Business Editions Women of Influence

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2017 Award Winners

“Leslee is an outstanding lawyer who started her own firm and has assumed many leadership positions with organizations in Chicago. She is an inspiration to those who work with her.”

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As the first recipient of the Chicago Bar Association’s Alta May Hulett Award, Grayson has “championed the importance of women in the legal profession.”

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As Locke Lord’s managing partner of the Chicago office, Jennifer “lead[s] by inclusion” and “is a go-getter in every sense.”

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“My proudest moments have been the work that I have done in giving back to my community by advancing the rights of women via my pro bono work or within my firms.”

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“In March, 2015, Ms. McLean was included in SAVOY Magazine’s 2015 List of Most Influential Black Attorneys in the U.S.”

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“Liz is widely regarded as one of the top media lawyers/litigators in the country, and she has an impressive list of clients, cases, and victories to show for it.”

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“Katherine is a talented attorney who has represented multinational companies in high-stakes intellectual property litigation and commercial disputes, with a proven record of success.”

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“Margo provides counsel to our company on employment matters. She is highly responsive and provides very practical advice to support our business initiatives.”

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“Marcia represents clients in all aspects of commercial real estate, including development, acquisition and disposition, financing, leasing, and restructuring. ... She determine[s] a unique structure for each transaction to serve her clients’ particular needs.”

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“Meredith is a fantastic attorney and a leader in the legal community. She has great business sense and leads her company extremely well in the legal area.”

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“A business litigator with extensive state and federal regulatory and litigation experience.”

“Christina is a fantastic lawyer and leader in the legal community. ... Incredibly bright and charismatic. ... the perfect first president of the Coalition in New York.”

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“Undoubtedly, my biggest mentor and role model was my mother.”

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2017 Nominees

  • Accenture
  • Maria A. Maras
  • Courtney Holohan
  • Accenture Legal Group
  • Courtney Holohan
  • Advanced Disposal Services, Inc.
  • Melissa Bachhuber
  • Alliant Credit Union
  • Meredith Ritchie
  • Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP
  • Katherine Minarik
  • Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP
  • Kathryn Homburger Mickelson
  • C.A. Goldberg, PLLC
  • Carrie A. Goldberg
  • CBS Corporation
  • Naomi Waltman
  • Chicago Public Media
  • Cynthia Abbott
  • CNH Industrial
  • Sepideh Esmaili Smith
  • Cohen Milstein
  • Carol Gilden
  • Commonwealth Edison Company
  • Veronica Gomez
  • Condon & Forsyth LLP
  • Katherine Posner
  • Diana Gurfel Shapiro
  • Jane M. Sigda
  • Chuhak & Tecson, P.C.
  • Kristen Hudson
  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
  • Laura Sack
  • Portia Moore
  • Elizabeth McNamara
  • Equity Residential
  • Susan Zumph
  • Falkenberg Fieweger & Ives LLP
  • Kirstin Ives
  • FisherBroyles, LLP
  • Amy Epstein Gluck
  • Christina Bost Seaton
  • Fox Swibel Levin & Carroll LLP
  • Jill Ann Coleman
  • Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP
  • Rebecca van Uitert
  • Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Elizabeth Fegan
  • Jeannie Evans
  • Hamilton Thies and Lorch
  • Marcia Owens
  • Harris Winick Harris LLP
  • Marisa Perry
  • Hershman Cohen LLC
  • Leslee Cohen
  • Hinsdale High School
  • Mary Kay Kelly
  • Hotel Tonight
  • Karen Klein
  • Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Natalie Scruton Federle
  • Jenner & Block
  • E. Lynn Grayson
  • Sara Tonnies Horton
  • Jennifer Senior
  • Precious Jacobs
  • Jill M. Hutchison
  • Jones Day
  • Irene Fiorentinos
  • Kathryn L. Dore
  • Tina M. Tabacchi
  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
  • Dawn Canty
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Amanda Hollis
  • Erica Zolner
  • Leason Ellis LLP
  • Karin Segall
  • Locke Lord LLP
  • Jennifer Kenedy
  • Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
  • Julianne Hartzell
  • Mayer Brown
  • Nancy Ross
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Andie Kramer
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • Katie Rak
  • Amy Manning
  • Navigant Consulting, Inc.
  • Monica Weed
  • Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
  • Sonya Rosenberg
  • New York Public Library
  • Michele Coleman Mayes
  • Northwestern University
  • Thalia Myrianthopoulos
  • Ogletree Deakins
  • Anne E. Larson
  • Otterbourg P.C.
  • Nneoma Maduike
  • Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson LLP
  • Ashly Boesche
  • Laura Coruzzi
  • Robertson Lowstuter, Inc.
  • Kathryn Hartrick
  • Scharf Banks Marmor LLC
  • Corinne Heggie
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Lorie Almon
  • Cynthia Mitchell
  • Stahl Cowen Crowley Addis LLC
  • Megan L. Mathias
  • Strategic Leasing Law Group, LLP
  • Ellen Friedler
  • Time Inc.
  • Rhonda Joy McLean
  • Troutman Sanders LLP
  • Aurora Cassirer
  • Valorem Law Group
  • Nicole Nehama Auerbach
  • Vedder Price
  • Margo Wolf O’Donnell
  • Virginia & Ambinder, LLP
  • LaDonna Lusher
  • Walgreen Co.
  • Kim Metrick