Women in Business Law Awards - Americas

SHORTLIST 2021

We are proud to announce the 2021 finalists for the Women in Business Law awards. The shortlists below showcase the lawyers from across a spectrum of practice areas, jurisdictions and sectors are represented on the shortlist. International firms and national practices provide a snapshot of the most advanced teams working in the legal profession.

SHORTLIST 2021

Firm awards

Practice area awards

Rising star awards

Latin America awards

Jurisdiction awards

Firm awards

Diversity Initiative-

Latin America

Barbosa, Müssnich & Aragão
Estudio Echecopar
Marval O'Farrell Mairal
Mattos Filho
TozziniFreire
Trench Rossi Watanabe

 

Diversity Initiative-

North America

Bracewell
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fenwick & West
Fish & Richardson
Smart & Biggar
Thompson Hine

Diversity Initiative-

International Firm

Baker McKenzie
Dechert
Holland & Knight
Morgan Lewis
Morrison & Foerster
Ropes & Gray
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

Gender Diversity Initiative -

Latin America

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
BLP Legal
Dumont
Estudio Echecopar
Marval O'Farrell Mairal
MattosFilho       
Trench Rossi Watanabe

Gender Diversity Initiative-

North America

 

Campbell Conroy & O'Neil
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fenwick & West
Labaton Sucharow
Smart & Biggar

Gender Diversity Initiative–

International Firm

Baker McKenzie
Holland & Knight
Morgan Lewis
Morrison & Foerster
Norton Rose Fulbright
Ropes & Gray

Mentoring Programme -

Latin America

BLP Legal
Cervieri Monsuárez
Estudio Echecopar
Martinelli Advogados
Marval O'Farrell Mairal
MattosFilho
TozziniFreire

Mentoring Programme -

North America

Bracewell
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Fenwick & West
Fish & Richardson
Smart & Biggar

Mentoring Programme -

International Firm

Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Morgan Lewis
Morrison & Foerster
Norton Rose Fulbright
Ropes & Gray
Squire Patton Boggs
White & Case

Work-Life Balance –

Latin America

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
BLP Legal
Estudio Echecopar
Guyer & Regules
Marval O'Farrell Mairal
MattosFilho
Trench Rossi Watanabe

Work-Life Balance –

North America

Akin Gump
Bracewell
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fenwick & West
Fish & Richardson
Smart & Biggar
Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks

Work-Life Balance – International Firm

Baker McKenzie
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Greenberg Traurig
Morgan Lewis
Morrison & Foerster
Ropes & Gray
Squire Patton Boggs
White & Case

Pro Bono -

Latin America

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Demarest
Estudio Echecopar
Marval O'Farrell Mairal
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
TozziniFreire
Trench Rossi Watanabe

Pro Bono -

North America

Bracewell
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fenwick & West
Fish & Richardson
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Thompson Hine
Walden Macht & Haran

Pro Bono -

International Firm

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Dechert
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Greenberg Traurig
Morgan Lewis
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

Talent Management -

Latin America

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
BLP Legal
Estudio Echecopar
Guyer & Regules
Martinelli Advogados
TozziniFreire
Trench Rossi Watanabe

Talent Management -

North America

Bracewell
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Campbell Conroy & O'Neil
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fish & Richardson
Labaton Sucharow
Smart & Biggar

Talent Management - International Firm

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Greenberg Traurig
Holland & Knight
Morgan Lewis
Squire Patton Boggs
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

Women in Business Law -

Latin America

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Dumont
Estudio Echecopar
Marval O'Farrell Mairal
MattosFilho
TozziniFreire
Trench Rossi Watanabe

Women in Business Law -

North America

Bracewell
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft 
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Fish & Richardson
Labaton Sucharow
McDermott Will & Emery
Thompson Hine

Women in Business Law -

International Firm

Akin Gump
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Greenberg Traurig
Holland & Knight
Morrison & Foerster
Ropes & Gray
Squire Patton Boggs
White & Case

