Whether it’s “Dealmakers of the Year,” “Litigation Department of the Year,” “Big Suits,” or “Big Deals,” the pages of The American Lawyer typically brim with pictures of men. But time and again, we’ve come across remarkable women lawyers, many of whom fell outside of our deals-and-suits-heavy coverage. To give them their due, we decided to identify the best of the best among young women lawyers in The Am Law 200, and bring them together in a single issue.

We called various industry sources and also invited The Am Law 200 to submit a maximum of five nominations per firm. All told, we had more than ten nominees for each spot on our “45 Under 45″ list, so our team of reporters and editors could afford to be picky. In the end, we passed over the many ink-worthy “rising stars” in favor of a few dozen women who–despite their youth–have already arrived. Some are well-known, others less so. But all have achievements we could quantify: They are leading billion-dollar deals or financings, first-chairing high-stakes litigation, arguing appeals, or managing important firm clients. We also looked for those with an upward trajectory at their firms, whether taking on progressively larger roles, heading important firm initiatives, or bringing in significant new business. We also recognized a few women who have built successful original practices, like privacy law or clean tech, or have taken their practices to new places, whether that be public international law or the Middle East. One thing we didn’t take into account: A lot of these lawyers are juggling careers with raising young children.

After the initial vetting, we got on the phones. Every finalist was screened by an American Lawyer reporter, who reviewed her record and called clients and opposing counsel. Then we tried to distill it all into approximately 125 words per profile. It was a big job, but these women are worth the recognition. Read on.

Reported by: Susan Beck, Drew Combs, Michael D. Goldhaber, Chris Johnson, Dimitra Kessenides, Amy Kolz, D.M. Levine, Victor Li, Anthony Lin, Irene Plagianos, Ross Todd, Julie Triedman, and Claire Zillman.

 

FEATURES

Let’s Make a Deal
A new generation of women are breaking through the testosterone-filled ranks of M&A and PE lawyers.
By Amy Kolz

Patently Successful
In the relatively new field of IP litigation, a handful of women have made strides.
By Irene Plagianos

Not So Fast . . .
Our “45 Under 45” package trumpets women lawyers’ accomplishments,but sadly these ladies are outliers.
By Vivia Chen


45 UNDER 45 PROFILES

Carolyn Alford, 43, King & Spalding, Atlanta

Lorie Almon, 41, Seyfarth Shaw, New York

Elena Baca, 43, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Los Angeles

Yas Banifatemi, 43, Shearman & Sterling, Paris

Kerry Berchem, 44, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, New York

Frances Bivens, 44, Davis Polk & Wardwell, New York

April Miller Boise, 42, Thompson Hine, Cleveland

Leah Brannon, 35, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, Washington, D.C.

Amy Caton, 39, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, New York

Ann Cathcart Chaplin, 37, Fish & Richardson, Minneapolis

Julian Chung, 44, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, New York

Rachel Clingman, 43, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Houston

Linda Coberly, 43, Winston & Strawn, Chicago

Audra Cohen, 43, Sullivan & Cromwell, New York

Aimee Cummo, 38, SNR Denton, New York

Cari Dawson, 43, Alston & Bird, Atlanta

Amy Dulin, 44, Hughes Hubbard & Reed, Miami

Kelly Dybala, 37, Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Dallas

Erin Egan, 41, Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C.

Alice Fisher, 43, Latham & Watkins, Washington, D.C.

Sharon Flanagan, 39, Sidley Austin, San Francisco

Gaela Gehring Flores, 39, Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.

Z. Julie Gao, 40, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Hong Kong

Jennifer Hobbs, 43, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York

Julie Jones, 41, Ropes & Gray, Boston

Heidi Keefe, 40, Cooley, Palo Alto

Lori Lesser, 44, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York

Heidi Levine, 40, DLA Piper, New York

Susan Mac Cormac, 44, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco

Victoria Maroulis, 39, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Redwood Shores, California

Cathy Marsh, 43, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, London

Mika Mayer, 33, Morrison & Foerster, Palo Alto

Catherine McCarthy, 43, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Moeller, 40, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, Washington, D.C.

Lynn Neuner, 43, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, New York

Kimberly Parker, 40, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, Washington, D.C.

Laura Lee Prather, 43, Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold, Austin

Allison Schneirov, 44, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York

Rebecca Silberstein, 42, Debevoise & Plimpton, New York

Rachelle Silverberg, 43, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, New York

Catherine Stetson, 41, Hogan Lovells, Washington, D.C.

Kim Taylor, 43, Kirkland & Ellis, New York

Helgi Walker, 44, Wiley Rein, Washington, D.C.

Jamie Wine, 40, Latham & Watkins, New York

Ayse Yüksel, 41, Chadbourne & Parke, Dubai