Lawdragon 500

The 2019 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

For the 14th year, we present to you The Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America – the most elite guide in the legal profession. As with past guides, the 2019 edition was selected from a combination of editorial research by Lawdragon staff, submissions from law firms and nominations through our online portal. This year’s guide features a 500 that is 40 percent women – a new record – and 20 percent inclusive.

Thanks to all of those who participated in the selection process, and congratulations to all honorees!

Name Organization Location
Matthew Abbott Paul Weiss New York
Angela Agrusa DLA Los Angeles
Charla Aldous Aldous Walker Dallas
Mary Alexander Mary Alexander & Associates San Francisco
Mary Rose Alexander Latham Chicago
Rosemary Alito K&L Gates Newark
Samuel Alito U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Catherine Amirfar Debevoise New York
David Anders Wachtell New York
Antonia Apps Milbank New York
Stephen Arcano Skadden New York
J. Robert Arnett Carter Arnett Dallas
Kurt Arnold Arnold & Itkin Houston
Clifford Aronson Skadden New York
Lisa Arrowood Arrowood Boston
Kim Askew K&L Gates Dallas
Noam Ayali Norton Rose Washington, D.C.
Baher Azmy Center for Constitutional Rights New York
Rebecca Weinstein Bacon Bartlit Beck Chicago
Shannon Baldwin Harris County Judge Houston
Ian Ballon Greenberg Traurig East Palo Alto
Peter Barbur Cravath New York
Randall Baron Robbins Geller San Diego
Judy Barrasso Barrasso Usdin New Orleans
Michael Barry Grant & Eisenhofer Wilmington, Del.
David ‘Chip’ Barry, Jr. Corboy Chicago
Scott Barshay Paul Weiss New York
George ‘Gar’ Bason Davis Polk New York
Paul Basta Paul Weiss New York
Lucia Bates Harris County Judge Baytown, Texas
Jack Baughman Paul Weiss New York
Martine Beamon Davis Polk New York
Max Berger Bernstein Litowitz New York
Matthew Bergmann Winston & Strawn Chicago
Sean Berkowitz Latham Chicago
Steve Berman Hagens Berman Seattle
Mitchell Bernard Natural Resources Defense Council New York
William Bernstein Manatt New York
Erica Berthou Kirkland New York
Landis Best Cahill Gordon New York
Vineet Bhatia Susman & Godfrey Houston
Ivy Kagan Bierman Loeb Los Angeles
Robert Bingle Corboy Chicago
Frances Bivens Davis Polk New York
Nigel Blackaby Freshfields Washington, D.C.
Lisa Blatt Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C.
Alexander ‘Zander’ Blewett Hoyt & Blewett Great Falls, Mont.
David Boies Boies Schiller New York
Mary Bonauto GLAD Boston
Cheryl Bormann Law Offices of Cheryl Bormann Chicago
Jamie Boucher Skadden Washington, D.C.
Theodore Boutrous Gibson Dunn Los Angeles
Bruce Bowman Godwin Bowman Dallas
Ronnisha Bowman Harris County Judge Houston
Heidi Brooks Bradley Lane Powell Seattle
Jennifer Bragg Skadden Washington, D.C.
Richard Brand Cadwalader New York
Leah Brannon Cleary Gottlieb Washington, D.C.
Stephen Breyer U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Laura Brill Kendall Brill Los Angeles
Allison Brown Weil Princeton
Paulette Brown Locke Lord New York
John C. Browne Bernstein Litowitz New York
Susan Brune Brune Law New York
David Buchanan Seeger Weiss New York
Jacob Buchdahl Susman & Godfrey New York
Susanna Buergel Paul Weiss New York
John Buretta Cravath New York
Angela Burgess Davis Polk New York
Karen Burgess Burgess Law Austin
Spencer Burkholz Robbins Geller San Diego
Sharon Burney Harris County Judge Houston
Dane Butswinkas Tesla/Williams& Connolly Palo Alto
Elizabeth Cabraser Lieff Cabraser San Francisco
Christopher Cadwell Boies Schiller Los Angeles
Angelo Calfo Calfo Eakes Seattle
Timothy Cameron Cravath New York
Joseph Cancila Riley Safer Chicago
Raoul Cantero White & Case Miami
Michael Carlinsky Quinn Emanuel New York
Mats Carlston Winston & Strawn New York
George R. Carlton Jr. Godwin Bowman Dallas
Bill Carmody Susman & Godfrey New York
James Carroll Skadden Boston
E. Leon Carter Carter Arnett Dallas
Amy Caton Kramer Levin New York
Doug Cawley McKool Smith Dallas
Jonathan Cedarbaum WilmerHale Washington, D.C.
