We are delighted to announce our Americas IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2021. This year's guide - the fourth edition - is by far the most comprehensive yet, featuring more than 750 lawyers globally, almost double the number of lawyers we ranked last year. It is a privilege to be able recognise the work of all the outstanding lawyers who appear in our guide.

IFLR1000 Women Leaders are the most prominent female lawyers working in the areas of law we research (financial and corporate transactions and contract, licensing and regulatory project work) within their jurisdictions. This is an elite group of lawyers with outstanding reputations within their markets who either have expertise and experience of working on complex deals, or who have risen to hold leadership roles with their firms or their practices. For some individuals both these things are true.

Research methodology 

The IFLR1000 undertakes annual research into the lawyers and firms working in our areas of research. IFLR1000's research teams in Hong Kong, London, New York and Sofia analyse thousands of research submissions, conduct thousands of interviews with law firm partners, and survey tens of thousands of clients to determine IFLR1000's Women Leaders. We consider all female lawyers working in our areas of research as Women Leaders but firms that participate in our research (see guidelines) can nominate individuals and individual lawyers can nominate themselves by taking our Lawyer Survey.

Women Leaders 2021 content

Below you will find links to: 

  • Online profiles of our featured Women Leaders
  • Women Leaders by region and jurisdiction
  • Analysis pieces covering diversity and inclusion in the legal profession
  • Interviews with high-profile, inspirational female lawyers from across the world focussed around diversity in the legal profession

If you would like to discuss how we can help you promote you or your firm's achievements, please contact Liam Sharkey: lsharkey@iflr.com


Featured Women Leaders

Vivienne Gouthro - Higgs & Johnson, Bahamas

Vivienne Gouthro is an experienced and prominent figure in the Bahamas legal industry. Managing partner of Higgs & Johnson’s Freeport office, she has been practising for more than 25 years in the jurisdiction. A maritime law expert, Gouthro specialises in shipping finance transactions for international lenders.


Christel Sands-Feaste - Higgs & Johnson, Bahamas

Christel Sands-Feaste chairs Higgs & Johnson’s financial services law and regulation and securities and investment funds practice groups. As her titles suggest she had a broad range of expertise and experience. She recently led on an innovative utility securitization which required the legislative framework to be amended and restated.


Ingrid Pierce - Walkers, Cayman Islands

As Global Managing Partner of one of the world’s largest offshore law firms, Ingrid Pierce’s prominence in the legal sector extends well beyond her jurisdiction. Also head of Walkers' Cayman Islands investment funds group, she is considered one the leading lawyers in the industry. She boasts 20 years' experience in funds work, excelling in advising funds on distressed matters.


Jazna Vanessa Oquelí de Riera - García & Bodán, Honduras

García & Bodán’s Honduras managing partner Jazna Vanessa Oquelí de Riera is among the leading female lawyers in the jurisdiction. Her focusses are broad, encompassing banking and finance, corporate transactions and projects, and she has a history of working on innovative deals such as the state’s debut bond sale.


Articles and interviews


  • Women Empowering Change: getting more women into leadership roles with American Bar Association, ISDA, Bank for International Settlements – BIS, The Women's Foundation Association of Corporate Counsel, Baker McKenzie, and Hogan Lovells



United States


Women Leaders by jurisdiction



Maria Shakespear - Beccar Varela

María Victoria Funes - Bomchil 



Vivienne Gouthro - Higgs & Johnson

Christel Sands-Feaste - Higgs & Johnson

Kimberley Rolle - McKinney Bancroft & Hughes



Melanie Jones - Lex Caribbean



Kehinde George - ASW Law



Mariana Pereira N - Indacochea & Asociados Abogados



Camila Goldberg BMA - Barbosa Müssnich Aragão

Maria Cristina Cescon - Cescon Barrieu Flesch & Barreto Advogados 

Claudette Christian - Hogan Lovells 

Isabel Costa Carvalho - Hogan Lovells

Eliana Chimenti - Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados

Adriana Pallis - Machado Meyer Sendacz Opice Advogados 


British Virgin Islands

Tanya Cassie-Parker - Harneys

Rachael McDonald - Mourant Ozannes



Catherine Doyle - Blake Cassels & Graydon

Pamela Huff - Blake Cassels & Graydon

Jane Dietrich - Cassels Brock & Blackwell

Carol Pennycook - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg 

Patricia Olasker - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

Natasha MacParland - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

Celia Rhea - Goodmans

Ana Badour - McCarthy Tétrault

Linda Brown - McCarthy Tétrault

Nancy Carroll - McCarthy Tétrault

Sandra Abitan - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Tracy Sandler - Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

