This “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. Here we feature profiles of the three deserving finalists, and the winner will be announced at a recognition event on October 23.

Thanks to the judges who selected the Attorney of the Year finalists: Brad Karp, chairman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Michael Cardozo, partner at Proskauer Rose; Sheila Boston, partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; and Judith Livingston, senior partner at Kramer, Dillof, Livingston & Moore.

Robert Giuffra

Robert Giuffra Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell

Giuffra frequently handles high profile white-collar defense, product liability and employment litigation matters. He also helps to secure legal services funding for low-income New Yorkers.


Jeffrey Kessler Partner, Winston & Strawn

In these last 12 months, Kessler’s career has perhaps had even more notable moments than on average—if any of his yearly stretches can be called average.


Mark Lebovitch

Mark Lebovitch Partner, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossman

“The first day I was in court and I saw people get up to the podium and argue, I knew I was a litigator.”