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. 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 has been repeatedly ranked as one of the Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother, based on the firm's family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that retain women and advance them into the leadership pipeline. The firm also has been recognized twice by the San Francisco Gender Equality Principles Initiative, a public-private collaborative that aims to help organizations achieve greater gender equality. 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, Duane Morris was listed for five consecutive years 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 WomenInc. magazine, Law360, Women 3.0 magazine, Philadelphia magazine and others.
Many of our attorneys have also been honored, including:
Manita Rawat received a 2020 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award. She serves as managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office. Ms. Rawat practices primarily in the area of intellectual property law and litigation. She has a strong technical background in applied mathematics with a concentration in computer science, aerospace engineering and statistical analysis, as well as biochemistry. In 2020, Rawat was honored with a Women of Influence Award from Silicon Valley Business Journal. She is a member of the firm’s governing Partners Board and serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is a 2015 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity. This landmark program identifies, trains and advances the next generation of leaders in the legal profession.
Lisa T. Scruggs received a 2020 Cheryl Bryson Leadership Award. Ms. Scruggs provides litigation and counseling services for education and school-reform organizations, including individual charter and private schools, charter school networks, charter and education management organizations, school districts and other education nonprofit and for-profit organizations and service providers. She handles a wide range of litigation, transactions and policy matters relating to new school development, teacher evaluation, credentialing and certification reforms, public/private education ventures, virtual education, school finance, and parent and student civil rights. She has been named to Crain's Chicago Business' list of Notable Minorities in Accounting, Consulting & Law in 2019 and list of Notable Women Lawyers in 2018.
Cyndie M. Chang, managing partner of the Los Angeles office, received the 2019 Duane Morris Margery Reed Professional Excellence Award. She has been named one of the most influential women lawyers by Los Angeles Business Journal. Ms. Chang serves on the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession for 2018-2019. She was honored with the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association’s first-ever Trailblazer Award. Ms. Chang is a past president of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA), which represents the interest of more than 50,000 attorneys and over 75 national, state and local bar associations. She has been featured in The American Lawyer, Diversity Journal, Diversity Executive, the Daily Journal and other legal publications.
Cindy Yang has been named to the New York Law Journal’s inaugural list of New York Trailblazers. The list honors professionals “who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancement of their practice” and highlights “those who are sincerely innovators and thought leaders.” Ms. Yang was also named to The National Law Journal's list of “Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech Trailblazers,” which honors individuals who are “making great strides as finance and technology grow more and more entwined." Ms. Yang is a team lead of Duane Morris’ Fintech Industry Group.
Nanette Heide, partner in the New York office, is now co-chair of the firm's Private Equity Group. She is the incoming chair of the Private Equity Subcommittee of the International Bar Association’s Corporate and M&A Law Committee. In 2018 and 2019, Mergers & Acquisitions named Ms. Heide one of the Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A. Ms. Heide is also co-founder of Exponent Women, a new platform for women finance professionals to exchange ideas, information and introductions.
Hope P. Krebs, partner and co-chair of the International Practice Group, has been named one of Philadelphia Business Journal's "Best of the Bar." Ms. Krebs is recognized for her significant and recent achievements in the area of tax. Ms. Krebs is the first woman to be appointed chair of Multilaw, the Multinational Association of Independent Law Firms, and sits on the Management Committee of this legal network with 9,000 members in more than 150 commercial centers around the world.
Robin McGrath has been named to National Law Journal’s list of “Cryptocurrency, Blockchain and FinTech Trailblazers.” The inaugural list honors individuals who are “making great strides as finance and technology grow more and more entwined" and “facilitating these new technologies and digital currencies.” The publication writes: “Leveraging her experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in patent and technology disputes, Ms. McGrath has worked with fintech companies focusing on ways to protect and enforce their technology assets.” Ms. McGrath is co-head of Duane Morris’ Financial Technology practice.
Rosanne Ciambrone, partner in the Chicago office, has been named to Crain’s Custom Media list of Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018. Recipients were nominated by colleagues and represent the women lawyers in Chicago who have made significant contributions to their industry over the last year. Nominees were selected for their ability to effect change in their role and area of practice, mentorship to other women attorneys and leadership roles outside of the candidates’ own organizations. Ms. Ciambrone practices in the area of business reorganization, financial restructuring, bankruptcy law and commercial litigation. She represents both borrowers and lenders in all facets of bankruptcy as well as in and out-of-court restructurings. She is a member of the International Women’s Insolvency Restructuring Confederation, the Justinian Society and the National Association of Women Lawyers.
Chicago partner Patricia S. Hofstra has been named to Crain’s Custom Media list of Chicago’s Notable Women Lawyers 2018. Recipients were nominated by colleagues and represent the women lawyers in Chicago who have made significant contributions to their industry over the last year. Nominees were selected for their ability to effect change in their role and area of practice, mentorship to other women attorneys and leadership roles outside of the candidates’ own organizations. Ms. Hofstra represents a broad range of healthcare clients, helping them with day-to-day legal issues, including corporate matters, mergers, transactions and regulatory compliance. She has mentored women healthcare attorneys through the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, an organization she has been active with for over 30 years and is a past president.
Eve I. Klein is now chair of Duane Morris’ Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group. She was also named to Crain’s inaugural list of “Leading Women Lawyers in New York City,” which recognizes women for distinguished careers and exceptional civic and philanthropic activities. Ms. Klein has extensive experience advising clients about their rights and obligations regarding employment laws and regulation, labor relations and collective bargaining issues under the National Labor Relations Act, and litigation.
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.
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.
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.
WINS Steering Committee