Elizabeth Pillon - Stikeman Elliott

Amanda Balasubramanian - Torys

Karrin Powys-Lybbe - Torys

Rima Ramchandani - Torys


Cayman Islands 

Nicole Pineda- Harneys

Catherine Pham - Mourant Ozannes

Ingrid Pierce - Walkers 

Caroline Williams - Walkers 



Patricia Silberman - Carey

Myriam Barahona - Morales & Besa



Ximena Zuleta - Dentons Cárdenas & Cárdenas

Mariana Posse - Posse Herrera Ruiz


Costa Rica

Adriana Castro - BLP

Vivian Liberman - BLP


Dominican Republic

Esperanza Cabral - OMG

Mariángela Pellerano - Pellerano & Herrera 



María Rose Fabara - Fabara & Compañía Abogados


El Salvador 

Lilian Arias - Arias

Roberta Gallardo - Arias 

Luisa Rivas - Arias 

Ana Patricia  Portillo Reyes - Latamlex 



María Inés Arenales - BLP

Ruby Asturias - EY Law

Claudia Pereira - Mayora & Mayora



Evangelina Lardizábal - Arias 

Jazna Vanessa Oquelí de Riera - García & Bodán 



Gina Phillipps Black - Myers Fletcher & Gordon



Pilar Mata Fernández - Mijares Angoitia Cortés & Fuentes 

Vanessa Franyutti Jr - Nader Hayaux & Goebel



Gloria María de Alvarado - Alvarado & Asociados

Ana Teresa Rizo - Arias 

Bertha Argüello - Arias



Cristina Lewis de la Guardia - Galindo Arias & López 

Kharla Aizpurua Olmos - Morgan & Morgan 



Verónica Franco - Ferrere

Perla Alderete - Vouga Abogados 

Cynthia Fatecha - Vouga Abogados



Susan Castillo - Payet Rey Cauvi Pérez Abogados

Veronica Sattler - Rodrigo Elías & Medrano Abogados 


United States 

Jennifer Ezring - Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Kimberly Petillo-Décossard - Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Elizabeth Lenas - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 

Francesca Odell - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Margaret Peponis - Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 

Faiza Saeed - Cravath Swaine & Moore

Tatiana Lapushchik - Cravath Swaine & Moore

Margaret Tahyar - Davis Polk & Wardwell

Nora Jordan - Davis Polk & Wardwell

Madlyn Gleich Primoff - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Melissa Raciti-Knapp - Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer 

Barbara Becker - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 

Linda Curtis - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 

Erica Berthou - Kirkland & Ellis 

Melissa Hutson - Kirkland & Ellis

Linda Myers - Kirkland & Ellis 

Jennifer Perkins - Kirkland & Ellis 

Carol Hitselberger - Mayer Brown 

Anna Pinedo - Mayer Brown 

Elizabeth Raymond - Mayer Brown 

Carolina Walther-Meade - Milbank 

Joanne Soslow - Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Nancy Mitchell - O'Melveny & Myers

Cathleen McLaughlin - Paul Hastings 

Laurel FitzPatrick - Ropes & Gray

Jane Goldstein - Ropes & Gray

Julie Jones - Ropes & Gray

Leigh Fraser - Ropes & Gray 

Stephanie Breslow - Schulte Roth & Zabel

Lisa Jacobs - Shearman & Sterling 

Donna Parisi - Shearman & Sterling 

Antonia Stolper - Shearman & Sterling 

Cynthia Urda Kassis - Shearman & Sterling 

Elizabeth Cooper - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 

Jennifer Hobbs - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 

Roxane Reardon - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 

Marni Lerner - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Kathryn Sudol - Simpson Thacher & Bartlett 

Stephanie Teicher - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom

Eileen Nugent - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom 

Allison Schneirov - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom 

Alison Ressler - Sullivan & Cromwell 

Marilyn French Shaw - Weil Gotshal & Manges 

Arlene Arin Hahn - White & Case

Germaine Gurr - White & Case 

Dolly Mirchandani - White & Case

Michelle Rutta - White & Case 

Tali Sealman - White & Case

Franca Harris Gutierrez - WilmerHale 



Geraldine Ifrán - Ferrere 

Corina Bove - Guyer & Regules 

Mariana Estradé - Hughes & Hughes 



Maria Cecilia Rachadell - InterJuris Abogados 

Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado - InterJuris Abogados