The Burton Awards Announces the 2014 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards Law Firm Winners


April 18, 2014

New York, New York: The finest law firm writers of 2014 have been announced by the Burton Awards, a non-profit program, which is run in association with the Library of Congress. The thirty winners were, once again, chosen from the nominations submitted by the nation’s top 1,000 most prestigious and largest law firms.

The Academic Board, which reviewed articles published within the past year, was led by Virginia Wise, Harvard Law School; Philip M. Genty, Columbia Law School; Jeanne Merino, Stanford Law School; Judge Ed Forstenzer, California’s Superior Court (retired); William Ryan, former Chair of the White House Plain Language Committee and William C. Burton, author of Burton’s Legal Thesaurus and Founder and Chair of the event.

This year, our non-profit program, which is a non-profit effort run in association with the Library of Congress, celebrates its Fifteenth Anniversary. The awards ceremony will be followed by a pre-dinner reception, Gala, and performance by comedian, actor, and television host Jay Leno. Additionally this year, we are honored to present Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit with the “Reform in Law Award” for his work with the Immigrant Justice Corps project.

The honorary and distinguished members of the Burton Awards Board of Directors include the following leaders in law: Judge Richard Posner, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit; Chief Alex Kozinski, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the 9th Circuit; Judith Kaye, former Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals (retired); John Cornyn, United States Senator; Robert P. Casey, Jr., United States Senator; Mike Crapo, United States Senator; Spencer Bachus, United States Congressman; Thomas L. Sager, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Keith C. Wetmore, Chair Emeritus, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Dennis Smith, former State Senator and member of the Missouri Judiciary Committee, Missouri Legislature; and Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper.Director of Administration, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper; and Dennis Smith, Former Senator and Member of the Judiciary Committee, Missouri Legislature.

The 2014 Law Firm winners are:

Law Firm Author(s) Article Title
Brinks Gilson & Lione Marc Richards Three Years After Bilski
Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC Suzanne M. Dugan Ethics and Fiduciary Issues for Public Pension Plans: Lessons Learned
Dechert LLP Alan D. Berkowitz

Linda B. Dwoskin

Jane Patullo

It’s 9:00 A.M. Do You Know Where Your Employees Are? The Legal Implications of Telecommuting
DLA Piper LLP (US) Neil Dilloff Law School Training: Bridging the Gap Between Legal Education and the Practice of Law
Dorsey & Whitney LLP Jocelyn Knoll

Shannon Bjorklund

Force Majeure and Climate Change: What is the New Normal
Duane Morris LLP Paul J. Killion Warning: The Internet May Contain Traces of Nuts (Or, When and How to Cite to Internet Sources)
Epstein Becker Green Kara Maciel

Adam Solander

For Employers With High Turnover and Large Numbers of Seasonal Workers, the ACA Creates Unique Compliance Issues
Faegre Baker Daniels Norman G. Tabler, Jr. Advantages of Captive Insurance Programs for Health Systems (And Not Just Lower Premiums)
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto Nina Shreve

Lori A. Wolfe

All three branches of the US government weigh in on patent trolls
Hollingsworth LLP Eric G. Lasker

Rebecca A. Womeldorf

Prescription Drug Products Liability Litigation and Punitive Damages Preemption
Hunton & Williams LLP Kevin J. White

Terence G. Connor

The Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions: A Critique of the EEOC Guidance
Kaye Scholer LLP Lori Leskin

Aaron Levine

Avoiding Food Fraud
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Bruce R. Kraus, Esq.

Connor Raso, Esq.

Rational Boundaries for SEC Cost-Benefit Analysis
King & Spalding Philip R. Weems

Monica Hwang

Overview of issues common to structuring, negotiating and documenting LNG projects
The Kogan Law Group, P.C. Lawrence A. Kogan

Prof. Lucas Bergkamp, Partner at Hunton & Williams, Brussels, Belgium

Trade, the Precautionary Principle, and Post-Modern Regulatory Process
Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith John G. Browning Keep Your ‘Friends’ Close and Your Enemies Closer: Walking the Ethical Tightrope in the Use of Social Media
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP Charles Jackson

Gregory Abrams

Emily Glunz

EEOC’s Updated Enforcement Guidance on the Use of Arrest and Conviction Records in Employment Decisions: Developments in Year One
Morrison & Foerster LLP Charles S. Barquist Challenging Validity in the PTO Under the 2011 America Invents Act
Mound, Cotton, Wollan & Greengrass Michael R. Koblenz

Kenneth M. Labbate

Carrie C. Turner

LIBOR: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask
O’Melveny & Myers LLP David Almeling Recent Trade Secret Reform — And What Else Should Change
Paul Hastings LLP Nathaniel Edmonds

Palmina Fava

Morgan Miller

FCPA Declinations: How to Maximize Your Chance to Get a Pass When a Corruption Problem Occurs
Perkins Coie LLP Andrew Shipley Remove Your Case to Federal Court: Lesser Known Options
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Eric Fishman The Sanity Clause
Proskauer Rose LLP Steven Pearlman A Year in Review: A Transformative Year in Whistleblowing & Retaliation
Reed Smith LLP James C. Martin

Colin E. Wrabley

Using Privately Provided Out-Of-Court Relief to Defeat Class Certification
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Howard B. Epstein

Theodore A. Keyes

Insuring Against Cyber Risks: Coverage, Exclusions, Considerations
Squire Sanders J. Brady Dugan

Diarmuid Ryan

Peter Alfano

The World Has Changed: Global Cartel Enforcement Brings New Risks
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Jeffrey D. Hochberg

Michael Orchowski

What Looks the Same May Not Be the Same: The Tax Treatment of Securities Reopenings
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Paul Dutka Defending 1933 Act Claims: Rewriting The Playbook After Fait v. Regions Fin. Corp.
White & Case LLP Owen Pell

J. D. Bindenagel

How to Handle That Nazi-Era Art Trove


The Burton Awards, established in 1999, is funded by the Burton Foundation, a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. The Burton Awards was established to honor the finest accomplishments in law, including writing, reform, public service and interest, regulatory innovation, and lifetime achievements in the profession.


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WILLIAM C. BURTON, ESQ., Founder and Chair

The Founder and Chair of The Burton Awards for Legal Achievement is William C. Burton, Esq., a partner in the law firm of Sagat|Burton LLP. He is a former New York State Assistant Attorney General, a former New York State Assistant Special Prosecutor, and is the author of the first legal thesaurus ever written for the legal profession, entitled BURTON’S LEGAL THESAURUS. The book is now in its 5th edition and quickly approaching its 35th anniversary. When the book was released, the Association of American Publishers recognized it as “one of the Most Innovative and Creative Projects of the year.” In 2011, Mr. Burton was presented the highest honor given by the second largest association of law professors in America, The Legal Writing Institute. He was recognized for “significantly advancing the cause of legal writing in the profession of law.” More recently, he was awarded the “Blackstone Award” by the Friends of the Law Library of Congress, for “embodying and promoting the best ideals of the institution.”