Glass Ceiling? Not at MoFo

MoFo women don't let barriers stop them. They head teams that bring and defend groundbreaking cases; they lead cutting-edge practices; and they are nationally and internationally recognized as the best of the best by clients, competitors, and colleagues. They bring tremendous value to our firm, our clients, and our profession. The example they set with their excellence, and the recognition they earn, sends a strong signal to other women about MoFo and the type of firm we strive to be.

Raising the Bar: Recent Recognition of Our Women Lawyers

  • Working Mother magazine named MoFo one of 2019’s Best Law Firms for Women and included the firm in its inaugural Hall of Fame list. The annual list recognizes the top U.S. law firms with reduced-hours programs and work-life balance initiatives that support the retention and advancement of women lawyers.
  • In 2019, Yale Law Women named MoFo one its Top 10 Firms for both Gender Equity and Family Friendliness. From 2014 to 2017, MoFo was named to its Top 10 Family Friendly Firms List and in 2018 the firm was named to its inaugural Top 10 Female Friendly Firms list.
  • MoFo won the award for Law Firm of the Year for Promoting Flexible Working Environments and Innovative Programs for Mothers at the 2017 Chambers Women in Law Awards: USA.
  • Since 2013, MoFo has received a Gold Level Award from the Healthy Mothers Workplace Coalition for our dedication to creating a work environment that is friendly to working mothers.
  • For eight consecutive years, MoFo has received Gold Standard Certification from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum in recognition of the integration of women into leadership roles.
  • At the 2015 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards, MoFo was recognized as having the Most Valuable Mentoring Program for Women Lawyers. We were honored for our “special dedication to raising awareness for the cause of women in law and success in changing the landscape of the legal community.”
  • Euromoney Legal Media Group recognized MoFo as the Best International Law Firm for Work-Life Balance at the 2014 Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
  • In 2018, The Daily Journal named San Francisco partners Susan Mac Cormac and Stefani Shanberg and Los Angeles partner Elizabeth Sluder to its list of Top Women Lawyers in California. This is the fifth year for both Susan and Stefani and the first year Elizabeth was selected to receive this honor.
  • The California Diversity Council recognized firmwide managing partner Tessa Schwartz as one of its 2017 Top 50 Women Lawyers.
  • Asian Legal Business named Shirin Tang Woman Lawyer of the Year as part of its 2018 SE Asia Law Awards.
  • In 2018, the San Francisco Business Times profiled Susan Mac Cormac as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.
  • Washington, D.C. partner Natalie Fleming Nolen was selected as a 2017 women’s executive leadership fellow with the Impact Center, a leadership development organization for high-impact individuals and institutions. Previous MoFo fellows include Obrea Poindexter, Ruti Smithline, Stacey Sprenkel, and Janet Xiao.
  • San Francisco partner Alexis Amezcua was appointed MoFo's 2016 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) fellow. As part of her fellowship, Alexis will participate in a year-long leadership development program. MoFo has participated in the fellowship program since its founding in 2011. Tritia M. Murata, Purvi Patel, and Sylvia Rivera are among the firm’s previous LCLD fellows.
  • In 2015, The National Law Journal named Obrea Poindexter to its inaugural list of Outstanding Women Lawyers.
  • Savoy Magazine named Obrea Poindexter to its list of the Most Influential Black Lawyers for 2015. The list represents the “best of the best” among black lawyers who are partners at leading law firms or corporate counsel at Fortune 1000 corporations.


  • Global Competition Review named Roxann Henry one of its 150 Women in Antitrust for 2016.
  • The National Law Journal named Roxann Henry to its 2016 list of Antitrust and M&A Trailblazers.

Appellate + Supreme Court

  • In 2017, Law360 named Deanne Maynard an appellate MVP.
  • Miriam A. Vogel was inducted into the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers in 2014 in recognition of her skills as an appellate lawyer and her professional integrity. She joins MoFo colleague Deanne Maynard, who became a member of the academy in 2012.
  • Deanne Maynard received the Outstanding Contribution to Pro Bono Work Award at the 2014 Chambers USA Women in Law Awards in recognition of her efforts to ensure that the interests of diverse pro bono clients are heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.


