WilmerHale Partners Recognized as Outstanding Women Lawyers by The National Law Journal

WilmerHale Partners Recognized as Outstanding Women Lawyers by The National Law Journal

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WilmerHale congratulates Partners Susan Murley, Jamie Gorelick and Sharon Cohen Levin for being named to The National Law Journal’s (NLJ) inaugural list of Outstanding Women Lawyers. The NLJ recently published the list of 75 of the nation’s most accomplished female attorneys who represent “excellence in private practice, corporate counsel work, public­-interest law, legal education and the judiciary.” WilmerHale had the highest representation of lawyers, among all organizations, named to the list.

The factors considered by the NLJ in selecting the Outstanding Women Lawyers included development of successful practices, attainment of professional leadership roles, performance in significant cases, influence and stature in the public sector, representation of the underserved or indigent, and demonstrated efforts to improve diversity in the profession. The NLJ published profiles of the winners in a special section of the print edition on May 4, 2015. 

The NLJ recognized WilmerHale Co-Managing Partner Susan Murley for helping “the 925-lawyer firm surpass $1 billion in annual revenue.” Additionally, the NLJ noted in Murley’s profile that the firm is “routinely recognized as among the best law firms for women, by magazines such as Working Mother, and lauded for its training and mentorship programs.” Prior to her co-managing partner role, Murley led the firm’s Transactional Department, handling more than 100 public offerings, venture capital and M&A transactions.

The NLJ described WilmerHale Partner Jamie Gorelick as “a high-level official in the US departments of Justice, Defense and Energy,” who “navigates the international arena to resolve crises for individuals and corporations in fields including finance, energy and technology.” The NLJ states, “[I]n all matters involving national security, cybersecurity, ethics or governance, leaders of companies, universities and nonprofits turn to this consummate DC litigator for advice.” Gorelick is chair of the firm’s Regulatory and Government Affairs Department, chair of the Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice, and co-chair of the Strategic Response Group.

Also selected among the NLJ’s Outstanding Women Lawyers is Sharon Cohen Levin, who recently joined the firm as a partner. Prior to her transition to WilmerHale, Levin served as chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Unit in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. The NLJ stated it was at the SDNY where Levin was “renowned for her rigorous enforcement of the law to target ill-gotten gains and return them to the victims of fraud, theft, terrorism, narcotics trafficking and other crimes.”


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