Photo of Tom Melsheimer by Justin Clemons.

Photo of Tom Melsheimer by Justin Clemons.

We’re thrilled to introduce the 2023 Legends.

They range from the remarkable Barry Berke of Kramer Levin, counsel to CBS, Democrats in the Donald Trump impeachment proceedings and countless accused financiers, to Taurie Zeitzer of Paul Weiss, global co-chair of Paul Weiss’ powerhouse M&A practice.

Each of these top-tier 23 have been recognized with Lawdragon 500 distinction repeatedly, typically 10 times or more. It is an illustrious group, which we began recognizing in 2015 when we celebrated our 10th anniversary. 

Also included are one of Texas’ top trial lawyers, Tom Melsheimer of Winston & Strawn, as well as Norton Rose’s Global Chief Executive Gerard Pecht.

We’re particularly thrilled at the powerful representation of women lawyers in this year’s Legends – lucky 13! They include Latham’s Jamie Wine, Williams & Connolly’s Heidi Hubbard, Hogan Lovell’s Cate Stetson, and another Paul Weiss standout, Melinda Haag.

We’re grateful at the opportunity to recognize each and every one of these amazing lawyers for their inspiring work as leaders in the legal profession.

First Last Firm Location
Barry Berke Kramer Levin New York
Andrew R. Brownstein Wachtell New York
Mats Carlston Winston & Strawn New York
Brian Duwe Skadden Chicago
Howard Ellin Skadden New York
Fidelma L. Fitzpatrick Motley Rice Providence
Ilene Knable Gotts Wachtell New York
Benjamin Gruenstein Cravath New York
Melinda Haag Paul Weiss San Francisco
Heidi Hubbard Williams & Connolly Washington, D.C.
Jameel Jaffer Knight First Amendment Institute New York
Erika A. Kelton Phillips & Cohen Washington, D.C.
Gayle R. Klein Schulte Roth New York
Wendi Lazar Outten & Golden New York
Paola Lozano Skadden New York
Tom Melsheimer Winston & Strawn Dallas
Gerard G. Pecht Norton Rose Fulbright Houston
Hannah Ross Bernstein Litowitz New York
Antony L. Ryan Cravath New York
Rachel G. Skaistis Cravath New York
Cate Stetson Hogan Lovells Washington, D.C.
Jamie L. Wine Latham New York
Taurie M.  Zeitzer Paul Weiss New York