Photo of Judy Barrasso by Sara Essex Bradley.

Photo of Judy Barrasso by Sara Essex Bradley.

We are honored to introduce the 2023 class of the Lawdragon Hall of Fame.

Where else will you find such an array of remarkable lawyers whose contributions to the law range from civil rights leadership to trailblazing female litigation partners; a barrier-denying state Supreme Court Chief Justice to lawyers who helped elevate Silicon Valley; and pioneers who brought new thought to environmental protection, national security and plaintiff advocacy?

Virtually all of these lawyers have devoted roughly 40 or more years of their lives to the law, in most cases representing clients whose lives, livelihoods or businesses depended on a great lawyer.

Judy Barrasso founded Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver in New Orleans in 2003, building a top litigation firm hired for the toughest cases. She has tried cases in more than a dozen states and routinely wins defense verdicts in cases alleging vast liability. She represents a path similar to that of a number of the women selected for the Hall of Fame this year, who used their skills to break down walls and excel in the law on their terms.

We’re particularly proud of the dimension of this year’s class, most of whom we’ve gotten to know over the years as we’ve watched them practice their craft in areas ranging from employee benefits to discrimination, accounting liability to corporate dealmaking, going from private practice to public service and creating new laws and protections to keep up with our rapidly evolving world.

We founded our Hall of Fame in 2015, and you can view all those inducted here. It’s become our custom to kick off each New Year announcing their selection – our thank you to individuals who dedicated their careers to the legal profession, each in his or her own way, to find a way forward to a better future.

You inspire us.

First  Last Organization Location Category
Judy Barrasso Barrasso Usdin New Orleans Litigation Defense
David Berry BAL San Francisco Employment, Immigration
Michael Blair Debevoise New York Dealmaker
Jamie Boucher Skadden Washington, D.C. Financial Regulation
David H. Braff Sullivan & Cromwell New York Litigation, esp. White Collar
James S. Bramnick Akerman Miami Employment
Eugene  Brown Jr. Hinshaw San Francisco Business Litigation
M. Malissa Burnette Burnette Shutt McDaniel Columbia, S.C. Plaintiff Employment, Civil Rights Litigation
Larry A. Campagna Chamberlain Hrdlicka Houston Tax Litigation
Ricardo G. Cedillo Davis Cedillo & Mendoza San Antonio Litigation
Robert Clifford Clifford Law Offices Chicago Plaintiff Litigation
Richard Climan Hogan Lovells Redwood City Dealmaker
Robert L. Corbin Kendall Brill Los Angeles Litigation, esp. White Collar
Gordon K. Davidson Fenwick  Mountain View, Calif. Dealmaker
William Dougherty Simpson Thacher New York Dealmaker
Karen Dyer Cadwalader New York Remembered; Litigator
Gary Ford Synergos New York Employment
Dennis J. Friedman Gibson Dunn New York Dealmaker, M&A
Glenn Gerstell Center for Strategic & International Studies Washington, D.C. National Security
Robert V. Gunderson Gunderson Dettmer Redwood City Dealmaker, Venture Capital
Rusty Hardin Rusty Hardin & Associates Houston Litigation
Randy  Holland Wilson Sonsini/Delaware Supreme Court Wilmington Remembered; Corporate Governance
Sherrilyn Ifill Ford Foundation/NAACPLDEF New York Civil Rights
Randy  Johnston Johnston Tobey Dallas Legal Malpractice
Marc E. Kasowitz Kasowitz Benson Torres New York Litigation
Jennifer Keller Keller Anderle Irvine Commercial Litigation, White Collar
Frank E. Lamothe III Lamothe Law Firm New Orleans Plaintiff Litigation
Bradley M. Marten Marten Law Seattle Environmental Law
Darin P. McAtee Cravath New York Litigation
Richard Mithoff Mithoff Law Houston Plaintiff Litigation
Charles W. Mulaney Jr. Skadden Chicago Dealmaker, M&A
Linda Myers Kirkland Chicago Dealmaker, Private Equity
William H. Narwold Motley Rice Hartford, Conn. Plaintiff Financial Litigation
Ron Peterson Jenner & Block Chicago Bankruptcy
Carl L. Reisner Paul Weiss New York M&A, Dealmaker
Robert H. Riley Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila Chicago Litigation
Jeffrey J. Rosen Debevoise New York M&A, Corporate
Paul N. Roth Schulte Roth & Zabel New York Investment Funds
S. Shay Samples Hare Wynn Birmingham Plaintiff Litigation
Leah Ward Sears Smith Gambrell & Russell Atlanta Leadership; Litigation
Joseph M. Sellers Cohen Milstein Washington, D.C. Civil Rights & Employment Litigation
William R. Sieben Schwebel Goetz & Sieben Minneapolis Plaintiff Litigation
Grace E. Speights Morgan Lewis Washington, D.C. Employment
Sally Thurston Skadden New York Tax
Arthur Wolk The Wolk Law Firm Philadelphia Plaintiff Litigation
Michael R. Young Willkie New York Financial Litigation, esp. Accounting, Securities