Ricardo Cedillo Davis, Cedillo & Mendoza San Antonio
Paul Chan Bird Marella Los Angeles
Peter Wilson Chatfield Phillips & Cohen Washington, D.C.
Erwin Chemerinsky University of California, Berkeley, School of Law Berkeley
Doris Cheng Walkup Melodia San Francisco
Evan Chesler Cravath New York
Robert Chesney University of Texas Law School Austin
Apalla Chopra O’Melveny Los Angeles
Jeanne Christensen Wigdor Law New York
James Clark Cahill Gordon New York
Shauna Clark Norton Rose Houston
Paul Clement Kirkland Washington, D.C.
Name Organization Location
Ty Cobb Law Offices of Ty Cobb John’s Island, S.C.
Linda Coberly Winston & Strawn Chicago
Lori Cohen Greenberg Traurig Atlanta
Mary Louise Cohen Phillips & Cohen Washington, D.C.
Robin Cohen McKool Smith New York
Vincent Cohen Jr. Dechert Washington, D.C.
Jason Collins Reid Collins Austin
James Connell James Connell Law Las Vegas
George Conway Wachtell New York
Philip Harnett Corboy Jr. Corboy Chicago
Christopher Cox Cadwalader New York
Heather Cruz Skadden New York
Steve D’Amore Winston & Strawn Chicago
Frank Darras DarrasLaw Ontario, Calif.
Susan Davies Kirkland Washington, D.C.
Dedra Davis Harris County Judge Houston
Leslie Davis Riley Safer Chicago
Cari Dawson Alston & Bird Atlanta
Ariel Deckelbaum Paul Weiss New York
Karin DeMasi Cravath New York
Michael Demetrio Corboy Chicago
 Thomas Demetrio Corboy Chicago
Kelly Dermody Lieff Cabraser San Francisco
Jack DiCanio Skadden Palo Alto
Abigail Dillen EarthJustice San Francisco
Diane Doolittle Quinn Emanuel Redwood Shores, Calif.
Joseph Drayton Cooley New York
Anthony Dreyer Skadden New York
Daniel Drosman Robbins Geller San Diego
Thomas Dubbs Labaton Sucharow New York
Karen Dunn Boies Schiller Washington, D.C.
Thomas Dunn Cravath New York
Linda Marie Dunson Harris County Judge Houston
Daralyn Durie Durie Tangri San Francisco
Brian Duwe Skadden Chicago
Marc Dworsky Reid Collins Dallas
Karen Dyer Boies Schiller Orlando
Ryan Dzierniejko Skadden New York
Patty Eakes Calfo Eakes Seattle
Jay Eisenhofer Grant & Eisenhofer New York
Michael Elkin Winston & Strawn New York
Scott Ellington Highland Capital Dallas
Adam Emmerich Wachtell New York
Miguel Estrada Gibson Dunn Washington, D.C.
Ward Farnsworth University of Texas Law School Austin
Eric Fastiff Lieff Cabraser San Francisco
Elizabeth Fegan Hagens Berman Chicago
Mark Ferguson Bartlit Beck Chicago
Toria J. Finch Harris County Judge Houston
Julie Fink Kaplan Hecker New York
Ora Fisher Latham Menlo Park, Calif.
Fidelma Fitzpatrick Motley Rice Providence
Jodi Flowers Motley Rice Mount Pleasant, S.C.
William Fogg Cravath New York
Ramona Franklin Harris County Judge Houston
Todd Freed Skadden New York
Agnieszka Fryszman Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Alan Futerfas Alan Futerfas Law New York
Vijaya Gadde Twitter San Francisco
Kat Gallagher Beck Redden Houston
Kenneth Gallo Paul Weiss Washington, D.C.
