Top 250 Women in Litigation 2016

This year marks the fifth research cycle for Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation, the definitive guide to the country’s leading female litigators.  This publication’s extensive research process, which encompasses six months of investigation into the individual litigators’ professional activities as well as client feedback surveys and individual interviews, has culminated in the selection of the country’s most distinguished women in the world of litigation.  These women have earned their place amongst the nation’s leading female litigators by participating in some of the most impactful litigation matters in recent history as well as by earning the hard-won respect of their peers and clients.  Though they hail from widely different practice areas, they all share the distinction of being recognized as top players in their respective fields.

We at Benchmark Litigation would like to extend our thanks to the many talented women who made this publication possible and to all those who have assisted in our research process. 


Congratulations to all of this year’s Top 250 Women in Litigation! 

This year’s award winners are as follows:



Amy Stipe
, Gable Gotwals - Oklahoma

Anna Rotman, Kirkland & Ellis - Texas

Anne Sidrys, Kirkland & Ellis - Illinois

Alice Richey, Alexander Ricks-North Carolina

Annette Hurst, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe-California

Anita Stork, Covington & Burling-California

Alison Barnes, Robbins Russells Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber-District of Columbia

Abby Cohen Smutny, White & Case-District of Columbia

Alexandra Walsh, Wilkinson Walsh + Eskowitz - District of Columbia

Andrea Menaker, White & Case-District of Columbia

Angela Burgess, Davis Polk & Wardwell-New York

Andrea Neuman, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher-New York

Andrea Roberts Pierson, Faegre Baker Daniels - Indiana

Amelia Starr, Davis Polk & Wardwell-New York

Amy Wolf, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz- New York

Amy Ginensky, Pepper Hamilton - Pennsylvania

Ann Laupheimer, Blank Rome - Pennsylvania

Angel West, Nyemaster Goode West Hansell & O'Brien - Iowa

Anne Oldfather, Oldfather Law Firm - Kentucky

Allison Van Laningham, Turning Point Litigation - North Carolina

Angela Holt, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings - Alabama

Beth Rose, Sills Cummis - New Jersey

Bettina Strauss, Bryan Cave - Missouri

Barbara Duffy, Lane Powell - Washington

Barbara Edelman, Dinsmore & Shohl - Kentucky

Barbara Mather, Pepper Hamilton - Pennsylvania

Bindu Donovan, Sidley Austin - New York

Bettina Plevan, Proskauer Rose - New York

Rebecca Bacon, Bartlit Beck - Illinois

Beth Wilkinson, Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz - District of Columbia

Carol Elder Bruce, K&L Gates - District of Columbia

Caitlin Halligan, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher - New York

Cristina Arguedas, Arguedas Cassman and Headley - California

Claudia Higgins, Kaye Scholer - District of Columbia

Carolyn Lamm, White & Case - District of Columbia

Colleen Mahoney, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom - District of Columbia

Christine Rolph, Latham & Watkins - District of Columbia

Cheryl Scarboro, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett - District of Columbia

Caryn Jacobs, Winston & Strawn - Illinois

Celia Goldwag Barenholtz, Cooley - New York

Carmen Lawrence, King & Spalding - New York

Christa Anderson, Keker & Van Nest - California

Christine Varney, Cravath Swaine & Moore - New York

Carolyn Fairless, Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell - Colorado

Christine Azar, Labaton Sucharow - Delaware

Catherine Dearlove, Richards Layton & Finger - Delaware

Cathy Reece, Fennemore Craig - Arizona

Cari Dawson, Alston & Bird - Georgia

Chilton Varner, King & Spalding - Georgia

Catharine Biggs Arrowood, Parker Poe - North Carolina

Carolyn Walker, Stoel Rives - Oregon

Christy Jones, Butler Snow - Mississippi

Cassandra Collins, Hunton & Williams - Virginia 

Cynthia Cordes, Musch Blackwell - Missouri

Deborah Moeller, Shook Hardy & Bacon - Missouri

Donna Donati, Miller Canfield  - Michigan

Donna Phillips Currault, Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan - Louisiana

Deborah Tharnish, Davis Brown Koehn Shors & Roberts - Iowa

Diane Sullivan, Weil Gotshal & Manges - New Jersey

Dale Cendali, Kirkland & Ellis - New York

Deanne Maynard, Morrison & Foerster - District of Columbia

Dixie Johnson, King & Spalding - District of Columbia

Deborah Garza, Covington & Burling - District of Columbia

Deb Pole, Sidley Austin - California

Daralyn Durie, Durie Tangri - California

Elizabeth Cabraser, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein - California

