Top 250 Women in Litigation

The extensive research process used in the creation of Benchmark’s Top 250 Women in Litigation 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) for 2017 as decided by the Benchmark Litigation research staff are listed below, with hyperlinks for those who provided bios. The list of Top 25 Women in Litigation for Canada is available here.

Editorials for US nominees by region available here: Northeast, Midwest, South, West

Congratulations to all of the winners!

TOP 250 WOMEN IN US LITIGATION

Samantha Adams - Adams + Crow Law, New Mexico

Mary Rose Alexander - Latham & Watkins, Illinois

Labella Alvis - Christian & Small, Alabama

Catherine Amirfar - Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Christa Anderson - Keker Van Nest & Peters, California

Jennifer Anderson - Modrall Sperling, New Mexico

Natalie L. Arbaugh - Winston & Strawn, Texas

Cristina Arguedas - Arguedas Cassman & Headley, California

Catharine Biggs Arrowood - Parker Poe, North Carolina

Kim J. Askew - K&L Gates, Texas

Lois Baar - Holland & Hart, Utah

Rebecca Bacon - Bartlit Beck, Illinois

Celia Goldwag Barenholtz - Cooley, New York

Mindy Barfield - Dinsmore & Shohl, Kentucky

Alison Barnes - Robbins Russell Englert Orseck Untereiner & Sauber, DC

Judy Barrasso - Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, Louisiana

Martine Beamon - Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York

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

Leora Ben-Ami - Kirkland & Ellis, New York

Robin Bergen - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, DC

Landis Best - Cahill Gordon & Reindel, New York

Rachel Bien - Outten & Golden, New York

Laura Grossfield Birger - Cooley, New York

Sheila Birnbaum - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, New York

Frances Bivens - Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York

Lisa Blatt - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, DC

Elise Bloom - Proskauer Rose, New York

Kim Boyle - Phelps Dunbar, Louisiana

Heidi Brooks Bradley - Lane Powell, Washington

Shari Brandt - Richards Kibbe & Orbe, New York

Leah Brannon - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, DC

Sara Brody - Sidley Austin, California

Juanita Brooks - Fish & Richardson, California

Carol Elder Bruce - K&L Gates, DC

Susan Brune - Brune Law, New York

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

Angela Burgess - Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York

Jane Byrne - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, New York

Elizabeth Cabraser - Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, California

Theresa Canaday - Frost Brown Todd, Kentucky

Helen Cantwell - Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Marinn Carlson - Sidley Austin, DC

Jacqueline M. Carolan - Fox Rothschild, Pennsylvania

Kim Catullo - Gibbons, New Jersey

Dale Cendali - Kirkland & Ellis, New York

Victoria W. Chavey - Jackson Lewis, Connecticut

Lori Cohen - Greenberg Traurig, Georgia

Robin Cohen - McKool Smith, New York

Abby Cohen Smutny - White & Case, DC

Cassandra Collins - Hunton & Williams, Virginia

Sarah Chapin Columbia - McDermott Will & Emery, Massachusetts

Jan M. Conlin - Ciresi Conlin, Minnesota

Shayna S. Cook - Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Illinois

Nina Cortell - Haynes and Boone, Texas

Sandra A Crashaw-Sparks - Proskauer Rose, New York

Margaret A. Dale - Proskauer Rose, New York

Susan Davies - Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, DC

Cari Dawson - Alston & Bird, Georgia

Catherine Dearlove - Richards Layton & Finger, Delaware

Kelly Dermody - Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, California

Jennifer Haltom Doan - Haltom Doan, Texas

Bindu Donovan - Sidley Austin, New York

Martica S. Douglas - Douglas Denham Buccina & Ernst, Maine

Barbara Duffy - Lane Powell, Washington

Karen Dunn - Boies Schiller & Flexner, DC

Kimberly A. Dunne - Sidley Austin, California

Daralyn Durie - Durie Tangri, California

Patty Eakes - Calfo Eakes & Ostrovsky, Washington

Maja Eaton - Sidley Austin, Illinois

Barbara Edelman - Dinsmore & Shohl, Kentucky

Marci Eisenstein - Schiff Hardin, Illinois

Nancy Erfle - Gordon & Rees, Oregon

Carolyn Fairless - Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, Colorado