James Garner Sher Garner New Orleans
Steven Gavin Winston & Strawn Chicago
Faith Gay Selendy & Gay New York
Lee Gelernt ACLU New York
Paul Geller Robbins Geller Boca Raton, Fla.
Eric George Browne George Los Angeles
Adam Gerchen Keller Lenkner Chicago
Lisa Gilford Sidley Los Angeles
Ruth Bader Ginsburg U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Thomas Girardi Girardi Keese Los Angeles
Robert Giuffra Sullivan & Cromwell New York
Donald Godwin Godwin Bowman Dallas
David Goldschmidt Skadden New York
Sandra Goldstein Kirkland New York
Elaine Golin Wachtell New York
Roberto Gonzalez Paul Weiss Washington, D.C.
Charles Googe Paul Weiss New York
Neil Gorsuch U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Ilene Knable Gotts Wachtell New York
Elizabeth Graham Grant & Eisenhofer Wilmington, Del.
Nicholas Gravante Boies Schiller New York
Lori Chambers Gray Harris County Judge Houston
Melanie Gray Winston & Strawn Houston
Salvatore Graziano Bernstein Litowitz New York
Mark Greene Cravath New York
Nicholas Groombridge Paul Weiss New York
Benjamin Gruenstein Cravath New York
Robert Gunderson Gunderson Dettmer Redwood City, Calif.
Nina Gussack Pepper Hamilton Philadelphia
Melinda Haag Orrick San Francisco
Richard Hall Cravath New York
Caitlin Halligan Selendy & Gay New York
Serena Hallowell Labaton Sucharow New York
Claudia Hammerman Paul Weiss New York
Angela Graves Harrington Harris County Judge Houston
James Harrington Harrington & Mahoney Buffalo
Erica Harris Susman & Godfrey Houston
Geoffrey Harrison Susman & Godfrey Houston
Natasha Harrison Boies Schiller London
Stephen Hasegawa Phillips & Cohen San Francisco
Name Organization Location
Michael Hausfeld Hausfeld Washington, D.C.
Sean Hecker Kaplan Hecker New York
Richard Heimann Lieff Cabraser San Francisco
Emily Johnson Henn Covington Palo Alto
Edward Herlihy Wachtell New York
Skip Herman Bartlit Beck Chicago
Lynne Hermle Orrick Menlo Park, Calif.
Lina Hidalgo Harris County Judge Houston
Anita Hill Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Kevin Hodges Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C.
Alan Hoffman Blank Rome Philadelphia
Mary Beth Hogan Debevoise New York
Lela Hollabaugh Bradley Arant Nashville
Cassandra Holleman Harris County Judge Houston
Shawn Chapman Holley Kinsella Weitzman Santa Monica
Ellen Holloman Cadwalader New York
Hillary Holmes Gibson Dunn Houston
Patricia Brown Holmes Riley Safer Chicago
Deneen Howell Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C.
Heidi Hubbard Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C.
Erica Hughes Harris County Judge Houston
James Hurst Kirkland Chicago
Sherrilyn Ifill NAACP-LDF New York
William Isaacson Boies Schiller Washington, D.C.
Jason Itkin Arnold & Itkin Houston
J. Eric Ivester Skadden New York
Maria ‘Terri’ Jackson Harris County Judge Houston
Jameel Jaffer Columbia Law School New York
Dani James Kramer Levin New York
Rachel Jensen Robbins Geller San Diego
James Johnson Labaton Sucharow New York
Jeh Johnson Paul Weiss New York
Megan Jones Hausfeld San Francisco
Phyllis Jones Covington Washington, D.C.
Tonya Jones Harris County Judge Houston
Nora Jordan Davis Polk New York
Elena Kagan U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Meredith Kane Paul Weiss New York
Allan Kanner Kanner & Whiteley New Orleans
Roberta Kaplan Kaplan Hecker New York
Alex Karakatsanis Civil Rights Corps Washington, D.C.