  • Turnarounds & Workouts listed Jennifer Marines as an Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyer in 2018. This is the third year Jennifer was selected to receive this honor.
  • In 2017, Law360 named New York partner Jennifer Marines a Bankruptcy Rising Star. This is the second year Jennifer has received this honor.


  • Susan Mac Cormac received the 2016 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year award from the Daily Journal.
  • In 2016, Susan Mac Cormac was honored with the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s National Public Service Award for her pro bono work with non-profits and enterprises that serve low-income individuals.

Employment + Labor

  • Karen Kubin was included on the Daily Journal’s list of the Top 2018 Labor & Employment Lawyers. She was also included from 2010 to 2012.

Financial Service Regulation

  • MoFo was named the Best Regulatory Law Firm of the Year at the 2016 C5 Women in Compliance Awards. The awards, which were held in London, recognize and celebrate the successes and achievements of women compliance professionals from across the corporate spectrum.
  • Euromoney named Barbara Mendelson Best in Financial Regulation at the 2017 Euromoney Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
  • Barbara Mendelson was awarded a Lawyer of the Year designation by Best Lawyers in America in the financial services regulation law category in 2013.

Impact Investing

  • In 2015, the Financial Times named Susan Mac Cormac the Most Innovative Individual Lawyer in North America.

Intellectual Property

  • The Daily Journal recognized Stefani Shanberg as a 2018 Top Intellectual Property lawyer.
  • In 2017, The National Law Journal named San Francisco partner Diana Kruze an Intellectual Property Trailblazer.
  • Kate Murashige and Catherine Polizzi were named to Managing Intellectual Property’s inaugural list of the Top 250 Women in IP.

Life Sciences

  • Catherine Polizzi was named to The Daily Journal’s 2018 list of the California’s top intellectual property lawyers.


  • Benchmark Litigation named Carrie Cohen and Deanne Maynard to its 2018 list of Top 250 Women in Litigation.
  • Global Investigations Review  named Carrie Cohen, Demme Doufekias, and Ruti Smithline to its prestigious list of top 2018 Women in Investigations.
  • The Daily Journal recognized Stacey Sprenkel on its 2018 list of the Top 40 Under 40 lawyers in California.
  • Carrie Cohen was named a 2016 Litigation Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.
  • San Francisco partner Diana Kruze made the list of the Daily Journal’s 2016 Top 40 Under 40 lawyers in California.
  • Global Investigations Review named Ruti Smithline to its inaugural list of 40 Under 40.

Mergers + Acquisitions

  • Washington, D.C. partner Lauren Bellerjeau was named a 2017 Mergers & Acquisitions Rising Star by Law360.
  • Lauren Bellerjeau received a 2016 Emerging Leader award from The M&A Advisor.
  • The M&A Advisor International Awards named Jackie Liu the 2014 Legal Advisor of the Year.
  • Jackie Liu was named one of Law360’s 2013 Rising Stars.

Privacy + Data Security

  • The Financial Times honored New York partner Miriam Wugmeister as one of 2016’s 10 most innovative lawyers in North America.
  • The National Law Journal named Miriam Wugmeister to its 2016 list of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazers.
  • Miriam Wugmeister was named to Ethisphere’s 2012 Attorneys Who Matter list as a leading data privacy and security lawyer.


  • At the 2015 European Women in Business Law Awards, Euromoney Legal Media Group singled out Sonia Girgis as its Rising Star in Tax. This is second year in a row that she’s been honored.
  • Hollis Hyans was named to State Tax Notes’ inaugural Top 10 Tax Lawyers list in 2011.


  • Euromoney Legal Media Group named Vivian Hanson "Best in Technology" as part of its 2018 Americas Women in Business Law Awards.
  • The Recorder named Catherine Polizzi and Stefani Shanberg to its 2017 Women Leaders in Tech Law List.


  • New York partner Carrie Cohen was named to the New York Law Journal’s 2016 inaugural list of the Top Women in Law.
  • In 2016, Carrie Cohen was presented the Commercial & Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association’s First Annual Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom.

Yale Law Women has named MoFo to its annual Top 10 Family Friendly Firms lists for four consecutive years.

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