NEW YORK (February 6, 2012) — McDermott Will & Emery LLP is pleased to announce that partner Carlyn S. McCaffrey was named “Wealth Management Lawyer of the Year” at the Chambers USA Women in Law Awards 2012. The Awards honor the outstanding female stars of the U.S. legal community across multiple categories.
As a strong proponent of promoting diversity, inclusion and gender equality throughout the legal profession, McDermott is proud to have had a total of five female partners nominated in their respective categories. This year’s McDermott finalists included Boston-based partner Heather Egan Sussman for “Up & Coming Employment Lawyer of the Year,” Chicago-based partner Helen R. Friedli for “Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year,” and New York-based Amy E. Heller and Silicon Valley-based Julie K. Kwon for “Up & Coming Wealth Management Lawyer of the Year.” This year’s awards were the first ever “Women in Law Awards” for Chambers, and were recently presented on February 2, 2012 in New York City.
At McDermott, diversity and inclusion means more than differences in gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation and identity. It embraces a breadth of ideas, experiences and perspectives to truly create and sustain an innovative culture that is growing with the world in which we live.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Carlyn and the entire group of McDermott finalists who were nominated for these prestigious awards,” said Peter J. Sacripanti, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery, based in New York, after attending the event. “It has always been McDermott’s philosophy that greater diversity in the workplace leads to greater ideas and superior client results. We wouldn’t be where we are today if not for the commitment of our lawyers to promoting gender diversity throughout our Firm, and the legal profession.”
“It is extremely gratifying to see both our established and young, upcoming partners honored among such a distinguished group," added Jeffrey E. Stone, co-chair of McDermott Will & Emery, based in Chicago, who also attended the event. "This was a very high caliber competition and we are impressed with the many, varied accomplishments of all of the McDermott nominees. We encourage all of our lawyers to be highly active in their respective legal communities.”
McDermott’s commitment to diversity is founded on the belief that diversity and inclusion is necessary to achieve excellence in all aspects of client service. The Firm is committed to a culture that values and nurtures diversity and inclusion, and appreciates its importance in attracting and retaining exceptional talent. To meet this commitment, McDermott has established diversity programs and practices which have helped the Firm to encourage a breadth of ideas, experiences, perspectives and insights that are necessary to meet the challenges of today's global economy.
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McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Paris, Rome, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.