Willkie Joins Law Firm Antiracism Alliance

Willkie has signed on as a member of the newly created Law Firm Antiracism Alliance (LFAA), which is comprised of over 125 law firms that have pledged to contribute significant pro bono resources to combat racism in the law.

As noted in its charter, LFAA seeks to “leverage the resources of the private bar in partnership with legal services organizations to amplify the voices of communities and individuals oppressed by racism, to better use the law as a vehicle for change that benefits communities of color and to promote racial equity in the law.” The charter underscores that “lawyers and law firms are uniquely positioned to analyze and advocate to change laws and policies that encourage, perpetuate or allow racial injustice” and that “recent events have affirmed and highlighted the need and responsibility for law firms to do more in partnership with legal services organizations to identify and dismantle structural or systemic racism in the law.”

The LFAA will facilitate large-scale, coordinated pro bono projects that are both immediate and long-term in scope, and member firms will dedicate substantial pro bono resources to initiatives that address systemic racism. It is anticipated that the collaborative efforts of law firms, legal services organizations and other sectors of the legal profession will create more meaningful and lasting change than through firms acting independently.

Willkie Shortlisted for Eight Middle Market Awards 2020 by The Deal

Willkie has been shortlisted for eight awards at the upcoming Deal Middle Market Awards, recognizing leading lawyers, bankers, investors and advisers in middle-market transactions. The firm and several attorneys individually are named to the shortlist for the following awards:

  • Energy & Industrials Law Firm of the Year – Willkie View profile

  • Financial Services Law Firm of the Year – Willkie View profile

  • Technology, Media & Telecom Law Firm of the Year – Willkie

  • Private Equity Adviser of the Year – Jeffrey Poss

  • Energy & Industrials Dealmaker of the Year – Michael De Voe Piazza View profile

  • Energy & Industrials Dealmaker of the Year – Jay Hughes View profile

  • Healthcare, Pharma & Biotech Dealmaker of the Year – Matthew Rizzo View profile

  • Technology, Media & Telecom Dealmaker of the Year – Matthew Guercio

 

Additionally, Willkie is recognized for its representation in the following deals shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Consumer, Retail, Food & Beverage Deal of the Year: Hudson’s Bay sells Lord & Taylor to Le Tote: Outside Counsel – Willkie

  • Energy & Industrials Deal of the Year: Greenbrier acquires manufacturing business of American Railcar Industries: Outside Counsel – Willkie

  • Energy & Industrials Deal of the Year: Huntsman adds FFL Partners-backed Icynene-Lapolla: Outside Counsel – Willkie

  • Restructuring Deal of the Year: Aegerion Pharmaceuticals: Legal Counsel – Willkie