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An Interview on Diversity with Julie Spellman Sweet

Spellman Sweet

“Diversity is not just the right thing to do; it is the way to get to the right business outcome.” So says Julie Spellman Sweet, Accenture’s group chief executive for North America. In her view, diversity is essential to bring together different viewpoints and experiences in order to reach the best business decisions. 

Women in Law - an interview with Ingrid Busson, Morgan Stanley

Ingrid Busson

In an exclusive interview with Who’s Who Legal, Ingrid Busson, executive director of the legal and compliance division at Morgan Stanley and responsible for bank regulatory matters, shares her views on the challenges facing women in the legal profession.

An Interview with Anna Birtwistle


Anna Birtwistle, a senior associate at CM Murray, recently co-chaired the programme “Where did all the women go? The discrepancy between gender neutral hiring and the lack of female leadership in international law firms” at the ABA Section of International Law’s autumn meeting in London. Following the session she spoke to Who’s Who Legal about the difficulties women face in reaching the top of the profession and ways in which law firms could do more to help.

Women in Law

Friday 8 March marks ‘International Women’s Day’, a celebration of women’s progress observed universally around the globe. To mark this event, Who’s Who Legal has put together a special feature looking at the increasing number of women reaching the pinnacle of their profession.

Sheila Birnbaum, Product Liability Lawyer of the Year 2013


Sheila Birnbaum is our product liability defence lawyer of the year for the second year running. A partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan in New York, Birnbaum’s practice covers products liability, toxic torts and insurance coverage litigation. Birnbaum shares with Who’s Who Legal her achievements and career highlights.

Judy Wilson, Public Procurement Lawyer of the Year 2013


Judy Wilson is Who’s Who Legal’s public procurement lawyer of the year for the first time. A partner at Blakes Cassels & Graydon in Toronto, she has more than 20 years’ experience dealing with commercial and procurement issues. In an exclusive interview Wilson tells Who’s Who Legal about her rise to the top of her profession.

Leading Female Figures in the Legal Profession

In exclusive interviews, we reveal three of the practice area winners from the forthcoming WWL 2013 awards: Sheila Birnbaum, Judy Wilson and Florencia Heredia. These women have been recognised by their peers and clients as the leading figures in their areas of practice worldwide, receiving more nominations than any other lawyer in the research. WWL uncovers what it takes to reach the top of the profession.

Florencia Heredia, Mining Lawyer of the Year 2013


Florencia Heredia, a founding partner of HOLT Abogados in Buenos Aires, is our most highly nominated mining lawyer worldwide, earning the WWL award for the first time. In an interview with Who’s Who Legal, Heredia describes her career to date.

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