Finest Law Firm Writers Selected By The Burton Awards Program


April 30, 2020

New York, New York: The finest law firm writers of 2020 have been announced by the Burton Awards, a national 501(c)(3) 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 June 14, 2021, 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 awards program will be celebrating its Twenty-first Anniversary at the Library of Congress. The awards ceremony will be followed by a gala reception, dinner, and performance by singer, songwriter, actor and author, Sara Bareilles, and world-class entertainer and mentalist, Oz Pearlman.

The honorary and distinguished Board of Directors of the Burton Awards program includes: William C. Burton, Partner, SagatBurton LLP; Les Parrette, Deputy Chairman, The Burton Awards; Chief Judge Richard Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (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; U.S. Senator James E. Risch; U.S. Senator Tim Kaine; Justice Carol Corrigan, California Court of Appeals; Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP; Jane Sullivan Roberts, Partner, McLegal Group; Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP; Lisa Rickard, Former President, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP; James M. Rishwain, Jr., Chairman  Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP; Betty Whelchel, Former 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, General Manager of Law360 said, “Clear, compelling writing is essential for all lawyers. Law360 is proud to be associated with these awards, where the best of the best writers in the legal profession are recognized. Hats off to the nominees and award winners for demonstrating their writing talents and maintaining the highest standards of excellence.” 

The 2020 Law Firm winners are:

Law Firm Author(s) Article Title
Armstrong Teasdale Douglas Marsh Charles (Chuck) Steese, Home Is Where You’re Incorporated: The Supreme Court Limits Forum Shopping
Best Best & Krieger LLP Gene Tanaka The New Federalism: Blue States v. United States
Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC Louis P. DiLorenzo, John Gaal Horse-Shedding the Witness: When Does Witness Preparation Cross the Line?
Butler Snow LLP Erin P. Lane, Luther T. Munford No Way Around It: The Need for Federal “Permission and Assistance” Can Preempt a State Tort Duty
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Dr. Dorothy Auth, Michael J. Sebba Danielle Vincenti Tully How Fed. Circ. May Defer To PTAB In Facebook Case
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP Katherine B. Forrest The Holographic Judge
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP Margaret Tahyar Legal Interpretation Is Not Like Reading Poetry: How to Let Go of Ordinary Reading and Interpret the Legal Framework of the Regulatory State
DLA Piper Eric Christofferson, John M Hillebrecht, Lisa Tenorio-Kutzkey Representing Individuals in Interviews: The US Perspective
Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP  Ted Friedman, Timothy Gustafson, Alexandra “Lexi” Louderback, Chelsea Marmor States Find Footing With Marketplace Legislation After Wayfair
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Libby Baney, Niamh M. Lewis Internet Pharmacies: Trends, Opportunities, and Risks
Foley & Lardner LLP Donald H. Romano Unlawful, Unfair and Unwise: Constitutional and Rulemaking Infirmities in CMS’s Enrollment Revocations and How to Challenge Them
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP Laura Collins, Martin Dickson, Alex Potter Navigating European Enforcement Priorities in Online Distribution
King & Spalding LLP Mark Davies, Sawyer Duncan Considerations in Cross-Border Carve-Out Deals
Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC Amber N. Hall, Bridget E. Harris, M. Christian King Diversity’s Next Step: Developing Minority Partners
McGuireWoods LLP Andrew McBride If High Court Hears Gun Case, It Could Gut Agency Deference
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Lewis M. Csedrik, Levi McAllister, Arjun Prasad Ramadevanahalli Coming Soon: More Federal Action On Pipeline Cybersecurity
Morrison Cohen LLP David B. Saxe Adding a Right of Appeal in Arbitration
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP H. Christopher Boehning, Daniel J. Toal Court Infers Intentional, Bad Faith Spoliation From Use of Ephemeral Messaging
Perkins Coie, LLP Chris Garrett, Ken Houser, Robert Maynard, Chris Thomas NEPA Streamlining Yet Again: Will the Diet Work This Time?
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Ashleigh Acevedo, Kevin Ashe (of Holland & Knight) Norman F. Carlin, Eric Moorman States Shift From Seawalls to Living Shorelines
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP Richard M. Mescher Kawhi Leonard v. Nike Inc.: How copyrights can trump trademarks?
Reed Smith and Greenspoon Marder Kim Gold, Marla Neufeld The A, B, Cs (along with CDCs and FDAs) of Regulatory Implications over Assisted Reproductive Technology
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Karen Hoffman Lent, Kenneth B. Schwartz When Antitrust Meets Human Resources
Squire Patton Boggs Daniel G. Berick, Leah Brownlee, Tamara Fraizer The Top 10 Legal Mistakes Made By Early-Stage Companies – A “Field Guide” For Family Offices
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP   Dina Kolker For Public Employees, Speech Is Free, But Is Anyone Listening?
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Tom Baxter The Rise of Risk Management in Financial Institutions and a Potential Unintended Consequence – The Diminution of the Legal Function
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Jeremy P. Auster, Jeremy C. Cain, Todd Larson Music Licensing Overhaul Signed Into Law
White & Case LLP Bijal Vakil Congress Attempts to Remove Ambiguity in Favor of Patent Holders
WilmerHale David Gringer, Bonnie Heiple, Brian K. Mahanna, Heidi Ruckriegle 4 Ways State AGs Are Targeting Energy Sector


The Burton Awards, established in 1999, is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, 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.”