Finest Law Firm Writers Selected By the Burton Awards


March 4, 2019

New York, New York: The finest law firm writers of 2019 have been announced by the Burton Awards, a national 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 winners, who will be presented the “Law360 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards” on May 20, 2019, were chosen from the nominations submitted by the nation’s top 1,000 largest law firms.  William Burton, Founder and Chair of the awards program, said “The winners are outstanding, highly skilled, and effective writers. The Law360 Writing Awards winners have now taught a new and even higher standard of excellence.”

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

The award ceremony will be celebrating its Twentieth Anniversary at the Library of Congress. The award ceremony will be followed by a gala reception, dinner, and performance by singer, actor and songwriter Idina Menzel and nationally recognized magician Shin Lim.

The honorary and distinguished Board of Directors of the Burton Awards program includes: former Chief Judge Richard Posner, 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (retired); U.S. Senator John Cornyn; U.S. Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr.; U.S. Senator Mike Crapo; U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet; U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen; U.S. Senator Cory Gardner; Supreme Court Justice Carol Corrigan of California; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Partner, McLegal Group; Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Lisa Rickard, President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer, Novelis Inc. and Deputy Chairman, Burton Awards; James M. Rishwain, Jr., Chairman  Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP; Betty Whelchel, Head of Public Policy & Regulatory Affairs, BNP Paribas SA; Linda A. Klein, Senior Managing Shareholder at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz and Past President, American Bar Association; and Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US).

Rachel Travers, Vice President of Law360 said, “Clear, compelling writing is an essential tool for all lawyers. 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 2019 Law Firm winners are:

Law Firm Author(s) Article Title
Alston & Bird LLP Clifford S. Stanford Toward a Coherent and Consistent Framework for Treatment of Confidential Supervisory Information
Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP Robert E. Shapiro The Morality of Dissent
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC Julie Goldsmith Reiser
Raymond M. Sarola
Molly J. Bowen
Sally Handmaker Guido
INSIGHT: Holding Firearms Dealers Accountable for Online Straw Sales
Crowell & Moring LLP John S. Gibson
Scott L. Winkelman
Rebecca Baden Chaney*
*Additional Author:
Jennifer A. Prioleau from HP Inc.
Seven Ways to Prepare Your Legal Department for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP George Kahale III Rethinking ISDS
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Avi Gesser

Joseph Kniaz

When the FBI Can Help Companies Deal With a Cyber Event
Debevoise & Plimpton LLP Paul L. Lee Long-Term Capital Management: A Retrospective
DLA Piper LLP (US) Danny Tobey Software Malpractice in the Age of AI:
A Guide for the Wary Tech Company
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP Brian L. Rubin

Melissa L. Fox

Amanda R. Giffin

When Precedent Doesn’t Really Stand for That Proposition: FINRA’s Suitability Rule and the Meaning of “Best Interest”
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP Peter D. Lyons
Matthew Herman
Linda H. Martin
Marissa Yu
Xerox/Fuji – Mimeograph to the Board: Don’t Copy This
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP Warren S. de Wied

Philip Richter

Gail Weinstein

Recent Trends In Shareholder Activism
Jenner & Block LLP Brandon D. Fox
Alice S. Kim
Is a “following orders” defence viable? Revisiting the Nuremberg defence in the wake of Haspel’s confirmation
Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP Mark W. Lerner
Jessica Taub Rosenberg
When Sexual Harassment Is Also a Crime
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP Daniel A. Rabinowitz Do Unto Others – Reciprocity Through the Lens of Insurance Regulation
Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC Tenley E. Armstrong
Brandon K. Essig
When law enforcement comes calling: The growing challenge of managing athletics investigations
McGuireWoods LLP Michele Satterlund Sidewalks: The Next Mobility Frontier
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Louise Skinner Gender Pay Gap – Current Trends
Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC Brian A. Jacobs How Institutional Dynamics Have Shaped Insider Trading Law
Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP Jane Lewis-Raymond*
*Additional Author:
Karen S. Haller from Southwest Gas Holdings
How to Use Risk Assessments to Shift Culture
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Brad S. Karp
Mark S. Bergman
Susanna M. Buergel
Roberto J. Gonzalez
Jane B. O’Brien
Elizabeth M. Sacksteder
The Financial Crisis 10 Years Later: Lessons Learned
Perkins Coie LLP Amy E. Simpson*
*Additional Author: Steve Chiang from RPX Corporation
How to Succeed at Every Stage of an Inter Partes Review
Proskauer Rose LLP Anthony J. Oncidi Consider the True Implications of Waiving Arbitration
Pryor Cashman LLP William L. Charron The Problem of Purely Procedural Preemption Presented by the Federal HEAR Act
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Jeffrey A. Lenobel
Aaron C. Retter
Applying Blockchain To Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Ryan J. Dzierniejko
Gregory A. Fernicola
Eytan J. Fisch
Stuart D. Levi
Rise Of Blockchain And ICOs Brings Regulatory Scrutiny
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP Jerry H. Goldfeder Shouldn’t It Be Up to the Voters?
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Jeffrey D. Hochberg The Section 871(m) Qualified Index Rules
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Jeffrey S. Klein
Nicholas J. Pappas
Larsa K. Ramsini
Strategies for Preventing Sexual Harassment
White & Case LLP Benjamin Saul
Margaux Curie
FinTech regulation in the US: Policy, implementation, and future directions
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP Todd Zubler
D. Reed Freeman, Jr.
Jason C. Chipman
Allison Aviki
Monitoring Mobility–The Current and Future Regulatory Landscape for Advanced Automotive Tech



The Burton Awards, established in 1999, are funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards were established to honor 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.” In 2017 The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform Individual Achievement Award was presented to Mr. Burton for making the U.S. Justice System “fairer for all.”