Latin America practice -

International Firm

Cervieri Monsuárez
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Ferrere
Greenberg Traurig
Holland & Knight
Milbank
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Innovative -

International Firm

Akin Gump
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Morrison & Foerster
Sullivan & Cromwell
Weil Gotshal & Manges

Practice area awards

Rising star awards

Latin America awards

Jurisdiction awards

Firm awards

Practice area awards

Antitrust and Competition Lawyer of the Year

Teisha johnson, Baker McKenzie
Elaine Ewing, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Teresa Tovar, Estudio Echecopar
Verónica Franco, Ferrere
Rachel Brass, Gibson Dunn
Robin van der Meulen, Labaton Sucharow
Bonnie Lau, Morrison & Foerster
Lisa Phelan, Morrison & Foerster
Carrie Mahan, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Aviation Lawyer of the Year

Jennifer Trock, Baker McKenzie
Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Karla Aguilar, BLP Legal
Kathleen Guilfoyle, Campbell Conroy & O'Neil
Anita Mosner, Holland & Knight
Anna Andreeva, White & Case

Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year

María Inés Arenales, BLP Legal  
Amy Shapiro, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Cindy Davis, Greenberg Traurig
Jennifer St John Yount, Paul Hastings
Rebecca Simmons, Sullivan & Cromwell
Heather Viets, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Sherri Snelson, White & Case

Debt Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year

Camila Goldberg, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Cristy Edwards, Bracewell
Hillary Holmes, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Anna Pinedo, Mayer Brown
Jennifer Carlson, Mayer Brown
Tracey Zacone, Paul Weiss
Risë Norman, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Equity Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year

Carol Stubblefield, Baker McKenzie
Camila Goldberg, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Deanna Kirkpatrick, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Vanessa Fiusa, MattosFilho Advogados
Anna Pinedo, Mayer Brown
Jennifer Carlson, Mayer Brown
Era Anagnosti, White & Case

Commercial Arbitration Lawyer of the Year

Claudia Benavides, Baker McKenzie
Camila Goldberg, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Maria del Carmen Tovar, Estudio Echecopar
Erika Birg, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Miriam Harwood, Squire Patton Boggs
Ank Santens, White & Case

Copyright Lawyer of the Year

 

Antonella Carminatti, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Giselle Reuben, BLP Legal
Lynda Zadra-Symes, Knobbe
Susan Natland, Knobbe
Iris Quadrio, Marval O'Farrel Mairal
Gina Shishima, Norton Rose Fulbright

Corporate Governance Lawyer of the Year

Kerry Berchem, Akin Gump
Clare Montgomery, Baker McKenzie
Helene Banks, Cahill Gordon & Reindel
Francesca Odell, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Melissa Sawyer, Sullivan & Cromwell
Maia Gez, White & Case
Michelle Rutta, White & Case

Energy, Natural Resources & Mining Lawyer of the Year

Karla Aguilar, BLP Legal
Danielle Varnell, Bracewell
Ines Vazquez, Estudio Echecopar
Beatriz Spiess, Guyer & Regules
Joanne Katsantonis, McGuireWoods
Jeannine Acevedo, White & Case
Ipek Candan Snyder, White & Case

Environment Lawyer of the Year

Debra Jezouit, Baker Botts
Debra Tsuchiyama Baker, Baker Wotring
Karla Aguilar, BLP Legal
Paunlina Riquelme Pallamar, Eelaw
Natalie Mullins, Gowling WLG
Jillian Kirn, Greenberg Traurig
Priscilla Santos Artigas, Milaré Advogados
Bianca Bilton Signorini Antacli, TozziniFreire

Financial Regulation Lawyer of the Year

Barbara Stettner, Allen & Overy
Jennifer Klass, Baker McKenzie
Katherine Mooney Carroll, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Jai Massari, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Dana Fleischman, Latham & Watkins
Cecilia Mairal, Marval O'Farrel Mairal
Barbara Mendelson, Morrison & Foerster
Rebecca Simmons, Sullivan & Cromwell

