February 21, 2024

Amanda Amert, Debra Bogo-Ernst and Barbara Grayson have been named among the “2024 Notable Women in Law” by Crain’s Chicago Business. The annual editorial feature recognizes the top female lawyers in the Chicago metropolitan area for their expertise and achievements in the law as well as their impact as mentors within their firms and communities outside the office.

Amanda, Debra and Barbara were profiled in a series showcasing more than 140 senior-level practitioners who are “making their mark on the law.”

Amanda Amert is a partner in Willkie’s Litigation Department and Chair of the Firm’s ERISA Litigation Group. Crain’s recognized her role helping to launch Willkie’s Chicago office in 2020 and overseeing it’s growth from six to nearly 90 lawyers, with women making up approximately half of the office’s partners. The publication also noted her success in a class action suit on behalf of Aon, and her role representing Northwestern University in Hughes v. Northwestern.

Debra Bogo-Ernst is a partner in Willkie’s Litigation Department and Chair of the Firm’s Class Action Litigation Practice. Crain’s highlighted her decades of experience in class actions and other high-stakes, complex litigation cases, including her 2023 summary judgment win in a bank fee case for Simmons Bank in US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. The publication also noted her leadership at Willkie as a hiring partner and member of the Women’s Professional Development Committee.

Barbara Grayson is a partner and Midwest Chair of Willkie’s Private Wealth Group. Crain’s recognized her work advising influential individuals, families and family-owned businesses regarding estate planning, wealth transfer and charitable activities. The publication also emphasized her professional achievements in helping to advance diversity, as well as her impact on the board of the Chicago Zoological Society and the councils of Goodman Theatre and the Lyric Opera.

Read Crain’s Chicago Business “2024 Notable Women in Law” here (subscription may be required).