Amy Schulman, executive vice president and general counsel of Pfizer and president and general manager of Pfizer Nutrition, is one of five recipients of the 2012 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, given annually by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession.

Before joining Pfizer, Schulman led the mass tort litigation practice at DLA Piper, where she was the first woman to serve on the firm’s global board and its U.S. executive committee. She joined Pfizer as general counsel in 2008 and in 2010 became president and general manager of the pharmaceutical company’s global nutrition business. The business was recently sold to Nestle for $11.85 billion (NYLJ, April 26, 2012).

Schulman is also the executive sponsor of Pfizer’s Global Women’s Council, which helps to increase diversity and expand opportunities across the company.

“I am committed to spending some of my political capital and voice to ensure women have a seat at the table that we are entitled to,” Schulman said in a statement. “There are various things that derail women institutionally: unconscious bias, gender fatigue. You get nearly to the top and then you don’t get a sponsor over the finish line. I want to ensure that doesn’t happen to people in my organization.”

Schulman received the award at an Aug. 5 luncheon during the ABA’s annual meeting in Chicago.

The other honorees were Tani Cantil-Sakauye, chief justice of the California Supreme Court; Marcia Devins Greenberger, co-president and founder of the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C.; Joan Hall, a retired partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago; and Arlinda Locklear, of Arlinda Locklear Law Office in Washington, D.C.