Best in Insurance & Reinsurance

María Inés Arenales, BLP Legal
Robin Cohen, Cohen Ziffer Frenchman & McKenna
Christine Haskett, Covington & Burling
Laura Foggan, Crowell & Moring
Marcia Cicarelli, Demarest
Dorothea Regal, Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney
Lorelie Masters, Hunton Andrews Kurth
Sarah Gordon, Steptoe & Johnson

Investment Funds Lawyer of the Year

Jane Goldman Nusbaum, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
María Inés Arenales, BLP Legal
Elizabeth Lenas, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Nadia Sager, Latham & Watkins
Leigh Fraser, Ropes & Gray
Isabel Dische, Ropes & Gray
Mara Topping, White & Case

Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year

Susan Eandi, Baker McKenzie    
Amy Karff Halevy, Bracewell
Monica Pizarro, Estudio Echecopar
Marysol Estrgarribia, Ferrere
Catherine Conway, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Natasha Wilson, Greenberg Traurig
Tritia Murata, Morrison & Foerster
Michelle Johnson, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Liza Velazquez, Paul Weiss

Life Sciences Lawyer of the Year

Vanina Caniza, Baker McKenzie
Deanna Kirkpatrick, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Lori Cohen, Greenberg Traurig
Judy Mohr, PhD, McDermott Will & Emery
Vernessa Pollard, McDermott Will & Emery
Deborah Gersh, Ropes & Gray
Urszula Wojtyra, Smart & Biggar

Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Claudia Benavides, Baker McKenzie
Frances Bivens, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Ana Maria Arrarte, Estudio Echecopar
Theane Evangelis, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Karen Dunn, Paul Weiss
Joan McPhee, Ropes & Gray
Lynn Neuner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Stacy Nettleton, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Tara Lee, White & Case

Media & Entertainment Lawyer of the Year

Hilary Goldstein, Buchli Goldstein
Carolyn Stamegna, Goodmans
Susan Abramovitch, Gowling WLG
Lynda Zadra-Symes, Knobbe
Susan Williams, Paul Hastings
Randi Singer, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Mergers & Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year

Adriana Castro, BLP Legal
Kimberly Petillo-Décossard, Cahill Gordon & Reindel 
Kimberly Spoerri, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Jenny Hochenberg, Cravath Swaine & Moore
Barbara Becker, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Corina Bove, Guyer & Regules
Jane Goldstein, Ropes & Gray
Anna Mello, Trench Rossi Watanabe
Tali Sealman, White & Case

Patent Lawyer of the Year

Kamleh Nicola, Baker McKenzie
Marina Hurtado, Baker McKenzie            
Saina Shamilov, Fenwick & West
Melissa Hunter-Ensor, Greenberg Traurig
Ching-Lee Fukuda, Sidley Austin
Yoon Kang, Smart & Biggar
Urszula Wojtyra, Smart & Biggar
Anne Cappella, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Private Equity Lawyer of the Year

Alice Hsu, Orrick
Hillary Holmes, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Amber Walsh, McGuireWoods
Amanda Morrison, Ropes & Gray
Rita-Anne O'Neill, Sullivan & Cromwell
Germaine Gurr, White & Case

Product Liability Lawyer of the Year

Pamela Yates, Arnold & Porter
Kimberly Branscome, Dechert   
Sara K Thompson, Greenberg Traurig
Erin Bosman, Morrison & Foerster
Maja Eaton, Sidley Austin
Suhana Han, Sullivan & Cromwell

Real Estate Lawyer of the Year

Anastasia Herasimovich, Baker McKenzie
Andrea Gonzalez, BLP Legal
Bonnie Neuman, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Beatriz Spiess, Guyer & Regules
Vivian de las Cuevas-Diaz, Holland & Knight
Jo Thacker, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Bavia Bisetty, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Krista Miniutti, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyer of the Year

Sarah Link Schultz, Akin Gump
Naomi Moss, Akin Gump
Debra Dandeneau, Baker McKenzie
Lisa Schweitzer, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Shari L Heyen, Greenberg Traurig
Alice Belisle Eaton, Paul Weiss
Cristine Pirro Schwarzman, Ropes & Gray
Jessica Lauria (nee Boelter), White & Case