Brad Karp Paul Weiss New York
David Karp Wachtell New York
Neal Katyal Hogan Lovells Washington, D.C.
David Katz Wachtell New York
Brett Kavanaugh U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Skip Keesal Keesal Young Long Beach, Calif.
Ashley Keller Keller Lenkner Chicago
Christopher Keller Labaton Sucharow New York
Jennifer Keller Keller/Anderle LLP Irvine, Calif.
David Kelley Dechert New York
Michael Kelly Walkup Melodia San Francisco
Erika Kelton Phillips & Cohen Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Kessler Winston & Strawn New York
Richard Kim Wachtell New York
Sang Kim DLA East Palo Alto
David Kistenbroker Dechert Chicago
Adam Klein Outten & Golden New York
Eric Klein Sheppard Mullin Los Angeles
Gayle Klein McKool Smith New York
Jeffrey Klein Weil New York
Ethan Klingsberg Cleary Gottlieb New York
Jamie Kocis Kramer Levin New York
Linda Kornfeld Blank Rome Los Angeles
Philip Korologos Boies Schiller New York
Alexandra Korry Sullivan & Cromwell New York
Kalpana Kotagal Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Robery Kry MoloLamken Washington, D.C.
Lea Haber Kuck Skadden New York
Walter Lack Engstrom Lipscomb Los Angeles
David Lam Wachtell New York
Jeffrey Lamken MoloLamken Washington, D.C.
Brent Landau Hausfeld Philadelphia
Thomas Lane Winston & Strawn New York
Mark Lanier Lanier Law Firm Houston
Daryl Lansdale Norton Rose Houston
David Lash O’Melveny Los Angeles
Wendi Lazar Outten & Golden New York
Alejandro Gonzalez Lazzeri Skadden New York
Mark Lebovitch Bernstein Litowitz New York
Travis Lenkner Keller Lenkner Chicago
Karen Hoffman Lent Skadden New York
Sandra Leung Bristol-Myers Squibbb New York
Harlan Levy Boies Schiller New York
Chris Lind Bartlit Beck Chicago
Stuart Liner DLA Los Angeles
David Lira Girardi Keese Los Angeles
Thomas Loeser Hagens Berman Seattle
George Lombardi Winston & Strawn Chicago
Jeremy D. London Skadden Washington, D.C.
Kathy Love McGinn Carpenter Albuquerque
Jonathan Lowy Brady Center to Prevent Handgun Violence Washington, D.C.
Paola Lozano Skadden New York
Kenneth Lumb Corboy Chicago
Peter Lyons Freshfields New York
Eric Madden Reid Collins Dallas
Neal Manne Susman & Godfrey Houston
David Marriott Cravath New York
Michael Marsh Akerman Miami
Bradley Marten Marten Law Seattle
Name Organization Location
Craig Martin Jenner Chicago
Katharine Martin Wilson Sonsini Palo Alto
Jenny Martinez Munck Wilson Dallas
Mark Martins Office of Military Commissions Alexandria, Va.
Tammy Marzigliano Outten & Golden New York
Colette Matzzie Phillips & Cohen Washington, D.C.
Darin McAtee Cravath New York
Joseph McCoy Riley Safer Chicago
Randi McGinn McGinn Carpenter Albuquerque
Mike McKool McKool Smith Dallas
Christopher Meade BlackRock New York
Thomas Melsheimer Winston & Strawn Dallas
Mark Mendelsohn Paul Weiss Washington, D.C.
Jane Michaels Holland & Hart Denver
Edward Micheletti Skadden Wilmington, Del.
Donald Migliori Motley Rice Mount Pleasant, S.C.
Betsy Miller Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Ronald Miller Miller & Zois Baltimore
Matthew Minner Hare Wynn Birmingham, Ala.
Theodore Mirvis Wachtell New York
Steven Molo MoloLamken New York
Michelle Moore Harris County Judge Houston
Mike Moore Mike Moore Law Firm Flowood, Miss.