Carolyn Fairless - Wheeler Trigg O'Donnell, Colorado

Jennifer Fletcher - Jennifer Wheatley Fletcher PC, Georgia

Laura Foggan - Crowell Moring, DC

Mary Beth Forshaw - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York

Kat Gallagher - Beck Redden, Texas

Deborah Garza - Covington & Burling, DC

Faith Gay - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, New York

Martha Gaythwaite - Verrill Dana, Maine

Kathi Giddings - Akerman, Florida

Jeanne M. Gills - Foley & Lardner, Illinois

Amy Ginensky - Pepper Hamilton, Pennsylvania

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

Frances Floriano Goins - Ulmer & Berne, Ohio

Jessica Goldman - Summit Law, Washington

Marcia Goldstein - Weil Gotshal & Manges, New York

Sandra Goldstein - Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York

Elaine Golin - Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York

Sara Gourley - Sidley Austin, Illinois

Melanie Gray - Winston & Strawn, Texas

Helen Gredd - Lankler Siffert & Wohl, New York

Nina Gussack - Pepper Hamilton, Pennsylvania

Melinda Haag - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, California

Caitlin Halligan - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, New York

Michele Hangley - Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, Pennsylvania

Emily Johnson Henn - Covington & Burling, California

Lynne Hermle - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, California

Elizabeth S. Hess - Kirkland & Ellis, Illinois

Melissa A. Hewey - Drummond Woodsum, Maine

Sally Higgins - Higgins & Owens, North Carolina

Paula Hinton - Winston & Strawn, Texas

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

Mary Beth Hogan - Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Angela Holt - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Alabama

Holly House - Paul Hastings, California

Heidi Hubbard - Williams & Connolly, DC

Annette Hurst - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, California

Caryn Jacobs - Winston & Strawn, Illinois

Hara K. Jacobs - Ballard Spahr, Pennsylvania

Helene Jaffe - Fox Rothschild, New York

Janet Jakubowicz - Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Kentucky

Leslie John - Ballard Spahr, Pennsylvania

Dixie Johnson - King & Spalding, DC

Christy Jones - Butler Snow, Mississippi

Paula Junghans - Zuckerman Spaeder, DC

Perlette Michele Jura - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, California

Heather L. Kafele - Winston & Strawn, DC

Roberta Kaplan - Kaplan and Company LLP, New York

Margaret Keane - Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Kentucky

Jennifer L. Keller - Keller Anderle, California

Elizabeth Kessler - Jones Day, Ohio

Irene Keyse-Walker - Tucker Ellis , Ohio

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

Kristin Koehler - Sidley Austin, DC

Linda Kornfeld - Kasowitz Benson Torres , California

Rachel Krevans - Morrison & Foerster, California

Carolyn Lamm - White & Case, DC

Ann Laupheimer - Blank Rome, Pennsylvania

Carmen Lawrence - King & Spalding, New York

Tara Lee - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, DC

Lori E. Lesser - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York

Selena Linde - Perkins Coie, DC

Joan Lukey - Choate Hall & Stewart, Massachusetts

Wendy Lumish - Bowman and Brooke, Florida

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

Helen Maher - Boies Schiller & Flexner, New York

Colleen Mahoney - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, DC

Rita Maimbourg - Tucker Ellis , Ohio

Enu Mainigi - Williams & Connolly, DC

Lorelie Masters - Hunton & Williams, DC

Barbara Mather - Pepper Hamilton, Pennsylvania

Gail Mautner - Lane Powell, Washington

Deanne Maynard - Morrison & Foerster, DC

Eileen McCabe - Mendes & Mount, New York

Jennifer Haworth McCandless - Sidley Austin, DC

Heather McDevitt - White & Case, New York

Lori Alvino McGill - Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz, DC

Joan McPhee - Ropes & Gray, New York

Maria D. Melendez - Sidley Austin, New York

Andrea Menaker - White & Case, DC

Jane Michaels - Holland & Hart, Colorado

Retta A. Miller - Jackson Walker, Texas

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

Deborah Moeller - Shook Hardy & Bacon, Missouri

Maura Monaghan - Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Patricia Head Moskal - Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Tennessee

Allison Mullins - Turning Point Litigation, North Carolina

Kathleen Nastri - Koskoff Koskoff & Bieder, Connecticut

Sharon Nelles - Sullivan & Cromwell, New York

Andrea Neuman - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, New York

Lynn Neuner - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York

Jennifer Newstead - Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York

Julie North - Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York

Maeve O'Connor - Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Mary O'Grady - Osborn Maledon, Arizona