Structured Finance Lawyer of the Year

Yan Zhang, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Laura Swihart, Dechert 
Sylvie A Durham, Greenberg Traurig
Anna Pinedo, Mayer Brown
Elizabeth Devine, White & Case

Tax Lawyer of the Year

Susan Ryba, Baker McKenzie      
Vivian Casanova, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Victoria N Ozimek, Bracewell
Lucy Farr, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Julia Ushakova-Stein, Fenwick & West
Isabel Laventure, Ferrere
Andrea Darling de Cortes, Holland & Knight
Jane May, McDermott Will & Emery
Kim Marie Boylan, White & Case

Tax Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Susan Ryba, Baker McKenzie      
Vivian Casanova, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Lilian López, BLP Legal
Julia Ushakova-Stein, Fenwick & West
Catalina Hoyos, GodoyHoyos Goh
Kim Marie Boylan, White & Case

Technology Lawyer of the Year

Jennifer Richter, Akin Gump
Joyce Smith, Baker McKenzie
Marcela Robledo, Baker McKenzie          
Ashlie Beringer, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Mary-Olga Lovett, Greenberg Traurig
Tessa Schwartz, Morrison & Foerster
Lori Lesser, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Arlene Arin Hah, White & Case

Trademark Lawyer of the Year

Stephanie Vaccari, Baker McKenzie        
Giselle Reuben, BLP Legal
Lynda Zadra-Symes, Knobbe
Susan Natland, Knobbe
Iris Quadrio, Marval O'Farrel Mairal
Christina (Tina) L Martini, McDermott Will & Emery
Jessica Lynn Falk, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Christina Licursi, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks

Transfer Pricing Lawyer of the Year

Jacqueline Doonan, Deloitte Tax
Susan Fickling-Munge, Duff & Phelps
Larissa Neumann, Fenwick & West
Michelle Sledz, KPMG
Clarissa Gianetti Machado, Trench Rossi Watanabe
Kim Marie Boylan, White & Case

Wealth Management Lawyer of the Year

Shari Levitan, Holland & Knight
Nicole Najjar Prado de Oliveira, Mattos Filho Advogados
Sarah Davidoff, Ropes & Gray
Leigh Fraser, Ropes & Gray
Kerry O'Rourke Perri, White & Case

White Collar Crime Lawyer of the Year

Jodi Avergun, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Lisa Vicens, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Martine Beamon, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Debra Wong Yang, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Carrie Cohen, Morrison & Foerster
Jessica Carey, Paul Weiss
Sarah Coyne, Weil Gotshal & Manges

Rising star awards

Latin America awards

Jurisdiction awards

Firm awards

Practice area awards

Rising star awards

Corporate

Cheryl Chan, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Alejandra Garcia, Ferrere
Maria Noel Riotorto, Guyer & Regules
 María Laura Bolatti Cristofaro, Marval O'Farrell Mairal
Jenaé Moxie
Victoria Forrester, Paul Weiss
Mariel Cruz, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Mariel Martínez Zárate, White & Case

Finance

Alcy Martínez, BLP Legal
Natasha Tsiouris, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Roshni Banker Cariello, Davis Polk & Wardwell
Claudia Arietti, Ferrere
April Kim, Greenberg Traurig
Laura Lewis, Holland & Knight
Crystal Kaldjob, Morrison & Foerster
Nicole Rodger, White & Case

IP

Yuliana Salamanca, Baker McKenzie
Anel Aguilar, BLP Legal
Lilian Ghitnick Arcalji, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Ariadna Galvez, Dumont
Stella Weng, Ferrere
Alexia Bedat, Klaris Law
Kamilah Holder, Pryor Cashman
Noelle Engle-Hardy, Smart & Biggar

