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Attorney of the Year, the Law Journal’s MVP award, goes to the lawyer who had the most profound effect on the law or legal community in the past year or did the most to advance the cause of justice.

We don’t announce the winner until our recognition dinner in October but we are pleased to recognize our three finalists today. They are: Hogan Lovells senior counsel Stanley Brown, Susman Godfrey partner Bill Carmody and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison chairman Brad Karp.

After 12 years leading a Hogan Lovells team in a pro bono battle to fight housing discrimination, Brown achieved a victory for affordable housing that advocates predict will be a roadmap for other organizations to follow. Responding to local opposition that was racially charged, Garden City rezoned a large parcel of land but did so in a way that made affordable housing impossible. U.S. District judge Arthur D. Spatt of Eastern District of New York found Garden City guilty of intentional and disparate racial discrimination. He ordered the village to adopt inclusionary zoning to promote diversity. Garden City appealed, and the Second Circuit affirmed the intentional discrimination finding.

Carmody secured a judgment for GE worth $161 million in the breach of contract case, General Electric v. Nebraska Investment Finance Authority, before a federal jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He was also responsible for reaching significant milestones in the massive, consolidated antitrust proceeding over the LIBOR scandal, and he secured a highly favorable settlement for Uber Technologies Inc. in its battle with Google/Waymo over self-driving car technology.

In his decade at Paul Weiss, Karp successfully guided the firm to a record-breaking year while adopting an increasingly public role as the leading advocate in the private bar on gun safety and other critical social justice issues. He presided over the firm’s 10th consecutive year of record-breaking profits, revenues and pro bono hours, during which time pro bono hours more than doubled to 100,000. In May 2017, he guided Citigroup to a resolution in a criminal money-laundering investigation and the historic concussion class action settlement he negotiated for the National Football League became effective in January 2017.

The Law Journal would like to thank its esteemed panel for judging the Attorney of the Year contest. They are: Taa Grays, vice president and associate general counsel for information governance at MetLife; Kevin McDonough, a partner at Latham & Watkins; retired First Department Associate Justice David Saxe, a partner at Morrison Cohen; and Mark Zauderer, a partner at Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer who is joining Ganfer & Shore.

The winners will be profiled in the New York Law Journal’s upcoming Professional Excellence magazine and honored Oct. 10 at the New York Legal Awards at Tribeca 360 in New York City. The event will feature numerous recognitions, including Lifetime Achievement awards, Distinguished Leaders, Rising Stars, Legal and Litigation Departments of the Year, and the announcement of the Attorney of the Year winner. For more information about additional tickets and sponsorships for the event, please contact Andre Sutton at