Emily Johnson Henn, Covington & Burling - California

Emily Nicklin, Kirkland & Ellis - Illinois

Elise Bloom, Proskauer Rose - New York

Elaine Golin, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz - New York

Elizabeth "Liza" Kessler, Jones Day - Ohio

Emily Gray Rice, Bernstein Shur - New Hampshire

Enu Mainigi, Williams & Connolly - District of Columbia

Eileen McCabe, Mendes & Mount - New York

Elizabeth Sherwin, McKool Smith - New York

Frances Floriano Goins, Ulmer & Berne - Ohio

Frances Bivens, Davis Polk & Wardwell - New York

Faith Gay, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan - New York

Gail Mautner, Lane Powell - Washington

G
ayle Rosenstein Klein, McKool Smith - New York

Gigi O'Hara, Kutak Rock - Nebraska

Gwendolyn Payton, Lane Powell - Washington

Helen Maher, Boies Schiller & Flexner - New York

Heather McDevitt, White & Case - New York

Helene Jaffe, Brown Rudnick - New York

Helen Gredd, Lankler Siffert & Wohl - New York

Hillary Richard, Brune and Richard - New York

Hannah Ross, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann - New York

Hilarie Bass, Greenberg Traurig - Florida

Heidi Hubbard, Williams & Connolly - District of Columbia

Hollis Salzman, Robins Kaplan - New York

Holly House, Paul Hastings - California

Ilene Knable Gotts, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz-New York

Irene Keyse-Walker, Tucker Ellis  - Ohio

Jennifer Spaziano, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom - District of Columbia

Jan Conlin, Ciresi Conlin - Minnesota

Joan Lukey, Choate Hall & Stewart - Massachusetts

Joan McPhee, Ropes & Gray - Massachusetts

Jahna Lindemuth, Dorsey & Whitney - Alaska

Jessica Goldman, Summit Law - Washington

Jennifer Van Zant, Brooks Pierce - North Carolina

Jennifer Anderson, Modrall Sperling - New Mexico

Judy Barrasso, Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver - Louisiana

Janet Jakubowicz, Bingham Greenebaum Doll - Kentucky

Joy Spillis Lundeen, Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson - Florida

Jane Michaels, Holland & Hart - Colorado

Jennifer Voss, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom - Delaware

Jennifer Newstead, Davis Polk & Wardwell - New York

Julie North, Cravath Swaine & Moore - New York

Jane Byrne, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan - New York

Jennifer Fletcher, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan - Georgia

Jennifer Haltom Doan, Haltom & Doan - Texas

Judith Hamilton Morse, Crowe & Dunlevy - Oklahoma

K
aren Dunn, Boies Schiller & Flexner - District of Columbia

Kari Sutherland, Butler Snow - Mississippi

Katherine Turner, Williams & Connolly - District of Columbia

Kim Boyle, Phelps Dunbar - Louisiana

Kathleen Sullivan, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan - New York

Karen Wagner, Davis Polk & Wardwell - New York

Kim Catullo, Gibbons - New Jersey

Karen Frink Wolf, Verrill Dana - Maine

Karen Pelczarski, Law Office of Karen Pelczarski - Rhode Island

Kat Gallagher, Beck Reddon - Texas

Kathy Patrick, Gibbs & Bruns - Texas

Kelly Dermody, Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein - California

Karen Popp, Sidley Austin - District of Columbia

Kathi Giddings, Akerman  - Florida

Kathleen Nastri, Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder - Connecticut

Karen Patton Seymour, Sullivan & Cromwell - New York

Laura Grossfield Birger, Cooley - New York

Laurie Strauch Weiss, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe - New York

Lauren Schwartzreich, Littler Mendelson - New York

L
eah Brannon, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton - District of Columbia

Leslie John, Ballard Spahr - Pennsylvania

Linda Chatman Thomsen, Davis Polk & Wardwell - District of Columbia

Lisa Prager, Schulte Roth & Zabel - District of Columbia

Lisa Jose Fales, Venable - District of Columbia

Lynn Neuner, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett - New York

Lisa Beckerman, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld - New York

Lisa Pirozzolo, Wilmer Hale - District of Columbia

Leora Ben-Ami, Kirkland & Ellis - New York

Landis Best, Cahill Gordon & Reindel - New York

Lynne Hermle, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe - California

Linda Kornfeld, Kasowitz Benson Torres & Friedman - California

Laura Foggan, Wiley Rein - District of Columbia

Lisa Blatt, Arnold & Porter - District of Columbi

Lorelie Masters, Perkins Coie - District of Columbia

Laura Shores, Kaye Scholer - District of Columbia

Leslie Smith, Kirkland & Ellis - Illinois

Lois Baar, Holland & Hart - Utah

Louann Cutler, K&L Gates - Alaska

Leslie Packer, Ellis & Winters - North Carolina

Loretta Mince, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson - Louisiana

Lori Cohen, Greenberg Traurig - Georgia

Lea Pauley Goff, Stoll Keenon Ogden - Kentucky

Meredith "Mimi" Addy, Tabet DeVito Rothstein - Illinois

Maureen Mahoney, Latham & Watkins - District of Columbia

Margaret Warner, McDermott Will & Emery - District of Columbia

Margaret Zwisler, Latham & Watkins - District of Columbia

Mary Rose Alexander, Latham & Watkins - Illinois

Maja Eaton, Sidley Austin - Illinois

Marci Eisenstein, Schiff Hardin - Illinois

Michele Odorizzi, Mayer Brown - Illinois

Martis Alex, Labaton Sucharow - New York

Martine Beamon, Davis Polk & Wardwell - New York

Marcia Goldstein, Weil Gotshal & Manges - New York

Mary Beth Hogan, Debevoise & Plimpton - New York

Maura Monaghan, Debevoise & Plimpton - New York

Michele Hirshman, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison - New York

