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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.

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.

An interview with Chief Olufolake Solanke SAN

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Chief Solanke SAN was awarded the 2012 IBA Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award at the IBA 5th World Women Lawyers’ Conference in London in recognition of her professional excellence and contribution to the advancement of women within the legal profession. Speaking at the conference, she gave Who’s Who Legal an insight into the obstacles and successes in her career.  

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