Top 250 Women in Litigation




2018 EDITION


The extensive research process used in the creation of Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation 2018 involves six months of investigation into individual litigators’ professional activities as well as client feedback surveys and one-on-one interviews, and has culminated in the selection of the most distinguished women in the world of litigation. These women have earned their place amongst the 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.

Attorneys named in the publication were chosen through several phases of research: review of their recent case work, consideration how attorneys at peer legal institutions might rank them, and client feedback on their performances.

The Top 250 Women in Litigation (US), Top 25 Women in Litigation: Canada; Top 25 Women in Litigation: Latin America for 2018 as decided by the Benchmark Litigation research staff can be found on the regional links below, with hyperlinks to individual press releases for our featured honorees who provided profiles for the online and print versions.

Congratulations to all of the honorees!



TOP 10 FEMALE LITIGATORS
The partners below were recipients of the most robust and vocal "best-in-class" nominations through Benchmark`s 2018 research cycle.

Beth Wilkinson Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz
Dale Cendali Kirkland
Elizabeth Cabraser Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein
Heidi Hubbard Williams & Connolly
Joan Lukey Choate
Juanita Brooks Fish & Richardson
Lori Cohen Greenberg Traurig
Nina Gussack Pepper Hamilton
Roberta Kaplan Kaplan & Company
Sharon Nelles Sullivan & Cromwell

Northeast
West
Midwest
South
Top 25 Women in Litigation Canada
Top 25 Women in Litigation Latin America


Featured Top 250 Women in Litigation Press Releases:

Jennifer Haworth McCandless Sidley Austin Northeast District of Columbia
Karen Popp Sidley Austin Northeast District of Columbia
Kristin Koehler Sidley Austin Northeast District of Columbia
Marinn Carlson Sidley Austin Northeast District of Columbia
Alexandra Walsh Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz Northeast District of Columbia
Beth Wilkinson Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz Northeast District of Columbia
Lori Alvino McGill Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz Northeast District of Columbia
Cheryl Scarboro Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Northeast District of Columbia
Lisa Jose Fales Venable Northeast District of Columbia
Renata Hesse Sullivan & Cromwell Northeast District of Columbia
Elizabeth Papez Winston & Strawn Northeast District of Columbia
Heather Lamberg Winston & Strawn Northeast District of Columbia
Helen Maher Boies Schiller & Flexner Northeast New York
Jennifer S. Recine Kasowitz Benson Torres Northeast New York
Irena Royzman Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler Northeast New York
Shari Brandt Richards Kibbe & Orbe Northeast New York
Bindu Donovan Sidley Austin Northeast New York
Maria D. Melendez Sidley Austin Northeast New York
Lori E. Lesser Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Northeast New York
Lynn Neuner Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Northeast New York
Mary Beth Forshaw Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Northeast New York
Christine Varney Cravath Swaine & Moore Northeast New York
Julie North Cravath Swaine & Moore Northeast New York
Karin DeMasi Cravath Swaine & Moore Northeast New York
Rachel Skaistis Cravath Swaine & Moore Northeast New York
Elaine Golin Wachtell Northeast New York
Ilene Knable Gotts Wachtell Northeast New York
Rachelle Silverberg Wachtell Northeast New York
Faith Gay Selendy & Gay PLLC Northeast New York
Landis Best Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Northeast New York
Penny Windle Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Northeast New York
Hannah Ross Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann Northeast New York
Sharon Nelles Sullivan & Cromwell Northeast New York
Penny Shane Sullivan & Cromwell Northeast New York
Yvonne Quinn Sullivan & Cromwell Northeast New York
Gayle Rosenstein Klein McKool Smith Northeast New York
Elizabeth Sherwin McKool Smith Northeast New York
Robin Cohen McKool Smith Northeast New York
Catherine Amirfar Debevoise & Plimpton Northeast New York
Helen Cantwell Debevoise & Plimpton Northeast New York
Maeve O'Connor Debevoise & Plimpton Northeast New York
Mary Beth Hogan Debevoise & Plimpton Northeast New York
Mary Jo White Debevoise & Plimpton Northeast New York
Maura Monaghan Debevoise & Plimpton Northeast New York
Natalie Reid Debevoise & Plimpton Northeast New York
Shannon Selden Debevoise & Plimpton Northeast New York
Eileen McCabe Mendes & Mount Northeast New York
Stephanie Resnick Fox Rothschild Northeast Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Cabraser Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein West California
Nancy Sher Cohen Lathrop Gage West California
Kelly Dermody Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein West California
Jennifer L. Keller Keller Anderle West California
Debra Pole Sidley Austin West California
Kimberly A. Dunne Sidley Austin West California
Sara Brody Sidley Austin West California
Deborah L. Stein Simpson Thacher & Bartlett West California
Kathi Vidal Winston & Strawn West California
Maja Eaton Sidley Austin Midwest Illinois
Sara Gourley Sidley Austin Midwest Illinois
Linda Coberly Winston & Strawn Midwest Illinois
Cassandra Collins Hunton Andrews Kurth South Virginia
Yvette Ostolaza Sidley Austin South Texas
Lea Pauley Goff Stoll Keenon Ogden South Kentucky
Melanie Gray Winston & Strawn South Texas
Natalie L. Arbaugh Winston & Strawn South Texas
Paula Hinton Winston & Strawn South Texas



Featured Canada Top 25 Women in Litigation Press Releases:

Emi R. Bossio

Peacock Linder Halt & Mack

Canada

Calgary

Bernice Bowley

Fillmore Riley

Canada

Winnipeg

Tracey M. Cohen

Fasken

Canada

Vancouver

Laura F. Cooper

Fasken

Canada

Toronto

Melissa MacKewn

Crawley MacKewn Brush

Canada

Toronto

Linda Rothstein

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein

Canada

Toronto

Sharon Vogel

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel

Canada

Toronto

Margaret L. Waddell

Waddell Phillips

Canada

Toronto



Featured Latin America Top 25 Women in Litigation Press Releases:

Ariela Agosin

Albagli Zaliasnik

Latin America

Chile

Claudia Benavides Galvis

Baker McKenzie

Latin America

Colombia

Carolina Posada

Posse Herrera Ruiz

Latin America

Colombia

Irma Rivera Ramirez

Brigard Urrutia

Latin America

Colombia