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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

robert j. giuffra, jr.

sullivan & cromwell LLP 

2020 Legal HonoreeRobert Giuffra, a partner at Sullivan & Cromwell, serves on the firm’s Management Committee, with overall responsibility for its litigation practice. A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Bob currently represents Volkswagen and Fiat Chrysler in their diesel emissions cases and Goldman Sachs and UBS in financial crisis litigation.

A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, he has served in all three branches of the U.S. government. He was a law clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Judge Ralph Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  From 1995 to 1996, he was chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Banking Committee. Previously, he served in the White House under President Ronald Reagan. In 2017, Chief Justice Roberts appointed him to the Standing Committee on Rules and Practice and  Procedure of the U.S. Courts. A native New Yorker, he has served on New York’s Permanent Commission on Access to Justice, the State Commission on Public Integrity, the State Ethics Commission, the State-Federal Judicial Council, the Commercial Division Advisory Council, the Southern District Magistrate Judge Selection Panel, and the Commission on Attorney Discipline. He has also served as president of the Federal Bar Council.

Bob lives in New York City, with his wife Joyce and their three children, Elizabeth, Caroline, and Robert III.


The Robert M. Morgenthau Award

marjorie j. peerce

ballard spahr llp

2020 Legal Honoree

Marjorie J. Peerce is a litigator with a practice focus on white collar criminal defense, virtual currency, regulatory matters, and complex civil litigation. In her more than 30 years of practice, she has handled matters across the criminal and regulatory spectrum in federal courts across the Country and in NY State courts. She is a co-managing partner of Ballard Spahr’s New York office, and a member of its nine member elected board.

Margie served on the Steering Committee for Clemency Project 2014, and serves on the Steering Committee for the NACDL/FAMM New York State Clemency project, a Trial Penalty Task Force and a Task force related to the Implementation of the First Step Act, among others. She received Ballard Spahr's 2015 Alan J. Davis Award for pro bono work on the Clemency Project 2014, the New York Law Journal’s Lawyers Who Lead by Example Public Service Award in 2016 and the New York State Bar Association President's Pro Bono Service Award for the First Judicial District, Manhattan in 2015.


Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
 Schiff Hardin LLP



Stephen E. Kaufman, P.C.

Pitta LLP 

Guidepost Solutions LLC 

Ballard Spahr LLP 


Wednesday, April 22, 2019
The Pierre, Fifth Avenue at 61st Street
Reception 11:30 AM --- Lunch 12:30 PM 









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