the secretary of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of South Florida and is a committee member of the International Trademark Association.
Duane Morris intellectual property attorney Christiane Schuman Campbell is the 2013–2014 chair-elect of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) Intellectual Property Section. She will also continue her role as chair of the Trademark Subcommittee for the Section. Christi shared “Technology Tips for Managing Your Practice: From Desktop to Mobile” at the Philadelphia Bar Association’s 2013 Bench-Bar & Annual Conference.
Sheila Hollis, member of the firm’s Executive Committee and chair of its Washington, D.C. office, has been appointed to the board of advisors of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, a national, independent research center at the University of Denver dedicated to continuous improvement of the process and culture of the civil justice system. Sheila was the recipient of the inaugural Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award from the Duane Morris Women’s Initiative in 2012. She has been named one of the 50 Key Women in Energy Worldwide and received the 2011 Lifetime Achievement in Energy in Platt’s Global Energy Awards (the first attorney in private practice to receive the Platt’s Award). Sheila also was selected by the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) to receive the Paul E. Nordstrom Service Award, and was appointed chair of the Council of the American Bar Association’s Fund for Justice and Education.
Suzanne Fogarty, special counsel in the San Francisco office, received the Duane Morris Women’s Initiative’s Work-Life Balance Award. Fogarty is a trial and appellate lawyer practicing in the areas of business and technology-based litigation as well as complex insurance coverage litigation.
Duane Morris attorney Jane Dalton received the prestigious Sandra Day O’Connor Award. She was also honored by Duane Morris in recognition of her leadership and contribution to women in the profession. Ms. Dalton was honored for her distinguished career as well as her continuing efforts to advance women lawyers in the profession through leadership and mentoring. Jane was also selected to receive the Philadelphia Bar Association Business Law Section’s Dennis H. Replansky Memorial Award. Ms. Dalton, who was president of the Philadelphia Bar Association in 2007, was chosen for her legal accomplishments, charitable service, and leadership and mentoring skills. She also was quoted in an entry on The Legal Intelligencer’s blog about a panel of former Philadelphia Bar Association chancellors giving advice to women lawyers. In addition to her recent recognitions, she was honored with a Women of Distinction award, given by the Philadelphia Business Journal and the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Jane practices in the areas of employment discrimination and personnel management, unfair competition and constitutional litigation. She currently serves as vice-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Insurance Fund and Trust Fund, as well as co-chair of the PBA’s Commission on Women in the Profession and Secretary-Treasurer of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. In addition, Jane has served as Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association and chair of the Association’s Board of Governors and co-chair of its Committee on Women in the Profession
Congratulations to Sharon Caffrey for being named one of The Legal Intelligencer’s Women of the Year. The Legal’s editorial staff highlighted Caffrey among top-achieving women lawyers in Pennsylvania. Women from across the legal industry, including those who work at law firms, public interest organizations, government agencies and within the judiciary were highlighted because they “positively affect the legal profession,” and have “made a mark with their work,” according to the Legal. Caffrey is chair of the Products Liability and Toxic Torts division of Duane Morris’ Trial Practice Group, concentrating her practice in the areas of mass tort, products liability and toxic tort litigation. Caffrey also previously chaired Duane Morris’ Women’s Impact Network for Success (WINS) and co-chaired the first Lexis-Nexis conference on Advancing Women in the Profession. In addition, Caffrey is a member of Duane Morris’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Duane Morris partner Lida Rodriguez-Taseff of the firm’s Miami office has been selected to receive Business Leader magazine’s “Women Extraordinaire Award” for Miami. The award recognizes the top women business leaders in the southern United States who have demonstrated significant business achievement and community involvement. In addition to this award, she was also selected to be honored by the Miami Workers Center, an organization that develops and supports community organizing campaigns and education programs. Lida was chosen for her work mobilizing thousands of Latinos in the area during the 2008 presidential campaign.
Denyse Sabagh, head of the firm’s Immigration Practice Group, was honored with the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)’s Hala Salam Maksoud Leadership Award. Named after former ADC president and nationally recognized civil and human rights advocate Dr. Hala Salam Maksoud, the award is presented annually to a community leader who has exhibited great leadership, strength and compassion toward the concerns of the community and the mission of ADC. Denyse was also named as one of the 30 “Stars of the Bar” in Washingtonian magazine’s listing of the “top guns of the profession” in Washington, D.C. The magazine said, “Sabagh’s peers describe her as the immigration lawyer who can do it all.”
Duane Morris partner Kelly D. Eckel was admitted as a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Roster of Neutrals. The roster is an exclusive list of accomplished and respected practitioners from legal and business communities throughout the world.
Trial partner Teresa N. Cavenagh was awarded a Powerful and Influential Women award by the National Diversity Council at the 2010 Pennsylvania Diversity and Leadership Conference. At the conference, Cavenagh presented on a panel called Strategies for Professional Success. Cavenagh, who practices in the areas of commercial, class action, fraud, RICO and qui tam litigation, also presented earlier this year at the Pennsylvania Diversity Council Women in Leadership Symposium. In addition, she is a participant of the Leadership Program sponsored by the Committee on Women in the Profession of the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Mark Lipowicz, a trial partner in Philadelphia, was elected president of the board of directors of the Women Against Abuse Legal Center. Lipowicz is a longtime member of the board of directors of Women Against Abuse, which is Pennsylvania’s largest anti-domestic violence agency. Mr. Lipowicz practices in the areas of toxic tort and pharmaceutical defense as well as commercial and class action litigation. A former assistant district attorney in Philadelphia County, specializing in the prosecution of rape cases, and chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, his clients over a twenty-plus year career as a civil litigator have ranged from Fortune 10 companies to the National Association of Attorneys General.
The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly have selected Duane Morris’ Sandra G. Stoneman among the 2008 Lawyers on the Fast Track, the future leaders of the state’s legal community. A profile of Stoneman appears here. Ms. Stoneman is co-head of the firm's Life Sciences Practice Group and serves on the Philadelphia Office Inclusion Committee. Ms. Stoneman concentrates her practice in the areas of general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity and securities law, representing entrepreneurs, emerging companies, public companies and investors.
Partner Sheila Raftery Wiggins was named one of the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2008 “40 Under 40” based on her professional achievements and demonstrated leadership in the law. Ms. Wiggins is active in several community and civic organizations, including the Supreme Court District V-A Ethics Committee and The Women Advocate Committee of the American Bar Association, and is a New Jersey Court-Appointed Mediator. She served on the Board of Directors of Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, a nonprofit corporation that supports classical musicians in the New York metropolitan area.
WINS Steering Committee