Ms. Kramer received the Founder’s Award yesterday afternoon at a luncheon in Chicago that was attended by many leaders of the Chicago Bar, as well as many members of the Firm who were in attendance to support her.
"On behalf of the Firm, we congratulate Andie on this remarkable and richly-deserved recognition,” said McDermott co-chair Jeffrey E. Stone. “Andie has devoted herself heart and soul to her clients, to McDermott and to the broader Chicago community. She has promoted gender diversity and the advancement of women here at the Firm and throughout the professional services industry."
“We are very fortunate to have someone like Andie, who is nationally recognized as a leader in the legal community, be recognized in this way,” added Peter Sacripanti, McDermott co-chair based in New York. “It is the result of many years of hard work, ceaseless effort, and the courage to speak out and to lead on difficult issues. We are a better Firm and a better profession because of Andie’s leadership.”
Ms. Kramer focuses her legal practice on the world of derivative financial products - their taxation, management, trading, regulation and documentation - as well as energy and commodity trading, contract negotiation, dispute resolution, and implementation of the Dodd-Frank legislative changes to the over-the-counter derivatives markets. She is a member of McDermott’s U.S. & International Tax Practice Group and head of the Firm’s Financial Products, Trading and Derivatives Group, and is a member of its Global Renewable Energy, Emissions and New Products Group and its International Dispute Avoidance and Resolution Group. Ms. Kramer previously served on the Firm's Management Committee and Compensation Committee.
Among her many leadership roles at the Firm, Ms. Kramer was the founding Chair of the Gender Diversity Committee, which develops policies and initiatives to ensure the value of a diverse firm; to formalize the Firm’s commitment to acceptance of gender differences; and to hire, promote and retain the most talented lawyers regardless of gender. She is a member of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and chairs the Gender Diversity Subcommittee. She has spoken at more than 30 national diversity conferences, trade association meetings, and professional service firms on the importance of assuring women equal access to career opportunities and leadership roles.
Ms. Kramer has a varied and distinguished record of community outreach as well. Among these, she co-founded and chairs the Board of the Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Alliance to bring professional women together to mentor and support leadership opportunities for professional women. Ms. Kramer is also founding board member and chair emeritus of the board of The Women’s Treatment Center (TWTC), a Chicago-based residential and outpatient treatment facility for alcohol and substance abuse. In 2012, she was awarded the ABA Business Law Section’s National Public Service Award in recognition of her significant and sustained pro bono commitment and legal counsel to TWTC. Ms. Kramer is also Chair of the Board of the Chicago Foundation for Women, one of the largest women’s funds in the world.
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