Maeve O'Connor, Debevoise & Plimpton - New York

Melanie Gray, Winston & Strawn - Texas

Macey Reasoner Stokes, Baker Botts - Texas

Marie Yeates, Vinson & Elkins - Texas

Michele Hangley, Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin - Pennsylvania

Mary  O'Grady, Osborn Maledon - Arizona

Mindy Barfield, Dinsmore & Shohl - Kentucky

Margaret Keane, Bingham Greenebaum Doll - Kentucky

Missy Wright, Thompson Hine - Ohio

Martha Gaythwaite, Verrill Dana - Maine

Michelle Thurber Czapski, Bodman - Michigan

Molly Hood Craig, Hood Law Firm - South Carolina

Mary Patrice Brown, O'Melveny & Myers - District of Columbia

Marinn Carlson, Sidley Austin - District of Columbia

Mary Beth Forshaw, Simpson Thatcher & Bartlett - New York

Martha Van Oot, Jackson Lewis - New Hampshire

Nina Cortell, Haynes and Boone - Texas

Nancy Turbak, Turbak Law Office - South Dakota

Natalie McSherry, Kramon & Graham - Maryland

Natalie Reid, Debevoise & Plimpton - New York

Nancy Erfle, Gordon & Rees - Oregon

Nancy Rafuse, Polsinelli - Georgia

Nancy Winkelman, Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis - Pennsylvania

Nina Gussack, Pepper Hamilton - Pennsylvania

Nancy Sher Cohen, Proskauer Rose - California

Pamela Yates, Kaye Scholer - California

Patty Eakes, Calfo Harrigan Leyh & Eakes - Washington

Pamela Bollweg, Johnson Abdallah Bollweg & Parson - South Dakota

Patricia Head Moskal, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings - Tennessee

Peggy Tomsic, Magleby & Greenwood - Utah

Patricia Rocha, Adler Pollock & Sheehan - Rhode Island

Patricia Glaser, Glaser Weil Fink Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro - California

Patricia Thayer, Sidley Austin - California

Paula Junghans, Zuckerman Spaeder - District of Columbia

Patricia Holmes, Schiff Hardin - Illinois

Penny Shane, Sullivan & Cromwell - New York

Phoebe Wilkinson, Hogan Lovells - New York

Penny Windle, Cahill Gordon & Reindel - New York

Paula Hinton, Winston & Strawn - Texas

Patricia Santelle, White and Williams - Pennsylvania

Rita Maimbourg, Tucker Ellis  - Ohio

Renee Rothauge, Markowitz Herbold Glade & Mehlhaf - Oregon

Rhonda Tobin, Robinson & Cole - Connecticut

Ronda Fisk, Osborn Maledon - Arizona

Rachel Krevans, Morrison & Foerster - California

Rachel Bien, Outten & Golden - New York

Rebecca Wiggs, Watkins & Eager - Mississippi

Robin Bergen, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton - District of Columbia

Robin Cohen, McKool Smith - New York

Rachelle Silverberg, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz - New York

S
elena Linde, Perkins Coie - District of Columbia

Susan Stone, Sidley Austin - Illinois

Sheila Birnbaum, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan - New York

Shari Brandt, Richards Kibbe & Orbe - New York

Susan Brune, Brune and Richard - New York

Susanna Buergel, Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison - New York

Sandra Goldstein, Cravath Swaine & Moore - New York

S
hannon Liss-Riordan, Lichten & Liss-Riordan - Massachusetts

Shannon Selden, Debevoise & Plimpton - New York

Sharon Nelles
, Sullivan & Cromwell - New York

Susan Davies, Kirkland & Ellis - District of Columbia

Sally Higgins, Higgins & Owens  - North Carolina

Samantha Adams, Modrall Sperling - New Mexico

Stephanie Resnick, Fox Rothschild - Pennsylvania

Susan Freeman, Lewis Roca Rothgerber - Arizona

Sara Gourley, Sidley Austin - Illinois

Sarah Chapin Columbia, McDermott Will & Emery - Massachusetts

Sharon Woods, Barris Sott Denn & Driker - Michigan

Shannon Phillips, Summit Law - Washington

Sara Brody, Sidley Austin - California

Stephanie Rippee, Watkins & Eager - Mississippi

Susi McWilliams, Nexsen Pruet - South Carolina  

Sylvia Walbolt, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt - Florida

Tara Lee, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan - District of Columbia

Tracie Renfroe, King & Spalding-Texas

Tammy Webb, Shook Hardy & Bacon - California

Theresa Canaday, Frost Brown Todd - Kentucky

Virginia Hamilton Snell, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs - Kentucky

Wendy Wildung, Faegre Baker Daniels - Minnesota

Wendy Lumish, Bowman and Brooke - Florida

Yvette Ostolaza, Sidley Austin - Texas

Yvonne Quinn, Sullivan & Cromwell - New York

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