Litigation

Brittany Pemberton, Bracewell
Angela Liu, Dechert
Ilissa Samplin, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Cecilia Orlando, Guyer & Regules
Helene Hechtkopf, Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney
Melissa Nafash, Labaton Sucharow
Lauren Navarro, Morrison & Foerster
Avni Patel, Walden Macht & Haran
Kathryn Mims, White & Case

Tax

Letícia Pelisson, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Cristina de la Piedra, Estudio Echecopar
Constanza Eva Ferreyra Fernández, Marval O'Farrell Mairal
Graham Magil, Weil Gotshal & Manges
Narissa Lyngen, White & Case

Latin America awards

Jurisdiction awards

Firm awards

Practice area awards

Rising star awards

Latin America awards

Corporate Lawyer of the Year

Vanina Caniza, Baker McKenzie
María Inés Arenales, BLP Legal
Luciana Tornovsky, Demarest
Geraldine Ifrán, Ferrere
Claudia Barrero, Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Anna Mello, Trench Rossi Watanabe

Finance Lawyer of the Year

Carolina Duque, Baker McKenzie             
Vivian Liberman, BLP Legal
Marcia Cicarelli, Demarest
Verónica Franco, Ferrere
Florencia Castagnola, Guyer & Regules

IP Lawyer of the Year

Marina Hurtado, Baker McKenzie
Giselle Reuben, BLP Legal
Antonella Carminatti, Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Laura Collada, Dumont
Iris V Quadrio, Marval O'Farrel Mairal

Litigation Lawyer of the Year

Claudia Benavides, Baker McKenzie
Cristina Mejia, Baker McKenzie
Lilian López, BLP Legal
Ana Maria Arrarte, Estudio Echecopar
Silvia Marchili, White & Case

Tax Lawyer of the Year

Vittoria Di Gioacchino, BLP Legal
Lilian López, BLP Legal
Priscila Faricelli, Demarest
Isabel Laventure, Ferrere
Catalina Hoyos, GodoyHoyos Goh

Jurisdiction awards

Firm awards

Practice area awards

Rising star awards

Latin America awards

Jurisdiction awards

Argentina

Allende & Brea
Baker McKenzie
Beccar Varela
Marval O'Farrel Mairal
Nicholson y Cano Abogados
Zang Bergel & Vines Abogados

Brazil

Barbosa Müssnich Aragão
Demarest
Martinelli Advogados
MattosFilho
TozziniFreire Advogados
Trench Rossi Watanabe
White & Case

Canada

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Goodmans
Gowling WLG
McCarthy Tétrault
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Smart & Biggar
Torys

Caribbean

Maples Group
Marshall Diel & Myers
Squire Patton Boggs
Walkers

Central America

Arias
BLP Legal
Central Law
Nassar Abogados

Chile

Carey
Correa Squella
FerradaNehme

Colombia

Baker McKenzie
GodoyHoyos Goh
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría

Ecuador

Ferrere
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce Abogados
Romero Arteta Ponce Abogados

Mexico

Dumont
Galicia Abogados
Greenberg Traurig
White & Case

Panama

Arias
Central Law
Galindo Arias & López
Morgan & Morgan

Peru

Estudio Echecopar
Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría
Rodrigo Elías & Medrano

Uruguay

Cervieri Monsuárez
Ferrere
Guyer & Regules

US – Midwest

Fish & Richardson
Greenberg Traurig
Holland & Knight
McDermott Will Emery
Norton Rose Fulbright
Ropes & Gray
Squire Patton Boggs
Thompson Hine
White & Case

US – North East

Akin Gump
Bracewell
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Campbell Conroy & O'Neil
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Davis Polk & Wardwell
Dechert
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher
Morrison & Foerster
Weil Gotshal & Manges

US – West

Akin Gump
Bracewell
Fenwick & West
Holland & Knight
Morrison & Foerster
Paul Hastings
Ropes & Gray
Squire Patton Boggs
Sullivan & Cromwell
White & Case

US – South

Akin Gump
Bracewell
Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft
Fish & Richardson
Holland & Knight
McDermott Will Emery
Norton Rose Fulbright
Pryor Cashman
Squire Patton Boggs