Finest Law Firm Winners Selected by the Burton Awards


March 22, 2017
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New York, New York: The finest law firm writers of 2017 have been announced by the Burton Awards, a non-profit program, which is run in association with the Library of Congress, presented by lead sponsor Law360, and co-sponsored by the American Bar Association. The 25 winners, who will be presented the "Law360 Distinguished Writing Awards" on May 22, 2017, were chosen from the nominations submitted by the nation's top 1,000 most prestigious and largest law firms.

The Academic Board, which reviewed articles published within the past year, was led by Virginia Wise, Chair; Jeanne Merino, Stanford Law School; Lindsay Saffouri, UC Berkley School of Law, William C. Burton, author and founder of the event; Judge Edward Forstenzer, Superior Court of California (retired); William Ryan, member of the Department of Homeland Security and former Chair of the White House Plain Language Committee.

The award ceremony will be celebrating its eighteenth anniversary at the Library of Congress, followed by a reception, dinner, gala and performance by comedian and impressionist Darrell Hammond. This year, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will receive the "Book of the Year in Law Award" for her work, "My Own Words." During the program, the Justice will be interviewed on the impact of her book.

The honorary and distinguished members of the Burton Awards Board of Directors include the following leaders in law: Former Chief Judge Richard Posner, 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; Judge Alex Kozinski, 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals; U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet; Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan of California; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa; Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Elissa Lichtenstein, Director, Public Services Division, American Bar Association; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc.; James M. Rishwain, Jr., Chairman Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Betty Whelchel, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribas SA; and Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US).

Law360, a LexisNexis company, serves as the lead sponsor of the Burton Awards and the distinguished writing awards.

"Clear, compelling writing is an essential tool for all lawyers," Law360 General Manager Scott Roberts said. "Law360 is proud to be associated with these awards, which recognize the best of the best writers in the legal profession. We salute all of the winners and commend them on demonstrating these talents and sustaining such high standards of written excellence."

The 2017 Law Firm winners are:

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Alston & Bird LLPDavid A. Brown, Theodore “Ted” Schroeder, Valerie DelpWhat Corporate Boards Need to Know Before Wading into Politics
Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo PLCNate Kowalski, Irma Rodriguez MoisaThe Cat’s Paw Doctrine: Declawing Summary Judgment
Baker & Hostetler LLPMichael D. SteinHow Structural Claim Limitations Can Save Software Patents
Barclay Damon LLPRobert A. BarrerCareless Keystrokes and Bad Decisions – New York Law on Inadvertent Disclosure
Baron & Budd, P.C.Scott Summy, John Fiske, Carla Burke PickrelPoison in the Well
Bowman & Brooke LLPJohn Sear, T. Michael PangburnAnticipating and Avoiding Expert Deposition Fee Disputes
Butler Snow LLPKari L. SutherlandFunding Litigation and Treatment: Leveling the Playing Field or Exploiting the Little Guy
DLA Piper LLP (US)Mike Piazza, Jonathon Haray, Katie RuffingDefending Against Insider Trading Claims
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLPBenito Romano, Lauren Kaplin, Emily FeirmanCross-Border Overview: Anti-Corruption Enforcement in Latin America
Grant & Eisenhofer P.A.Adam J. Levitt, Nicole E. NegowettiAgricultural “Market Touching:” Modernizing Trespass to Chattels in Crop Contamination Cases
Kelley Drye & Warren LLPGivonna St. Clair Long, Randall LehnerTop 11 Strategies for Avoiding Director and Officer Liability for Negligent, Unsafe, and Unsound Lending Practices
McGuireWoods LLPAndrew J. TraskLitigation Matters: The Curious Case of Tyson Foods v. Bouaphakeo
Mitchell, Blackstock, Ivers & Sneddon PLLCDavid Ivers‘Conflict-Free Case Management’ On Collision Course with Integrated Care
Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello PCEdward M. Spiro, Judith L. MogulA Smaller World, but Personal Jurisdiction Still Matters
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLPRoberto J. Gonzalez, Jessica S. CareyThe Government’s Making AML Enforcement Personal
Perkins Coie LLPLaura Zagar, William Malley, Stephanie RegenoldEnvironmental Streamlining Measures in Title 41 of the FAST Act: What Will They Mean for Infrastructure Project Developers?
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLPNorman Carlin, Brendan HennesseyAdapting to Climate Adaptation: Implications & Opportunities for the Private Sector
Ropes & Gray LLPRyan Rohlfsen, Timothy Farrell, Dante RoldanThe Pilot Program in Practice: A Comparison of Pre- and Post-Program Resolutions
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLPShana A. ElbergUsing the Bankruptcy Code for International Restructuring
Steptoe & Johnson LLPJennifer Quinn-BarabanovThe Supreme Court’s 2015-2016 Term Marks a Turning Point for Class Actions
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLPJoel Cohen, James L. BernardThe Movie ‘Spotlight’ and Legal Ethics
Sullivan & Cromwell LLPMelissa Sawyer, Charles T. DowlingM&A Implications of Corporate Governance and Succession Planning for Family-Controlled Businesses
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLPDavid Lender, Eric Hochstadt, Luna BarringtonLower Courts Continue to Disagree on Concreteness Requirement Post-Spokeo
White & Case LLPRichard Kebrdle, Laura FeminoA Solution For Competing Foreign Insolvency Proceedings
WilmerHaleBenjamin Fernandez, Mark SelwynDesign Patent Post-Grant: Is Anticipation Easier to Prove Than Obviousness?


The Burton Awards, established in 1999, is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards honors the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation, and lifetime achievements in the profession.


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The Founder and Chair of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement is William C. Burton, Esq., a partner at the law firm of Sagat|Burton LLP. He is a former New York State Assistant Attorney General, a former New York State Assistant Special Prosecutor, and is the author of the first legal thesaurus ever written for the legal profession, entitled BURTON'S LEGAL THESAURUS. The book is now in its 5th edition and quickly approaching its 35th anniversary. When the book was released, the Association of American Publishers recognized it as "one of the Most Innovative and Creative Projects of the year." In 2011, Mr. Burton was presented the highest honor given by the second largest association of law professors in America, The Legal Writing Institute, for "significantly advancing the cause of legal writing in the profession of law." More recently, he was awarded the "Blackstone Award" by the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, for "embodying and promoting the best ideals of the institution."

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