Patricia Head Moskal Bradley Arant Nashville
Laurence Moy Outten & Golden New York
Marion Munley Munley Law Philadelphia
Francis Patrick Murphy Corboy Chicago
Adam Murray Inner City Law Center Los Angeles
Scott Musoff Skadden New York
Henry Nassau Dechert Philadelphia
Daniel Neff Wachtell New York
Sharon Nelles Sullivan & Cromwell New York
David Nevin Nevin Benjamin Boise, Idaho
Luke Nikas Quinn Emanuel New York
Victoria Nugent Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Sean O’Shea Boies Schiller New York
Regina Olshan Skadden New York
Kevin J. Orsini Cravath New York
Wayne Outten Outten & Golden New York
Grant Palmer Blank Rome Philadelphia
Robin Panovka Wachtell New York
Jackie Park DLA Los Angeles
Michael Park Consovoy McCarthy New York
Stephanie Parker Jones Day Atlanta
Michael Paskin Cravath New York
Kathy Patrick Gibbs & Bruns Houston
Latosha Lewis Payne Harris County Judge Houston
Sandra Peake Harris County Judge Houston
Gerry Pecht Norton Rose Houston
Jason Peltz Bartlit Beck Chicago
Luis Penalver Cahill Gordon New York
Daniel Petrocelli O’Melveny Los Angeles
Joseph Petrosinelli Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C.
Stacy Phillips Blank Rome Los Angeles
Jonathan Polkes Weil New York
Eric Posner MoloLamken Chicago
Joseph A. Power Power Rogers Chicago
Thomas Power Power Rogers Chicago
Steven Quattlebaum Quattlebaum Grooms Little Rock, Ark.
Patrick Quinn Cadwalader New York
Vered Rabia Skadden New York
Shawn Rabin Susman & Godfrey New York
Brian Ratner Hausfeld Washington, D.C.
Shawn Raymond Susman Godfrey Houston
Noelle Reed Skadden Houston
William T. Reid IV Reid Collins Austin
Julie Goldsmith Reiser Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Lorin Reisner Paul Weiss New York
Alison Ressler Sullivan & Cromwell Los Angeles
Ana Reyes Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C.
Michael T. Reynolds Cravath New York
Ekwan Rhow Bird Marella Los Angeles
Joseph Rice Motley Rice Mount Pleasant, S.C.
David Rievman Skadden New York
Robert Riley Riley Safer Chicago
David Ring Taylor Ring Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Darren Robbins Robbins Geller San Diego
John Roberts U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Graham Robinson Skadden New York
Larry Rogers Jr. Power Rogers Chicago
Christine Rolph Latham Washington, D.C.
Alex Romain Irell & Manella Los Angeles
Anthony Romero ACLU New York
Steven Rosenblum Wachtell New York
Hannah Ross Bernstein Litowitz New York
Joel Rubinstein Winston & Strawn New York
Samuel Rudman Robbins Geller Melville, N.Y.
Kathryn Ruemmler Latham Washington, D.C.
Walter Ruiz Ruiz Law Arlington, Va.
Rick Rule Paul Weiss Washington, D.C.
Antony Ryan Cravath New York
Edward Ryan Guantanamo Military Commissions Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Sacksteder Paul Weiss New York
Faiza Saeed Cravath New York
Ronald Safer Riley Safer Chicago
Kelli Sager Davis Wright Los Angeles
Susan Saltzstein Skadden New York
Patrick Salvi Salvi Schostok Chicago
Patrick Salvi II Salvi Schostok Chicago
Hollis Salzman Robins Kaplan New York
Name Organization Location
P. Anthony Sammi Skadden New York
Christina Guerola Sarchio Dechert Washington, D.C.
Richard Sarver Barrasso Usdin New Orleans
John Savarses Wachtell New York
William Savitt Wachtell New York
Jonathan Schiller Boies Schiller New York
Ivan Schlager Skadden Washington, D.C.
Allison Schneirov Skadden New York
George Schoen Cravath New York
Richard Schoenberger Walkup Melodia San Francisco
Susan Schwartz Corboy Chicago
Carolyn Daley Scott Power Rogers Chicago
Christopher Seeger Seeger Weiss New York
Andre Segura ACLU Houston
Phillippe Selendy Selendy & Gay New York
Joseph Sellers Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Karen Patton Seymour Goldman Sachs New York
Kannon Shanmugam Paul Weiss Washington, D.C.
