Most Influential Women Lawyers


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Letter from the Publisher
Anna Magzanyan

Last year marked the 25th anniversary of the appointment of Janet Reno, the first woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States. When Reno began her tenure one in four lawyers in the nation were women, a sharp increase from less than 1 in 25 when Reno graduated from law school in 1960. And it has become more balanced since then, too. Today, women make up just over one in three (38%) lawyers, or more than 400,000 women nationwide. That number will continue to increase, as 49% of current law school enrollment is female.

There are some particularly stellar attorneys in the LA region who happen to be women; we’ve alphabetically listed 75 of the best here, along with some basic information about their careers, practices, and some of their recent achievements.

The attorneys listed in these pages were chosen by the Los Angeles Business Journal to be recognized for exceptional legal skill across the full spectrum of responsibility; exemplary leadership, as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards; and for contributions to the Los Angeles community at large.

Congratulations to the extraordinary women who made this list. Thank you for working to keep the people and businesses of Los Angeles on the right track.

Best regards,
Anna Magzanyan
CEO & Publisher


Angela Agrusa - DLA Piper
Michele J. Beilke - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Koren L. Bell - Larson O’Brien LLP
Kimberly Branscome - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Celeste Brecht - Venable LLP
Julie Capell - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Cyndie M. Chang - Duane Morris LLP
Heather Conniff - Shegerian Conniff
Michelle Cooke - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Karen L. Corman - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Melissa Daugherty - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Bonnie Eskenazi - Greenberg Glusker LLP
Theane Evangelis - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Laura Farber - Hahn & Hahn LLP
Deborah Fox - Meyers Nave
Lisa Gilford - Sidley Austin LLP
Patricia L. Glaser - Glaser Weil
Tamerlin J. Godley - Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Jessica Gordon - Thompson Coburn LLP
Nicole Gordon - Sohagi Law Group
Anna Graves - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Susan Grueneberg - Cozen O’Connor
Mary Haas - Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
Jennifer C. Hagle - Sidley Austin LLP
Colleen Hart - Proskauer
Mira Hashmall - Miller Barondess LLP
Sascha Henry - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Deborah Yoon Jones - Alston & Bird
Melanie Joo - Scali Rasmussen PC
Katuri Kaye - Trucker Huss, APC
Christianne Kerns - Hahn & Hahn LLP
Joan B. Kessler - JAMS
Junga Kim - Reed Smith LLP
Linda Kornfeld - Blank Rome LLP
Susan Leader - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Irene Lee - Russ August & Kabat
Crystal Lofing - Allen Matkins
Jana Lubert - Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Karla MacCary - Nossaman
Suann MacIsaac - Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert
Damaris Medina - Buchalter
Felicia Meyers - Meyer Olson Lowy & Meyers LLP
Alissa Miller - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Sandra Lee Montgomery - Proskauer
Ann Marie Mortimer - Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Michele Mulrooney - West Coast Tax and Wealth Planning Practice
Erin Murphy - Allen Matkins
Pooja Nair - TroyGould
Sonia Nayak - Nixon Peabody LLP
Arameh Zargham O’Boyle - Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
Ana G. O’Brien - Latham & Watkins LLP
Jackie Park - DLA Piper
Stacy D. Phillips - Blank Rome LLP
Robyn Polashuk - Covington & Burling LLP
Jennifer Post - Thompson Coburn
Barbara M. Rubin - Glaser Weil
Blake Rummel - Weinstock Manion
Cortney Shegerian - Shegerian Conniff
Christine Shin - Russ August & Kabat
Sussan Shore - Weinstock Manion
Randye Soref - Polsinelli LLP
Julia B. Strickland - Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP
Joanne Thomas - Stander Reubens Thomas Kinsey (SRTK)
Ellia Thompson - Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP
Carolyn Toto - Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Tanya Viner - Buchalter
Kim Watterson - Reed Smith LLP
Donna L. Wilson - Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Nancy Yaffe - Fox Rothschild LLP
Debra Wong Yang - Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Emily Yukich - Fox Rothschild LLP
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