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This luncheon celebrates the legal profession's concern for and commitment to the children of New York City. The prestigious Robert M. Morgenthau Award is presented to outstanding leaders in the legal field.

The Robert M. Morgenthau Award

elkan abramowitz

MORVILLO ABRAMOWITZ GRAND IASON
& ANELLO PC

 2021 Legal HonoreeElkan Abramowitz has built his career as a trial lawyer representing clients facing high stakes personal and professional crises both in and outside the courtroom. He has been described as “an unquestioned dean of the field … with a potent combination of experience, intelligence and composure” and as a “towering figure.” Elkan is a “superb strategist and tactician” who has represented a host of well-known individuals and corporations over the course of his “illustrious career” to date. Elkan was selected by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business to receive its Lifetime Achievement Award and named “Trial Lawyer of the Year” by Benchmark Litigation: The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys. In 2008, he was honored with the New York Council of Defense Lawyers’ Norman S. Ostrow award for the defense of liberty and the preservation of individual rights. Elkan is the recipient of the 1999 Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Oral Advocacy presented by the Office of the Appellate Defender.

Elkan served as an Assistant United States Attorney under Robert M. Morgenthau and followed him to City Hall to serve as one of his Deputy Assistant Mayors. He also served as Special Counsel to the Select Committee on Crime for the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to becoming a principal at a predecessor firm to Morvillo Abramowitz in 1979, he served as the Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

 

The Robert M. Morgenthau Award

mary jo white

Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

2021 Legal HonoreeMary Jo White is a litigation partner and the Senior Chair of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP where she heads the firm’s Strategic Crisis Response and Solutions Group and represents clients in high-profile white collar, SEC and other significant matters.

Ms. White also has a distinguished record of public service, including as Chair of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and as the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Under her leadership as SEC Chair, from 2013-2017, the Commission significantly enhanced its enforcement program and strengthened protections for investors and the markets through a range of transformative initiatives.

As the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1993 to 2002, Ms. White, the first woman to hold that position, oversaw countless groundbreaking prosecutions, which included complex white collar crime, international terrorism, organized violent gang and other major cases. Her renowned work in international terrorism included the successful prosecutions of those responsible for the1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Day of Terror Plot, the Manila Air Plot and the indictment of Osama bin Laden for his role in the 1998 East African embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, as well as the investigation of the 9/11 attacks.

Ms. White is ranked as a top-tier, star lawyer and is a recipient of numerous honors.. She has also been named to the Forbes “Power Women List,” the National Law Journal’s “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America,” and Crain’s New York Business “Most Powerful Women.”

Ms. White graduated from William & Mary, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Psychology, The New School for Social Research with an M.A. in Psychology and Columbia Law School with a J.D., where she was an officer of the Law Review.

 

EVENT CHAIRS
LAWRENCE IASON
Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello PC
HON. BARBARA S. JONES (ret.)
Bracewell LLP
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JOHN A. CATSIMATIDIS
PAL Vice Chair
ROBERT J. McGUIRE
PAL Vice Chair
DAVID J. ARENA
PAL President
COMM. DERMOT F. SHEA
PAL Honorary President
HONORARY CHAIRS
LISA M. FRIEL
National Football League
STEPHEN E. KAUFMAN
Stephen E. Kaufman, P.C.
VINCENT F. PITTA
Pitta LLP / Pitta & Baione LLP
BART M. SCHWARTZ
Guidepost Solutions LLC
CHARLES A. STILLMAN
Ballard Spahr LLP
 
CO-CHAIRS
MARK FILIP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
ROBERT B. FISKE, JR.
Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
ROBERT J. GIUFFRA, JR.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
JOHN R. GREED
Mutual of America Financial Group
ANDREW H. KAUFMAN
Stephen E. Kaufman, P.C.
DOUG LANKLER
Pfizer Inc.
AARON R. MARCU
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
GARY P. NAFTALIS
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP 
PAUL E. SINGER
The Paul E. Singer Foundation
  
 
COMMITTEE
ALLEN D. APPLBAUM
StoneTurn
JERRY D. BERNSTEIN
Blank Rome LLP
JONNY FRANK
StoneTurn
LAWRENCE GERSCHWER
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP BRAD S. KARP
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &
Garrison LLP
GREGORY P. JOSEPH
Joseph Hage Aaronson LLC
ANDREW J. LEVANDER
Dechert LLP
MARTIN LIPTON
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

DAVID MEISTER
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher &
Flom LLP
ROBERT J. MITTMAN
Blank Rome LLP
MARJORIE J. PEERCE
Ballard Spahr LLP
REBECCA MONCK RICIGLIANO
Crowell & Moring LLP
SHEILA G. RIESEL
Blank Rome LLP
ROPES & GRAY, LLP PATRICK J. SMITH
Smith Villazor LLP
THEODORE V. WELLS, JR.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton &
Garrison LLP
 
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