CHICAGO (November 2, 2011) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP is delighted to announce that four of its lawyers have recently been named to two prestigious national lists honoring leading lawyers under 40 years of age.
In this week’s edition of The National Law Journal, McDermott Health partner Esther Chang and Trial associate Amandeep Sidhu are listed among the “Minority 40 Under 40,” which recognizes lawyers who have “wielded national influence in their practice area and… used the law to effect big change.” Chang was recognized as a “leading transactional attorney and an expert in health care fraud and privacy issues.” The publication highlighted her work for McDermott clients as well as her extensive pro bono efforts for the International Justice Mission and Oasis of Hollywood to combat human trafficking in Mumbai, India, and Los Angeles, respectively.
For his part, Sidhu was honored for his “reputation as a strong litigator with a solid commitment to pro bono cases,” notably including his status as one of the founding members of The Sikh Coalition, for which he has worked tirelessly to combat discrimination against Sikhs following the tragedies of 9/11. His many accomplishments include several landmark pro bono cases which have achieved accommodation for Firm clients and allowed them to serve in the U.S. Army with their Sikh articles of faith, including turbans and beards.
Also recently, Employee Benefits partner Jonathan Boyles and Trial associate Neal Minahan were named among the National LGBT Bar Association’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40,” an honor given to distinguished lawyers demonstrating a profound commitment to LGBT equality. Both Boyles and Minahan were recognized at this year’s Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair in Los Angeles. In addition to his active employee benefits practice, Boyles was instrumental in establishing the Firm’s Safe Haven-award winning LGBT asylum program. He has also worked on numerous LGBT asylum cases involving clients from nations including Egypt, Iraq, Russia and Tajikistan. While maintaining a busy trial and white collar practice, Minahan has successfully prosecuted a series of pro bono cases that have significantly advanced the civil rights of LGBT and institutionalized persons in Massachusetts.
“We are extremely proud of what Esther, Amandeep, Jonathan and Neal have all achieved – both inside and outside the court room – at such an early stage in their careers,” said Jeffrey E. Stone, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery, based in Chicago. "All have been powerful advocates for their clients as well as for those who might otherwise not be heard in our legal system, and together they exemplify fundamental core values for McDermott.”
“It is always gratifying when one of our lawyers is recognized for their excellence and commitment to public service,” observed Peter J. Sacripanti, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery, based in New York. “Today, it’s our pleasure to recognize four such outstanding individuals at the Firm. Their work reminds us once again just how essential diversity and pro bono counseling are to this Firm and its clients. We are proud to call them our colleagues.”
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