Atlanta Leaders Advocate for Women in Law; Kilpatrick Townsend Receives Big Honors

Memo from the Executive Committee

Atlanta leaders from Troutman Sanders, Kilpatrick Townsend and Sutherland joined partners from 54 firms nationally to compete in the first-ever lawyer hackathon seeking solutions to a persistent problem in the legal industry: the lack of advancement of women up the ranks. Women make up only 18 percent of equity partners at Am Law 200 firms—an increase of just two percentage points in the past decade, even though women have made up half of law school graduates for at least 15 years. Andrea Farley represented Troutman Sanders, Henry Walker and Susan Spaeth represented Kilpatrick Townsend and Mark Wasserman represented Sutherland.

Big Law Hearts, Big Law Deep Pockets

Page Turners Make Great Learners, a nonprofit dedicated to improving childhood literacy in the metro Atlanta region, honored McGuireWoods for the firm’s longstanding support of the organization. McGuireWoods received a Spirit Award for the involvement of the firm’s lawyers and staff in read-a-thons, book drives and other literacy events. Angela Spivey, managing partner of McGuireWoods’ Atlanta office, accepted the award at the nonprofit’s June 16 gala.

Big Law Promotions

For Ballard Spahr’s Kevin Hathcock, who was elected to partner at the firm, where he is a member of the intellectual property department.

Big Law Honors

For Sutherland partner Nikola Djuric and its private wealth practice, which earned recognition in the first-ever edition of Chambers High Net Worth.

For Kilpatrick Townsend’s Antoinette Ellison, a 2016 recipient of the National Bar Association’s Nation’s Best Advocates: ’40 Under 40′ award.

For Kilpatrick Townsend’s Kimberlynn Davis, named to the Jumpstart Atlanta advisory board.