Nina Shaw Del Shaw Los Angeles
Joseph Shenker Sullivan & Cromwell New York
Leopold Sher Sher Garner New Orleans
Paul Shim Cleary Gottlieb New York
Gina Shishima Norton Rose Austin
Anne Sidrys Kirkland Chicago
Roman Silberfeld Robins Kaplan Los Angeles
Dawn Siler-Nixon Ford Harrison Tampa
Gerald Silk Bernstein Litowitz New York
Thomas Siracusa Power Rogers Chicago
Rachel Skaistis Cravath New York
Daniel Slifkin Cravath New York
Daniel Small Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Todd Smith Power Rogers Chicago
Abby Cohen Smutny White & Case Washington, D.C.
Thomas Sobol Hagens Berman Cambridge, Mass.
David Sochia McKool Smith Dallas
Amy Fisch Solomon Girardi Keese Los Angeles
Sonia Sotomayor U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Grace Speights Morgan Lewis Washington, D.C.
Kalpana Srinivasan Susman & Godfrey Los Angeles
Richard Stark Cravath New York
Ann Beth Stebbins Skadden New York
Brian Stekloff Wilkinson Walsh Washington, D.C.
Cate Stetson Hogan Lovells Washington, D.C.
Bryan Stevenson Equal Justice Initiative Montgomery, Ala.
Theodore Stevenson McKool Smith Dallas
David Stickney Bernstein Litowitz San Diego
Kosta Stojikovic Wilkinson Walsh Washington, D.C.
Adam Streisand Sheppard Mullin Los Angeles
Lary Stromfeld Cadwalader New York
Diane Sullivan Weil Princeton
Tara Sutton Robins Kaplan Minneapolis
Christine Swanick Sheppard Mullin New York
Justin Swartz Outten & Golden New York
Bonny Sweeney Hausfeld San Francisco
Afsaneh Ashley Tabaddor National Association of Immigration Judges Los Angeles
Germaine Tanner Harris County Judge Houston
John C. Taylor Taylor Ring Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Tina Tchen Buckley Sandler Chicago
Anita Wallace Thomas Nelson Mullins Atlanta
Clarence Thomas U.S. Supreme Court Washington, D.C.
Sally Thurston Skadden New York
Steven Toll Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C.
Robert Townsend Cravath New York
Max Tribble Susman & Godfrey Houston
Lisa Tsai Reid Collins Austin
Christine Varney Cravath New York
Kathi Vidal Winston & Strawn Menlo Park
Jim Walden Walden Macht New York
Alexandra Walsh Wilkinson Walsh Washington, D.C.
Robert Walters Gibson Dunn Dallas
Leigh Walton Bass Berry Nashville
Cecillia Wang ACLU New York
Mark Wawro Susman Godfrey Houston
Jillian Weiss Outten & Golden New York
Stephen Weiss Seeger Weiss New York
Theodore Wells Paul Weiss New York
Tony West Uber San Francisco
William Whelan Cravath New York
Alexandra White Susman & Godfrey Houston
Conlee Whiteley Kanner & Whiteley New Orleans
Douglas Wigdor Wigdor Law New York
Beth Wilkinson Wilkinson Walsh Washington, D.C.
LaShawn Williams Harris County Judge Houston
Milton Williams Walden Macht New York
Shawn Williams Robbins Geller San Francisco
Steven Williams Paul Weiss New York
Donna Wilson Manatt Los Angeles
Julia Wilson OneJustice San Francisco
Jamie Wine Latham New York
Richard C. Witzel Jr. Skadden Chicago
Marc Wolinsky Wachtell New York
Debra Wong Yang Gibson Dunn Los Angeles
Bruce Yannett Debevoise New York
Steven Yerrid The Yerrid Firm Tampa
Edward Zaelke Akin Gump Los Angeles
Taurie Zeitzer Paul Weiss New York
Laura Zois Miller & Zois Baltimore
Damien Zoubeck Cravath New York
Paul Zumbro Cravath New York
Lawrence Zweifach Gibson Dunn New York