Michael Mugmon Receives Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

Michael Mugmon Receives Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing


Michael Mugmon, counsel in WilmerHale’s Palo Alto office, has received a 2011 Burton Award for Legal Writing from the Burton Foundation for his article on public companies’ disclosure of material environmental risks. The article, “Seeing Green,” originally appeared in The Deal magazine in June 2010.

The Burton Foundation was established in 1999 and recognizes effective legal writing and the use of clear, concise language. Mugmon’s article was selected from among nominations made by the deans of major US law schools and managing partners from the largest US law firms.

Mugmon received his award at the 2011 Burton Awards program held on June 13 at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. The program, which was co-hosted by the Library of Congress and the Burton Foundation, featured US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as the guest speaker.

"The Securities Department is pleased and proud that Michael won this award," said Douglas Davison, vice chair of WilmerHale's Securities Department. "This award is tangible recognition of Michael's excellent legal writing skills and his real interest in emerging issues in securities law and scholarship."

Among the awards presented during the program were the 2011 Book of the Year in Law Award to US Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer and the Reform in Law Award to Judge Lee H. Rosenthal of the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Read “Seeing Green” by Michael Mugmon.