Gigi O'Hara - Kutak Rock, Nebraska

Michele Odorizzi - Mayer Brown, Illinois

Anne Oldfather - Oldfather Law Firm, Kentucky

Lana A. Olson - Lightfoot Franklin White, Alabama

Yvette Ostolaza - Sidley Austin, Texas

Leslie Packer - Ellis & Winters, North Carolina

Elizabeth Papez - Winston & Strawn, DC

Kathy Patrick - Gibbs & Bruns, Texas

Karen Patton Seymour - Sullivan & Cromwell, New York

Lea Pauley Goff - Stoll Keenon Ogden, Kentucky

Shannon Phillips - Summit Law, Washington

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

Bettina Plevan - Proskauer Rose, New York

Debra Pole - Sidley Austin, California

Karen Popp - Sidley Austin, DC

Lisa Prager - Holland & Knight, New York

Yvonne Quinn - Sullivan & Cromwell, New York

Nancy Rafuse - Polsinelli, Georgia

Jennifer S. Recine - Kasowitz Benson Torres, New York

Natalie Reid - Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Pamela Reiter - Johnson Janklow Abdallah Reiter & Parsons, South Dakota

Tracie Renfroe - King & Spalding, Texas

Stephanie Resnick - Fox Rothschild, Pennsylvania

Ana C. Reyes - Williams & Connolly, DC

Alice Carmichael Richey - Alexander Ricks, North Carolina

Stephanie Rippee - Watkins & Eager, Mississippi

Christine Rolph - Latham & Watkins, DC

Beth Rose - Sills Cummis, New Jersey

Gayle Rosenstein Klein - McKool Smith, New York

Hannah Ross - Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann, New York

Anna Rotman - Kirkland & Ellis, Texas

Hollis Salzman - Robins Kaplan, New York

Ank Santens - White & Case, New York

Christine Guerola Sarchio - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, DC

Cheryl Scarboro - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, DC

Shannon Selden - Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Penny Shane - Sullivan & Cromwell, New York

Nancy Sher Cohen - Proskauer Rose, California

Elizabeth Sherwin - McKool Smith, New York

Charlene S. Shimada - Morgan Lewis, California

Laura Shores - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, DC

Anne McClain Sidrys - Kirkland & Ellis, Illinois

Rachelle Silverberg - Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, New York

Leslie Smith - Kirkland & Ellis, Illinois

Virginia Hamilton Snell - Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, Kentucky

Jennifer Spaziano - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, DC

Amelia Starr - Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York

Deborah L. Stein - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett , California

Anita Stork - Covington & Burling, California

Laurie Strauch Weiss - Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe, New York

Bettina Strauss - Bryan Cave, Missouri

Sung-Hee Suh - White & Case, New York

Diane Sullivan - Weil Gotshal & Manges, New York

Kathleen Sullivan - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, New York

Kari Sutherland - Butler Snow, Mississippi

Linda Chatman Thomsen - Davis Polk & Wardwell, DC

Michelle Thurber Czapski - Bodman, Michigan

Rhonda Tobin - Robinson & Cole, Connecticut

Peggy Tomsic - Magleby Cataxinos Greenwood, Utah

Nancy Turbak - Turbak Law Office, South Dakota

Katherine Turner - Williams & Connolly, DC

Martha Van Oot - Jackson Lewis, New Hampshire

Jennifer Van Zant - Brooks Pierce, North Carolina

Chilton Varner - King & Spalding, Georgia

Christine Varney - Cravath Swaine & Moore, New York

Kathi Vidal - Winston & Strawn, California

Jennifer Voss - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, Delaware

Alexandra Walsh - Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz, DC

Margaret Warner - McDermott Will & Emery, DC

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

Mary Jo White - Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Rebecca Wiggs - Watkins & Eager, Mississippi

Beth Wilkinson - Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz, DC

Phoebe Wilkinson - Hogan Lovells, New York

Penny Windle - Cahill Gordon & Reindel, New York

Karen Frink Wolf - Verrill Dana, Maine

Tina Wolfson - Ahdoot & Wolfson, California

Dorothy Wolpert - Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, California

Sharon Woods - Barris Sott Denn & Driker, Michigan

Elizabeth Wright - Thompson Hine, Ohio

Pamela Yates - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer, California

Marie Yeates - Vinson & Elkins, Texas

Margaret Zwisler - Latham & Watkins, DC