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.
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 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 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.
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.
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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.