The Burton Awards Announces the 2015 Distinguished Legal Writing Awards Law Firm Winners


April 16, 2015

New York, New York: The finest law firm writers of 2015 have been announced by the Burton Awards, a non-profit program, which is run in association with the Library of Congress. The 35 winners were 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 run in association with the Library of Congress, celebrates its Sixteenth Anniversary. The award ceremony will be followed by a reception, dinner, gala and performance by Emmy and Tony award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Additionally, we are honored that U.S. Supreme Court Justine Sonia Sotomayor will speak, and Robert Katzmann, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, will be a part of the program.

The honorary and distinguished Board of Directors of the Burton Awards program includes: 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; Michael Bennett, United States Senator; Thomas L. Sager, Partner, Ballard, Spahr LLP, Les Parrette, SVP and General Counsel, Novelis Inc, and Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper.

The 2015 Law Firm winners are:

Law Firm Author(s) Article Title
Alston & Bird Kimberly Peretti, Jessica Corley, Kelley Barnaby, Lauren Tapson Cybersecurity: What Directors Need to Know in an Era of Increased Scrutiny
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Peter J. Isajiw, John C. Vazquez Cybersecurity Risks Reviewed: Directors and Officers Must Be Proactive and Prepared
Covington & Burling LLP Simon J. Frankel, Ethan Forrest “Why Should That Matter?’’ The Potentially Dramatic Copyright Implications of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Aereo Decision
Crowell & Moring LLP Robert T. Rhoad Ethical Issues Arising in Healthcare Fraud Investigations and False Claims Act Qui Tam Cases
Davis Wright Tremaine Christin McMeley, John D. Seiver A Look at How Technology Is Transforming The Application of the VPPA to Digital Media
Dickstein Shapiro LLP James R. Martin Fermat’s Principle and the FTAIA: What Courts Can Learn From Optics
DLA Piper LLP (US) Philip F. Zeidman With the Best of Intentions: Observations on the International Regulation of Franchising
Duane Morris LLP Joseph M. Burton 4 Steps to Getting Serious About Law Firm Cybersecurity
Epstein Becker Green Rene Y. Quashie, Ross K. Friedberg Navigating the Telehealth Landscape: Legal & Regulatory Issues
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto Dominick A. Conde, Dennis Aeling De Novo Review of Patent Claim Construction
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Marc Fagel,Lauren Escher A Harbinger of the SEC’s Tough New Approach to Public Company Reporting Fraud
Hollingsworth LLP Donald W. Fowler, Richard O. Faulk Federal Clean Air Act Preemption of Public Nuisance Claims: The Case for Supreme Court Resolution
Hunton & Williams LLP William F. Brownell,Scott J. Stone The Hard Reality for International Climate Agreements in the United States
Husch Blackwell Edward Manzo The Impact of the America Invents Act on Trade Secrets
Jenner & Block Craig C. Martin,Sara Tonnies Horton Patent Eligibility of 3D Printed Organs Will Soon Be an Issue
Kaye Scholer LLP H. Peter Haveles Jr. The CFTC Overreaches in Its Interpretation of the Anti-Manipulation Provisions Adopted in Dodd-Frank
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP Ted Davis,Jaclyn T. Shanks POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola Co.: The Supreme Court Juices Up Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act
King & Spalding LLP David L. Balser, Johnathan R. Chally, Lawrence A. Slovensky, Zachary A. McEntyre Interlocutory Appeal of Class Certification Decisions Under Rule 23(f): An Untapped Resource
Kramer Levin Natfalis & Frankel LLP Paul Schoeman, Eric Tirschwell, Philip Ellenbogen Separate Representation for Employees in Investigations: A Delicate Line
Mayer Brown Mark Leeds The Harder They Come: An Overview of Financial Instrument And Institution Provisions in the Ways and Means 2014 Tax Reform Proposals
McDermott Will & Emery Joseph K. Urwitz View From McDermott: What Private Equity and Hedge Funds (and Their Benefit Plan Investors) Should Know About ERISA
Morrison & Foerster Christine Lyon, Melissa Crespo Employer Access to Employee Social Media: Applicant Screening, ‘Friend’ Requests and Workplace Investigations
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Brian E. Finch Series on Cyber Security
Proskauer Rose LLP Ron Meisburg, Jon L. Dueltgen NLRB—Much Ado About Work Rules and Social Media Policies
Pryor Cashman LLP Todd E. Soloway, Joshua D. Bernstein, Eric D. Dowell Enforceability of Indefinite Terms In Real Estate Contracts
Ropes & Gray LLP Colleen Conry, Alexandre H. Rene, Anthony C. Biagioli Trade Secret Traps for the Unwary: Potential Corp. Criminal Liability as U.S. Trade Secrets Enforcement Accelerates
Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Gary Stein Pension Forfeiture and Prosecutorial Policy-Making
Sidley Austin LLP Joel S. Feldman, Daniel R. Thies Comcast’s Lasting Impact: Crystallization and Affirmation of the Rule 23(b)(3) Predominance Requirement
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP Steven R. Glaser Statutes of Limitations for Equitable and Remedial Relief in SEC Enforcement Actions
Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP Steven W. Rabitz DOL Re-Opens Brokerage Window Inquiry: Will It Clear the Air or Leave Participants in ‘Pane’?
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Nicolas de Boynes Exit Taxation in the EU After DMC
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP Glenn D. West That Pesky Little Thing Called Fraud
White & Case Stefan Mentzer, Priya Srinivasan 9th Circ. Made 3 Errors In ‘Innocence Of Muslims’
Wiley Rein LLP Ralph J. Caccia, Scott D. Delacourt, Gregory M. Williams, P. Nicholas Peterson Telecommunications Industry in the Government’s FCPA Crosshairs
WilmerHale Amanda L. Major, Johnathan Uffelman A Practitioner’s Guide to Post-Octane Fitness Decisions: The New Landscape of Section 285 Attorney Fees


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.”