Our Distinguished Leader awards recognize attorneys in leadership roles who achieved impressive results in the past year. Strong leaders are hard to come by, and we want to highlight lawyers who had great performances while demonstrating clear leadership skills leading to positive outcomes.

The New York Law Journal congratulates its 2021 Distinguished Leaders:

Gregory Arovas, partner, Kirkland & Ellis

Loren Brown, US vice chairman, DLA Piper

Jeremiah DeBerry, partner, Mayer Brown

Hagit Muriel Elul, partner, Hughes Hubbard & Reed

Robert Giuffra Jr., vice chair, Sullivan & Cromwell

Jennifer Grady, partner, Crowell & Moring 

Chris Leung, partner, Pollock Cohen

Loretta Lynch, partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Benedict Morelli, managing partner, Morelli Law Firm

Thomas Oliva, attorney, Pena & Kahn

Dorothea Regal, founding partner, Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney

Brittny Jade Saunders, deputy commissioner for strategic initiatives, New York City Commission on Human Rights

Todd Soloway, partner, Pryor Cashman

Sally Thurston, partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

The winners will be recognized in the New York Law Journal’s upcoming Professional Excellence magazine and honored Oct. 13th at the New York Legal Awards at Marriott Marquis in New York City. The event will feature numerous other awards, including Rising Stars, Lifetime Achievement, Litigation Departments of the Year, Innovation, Dealmakers, In-House Impact and the announcement of our Attorney of the Year winner. For information about tickets and sponsorships for the event, please contact Andre Sutton at [email protected].