We are delighted to announce our United States IFLR1000 Women Leaders for 2022. The fifth edition is the most comprehensive yet, featuring around 1000 lawyers globally, a 33% increase from the number of lawyers recognized last year. It is a privilege to be able recognise the work of all the outstanding women. 

IFLR1000 Women Leaders is an elite ranking category reserved for the most prominent women lawyers across the world working in the areas of law IFLR1000 researchesThis is an exclusive 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  

IFLR1000's research teams in Hong Kong, London, New York and Sofia collectively 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. 

Each year Women Leaders uses the previous submission cycle's data for the research. Women Leaders 2022 will be based primarily on submissions made in 2021. We consider all female lawyers working in our areas of research as Women Leaders but firms that participate in our research (see guidelinescan nominate individuals and individual lawyers can nominate themselves by taking our Lawyer Survey. 


Featured Women Leaders

Arlene Hahn
White & Case

Dolly Mirchandani
White & Case
White & Case’s Global Head of Technology Transactions Arlene Hahn has gained extensive recognition for her work within the M&A and private equity practices, especially within the technology industry. She frequently works on multibillion dollar acquisitions including Panasonic’s $8.5 billion acquisition of Blue Yonder.    Dolly Mirchandani has years of experience in the infrastructure and energy industries. A partner at White & Case, she stands out as being a market leader in the project development and finance practices, for example working on Ridgewood Private Equity Partners’ acquisition of Vista Ridge. 

Germaine Gurr
White & Case

Michelle Rutta
White & Case
Having won accolades for her work leading M&A transactions, White & Case partner Germaine Gurr is a standout in her practice.She stands out for her lead on multibillion dollar crossborder deals including Schneider Electric’s $2.1 billion acquisition of Larson & Toubro Electrical & Automation Division.    White & Case partner Michelle Rutta regularly advises on debt issuances but is more well known for her work leading multibillion dollar acquisitions and sales. For example, she has acted for Macquarie Infrastructure in the sale of three of its businesses, totaling $7.674 billion. 

Tali Sealman
White & Case
Tali Sealman is a partner in the M&A practice at White & Case, where she specializes in the emerging technology, life sciences and venture capital industries. Her work is very well received by the market, where she is recognized for her part in leading multibillion dollar crossborder acquisitions, including REE Automotive’s $3.6 billion go-public acquisition by 10X Capital Venture Acquisition Corp.  


Women Leaders 2022 Profiles 

The below list contains links to Women Leaders organized by firm. 

If you have questions about the research process, please contact Chynna Lewis: chynna.lewis@iflr1000.com 

If you would like to discuss how we can help you promote you or your firm's achievements, please contact Emily Kyriacou: emily.kyriacou@euromoneyplc.com 


Cahill Gordon & Reindel

Jennifer Ezring

Kimberly Petillo-Décossard


Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton

Elizabeth Lenas

Francesca Odell

Margaret Pepnois

Kimberly Spoerri


Cravath Swaine & Moore

Ting Chen

Tatiana Lapushchik

Faiza Saeed


Davis Polk & Wardwell

Vanessa Jackson

Deanna Kirkpatrick

Jai Massari

Margaret Tahyar

Nora Jordan



Laura Swihart


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Madlyn Gleich Primoff

Melissa Raciti-Knapp


Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson

Dorothy Mehta


Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Barbara Becker

Linda Curtis


Kirkland & Ellis

Erica Berthou

Melissa Hutson

Linda Myers

Jennifer Perkins


Latham & Watkins

Stephanie Teicher


Mayer Brown

Julie Gillespie

Carol Hitselberger

Anna Pinedo

Elizabeth Raymond



Carolina Walther-Meade


Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Joanne Soslow


Paul Hastings

Cathleen McLaughlin


Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison

Taurie Zeitzer


Ropes & Gray

Laurel FitzPatrick

Leigh Fraser

Jane Goldstein

Julie Jones

Amanda Morrison


Schulte Roth & Zabel

Stephanie Breslow


Shearman & Sterling

Lisa Jacobs

Donna Parisi

Antonia Stolper

Cynthia Urda Kassis


Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Elizabeth Cooper

Jennifer Hobbs

Kathryn King Sudol

Marni Lerner

Roxane Reardon


Skadden Arps Slate & Meagher

Sonia Nijjar

Elieen Nugent

Allison Schneirov


Sullivan & Cromwell

Alison Ressler


Weil Gotshal & Manges

Marilyn French Shaw


White & Case

Germaine Gurr

Arlene Hahn

Dolly Mirchandani

Michelle Rutta

Tali Sealman


Willkie Farr & Gallagher

Rosalind Fahey Kruse



Franca Harris Gutierrez