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Morrison & Foerster Recognized by Euromoney LMG as Best International Firm for Diversity

Barbara Mendelson also named Banking and Finance Attorney of the Year

17 Sep 2020

Euromoney LMG has recognized Morrison & Foerster as the Best International Firm for Diversity as part of its 2020 Americas Women in Business Law Awards. New York partner Barbara Mendelson has also been selected as the Banking and Finance Attorney of the Year. The publication awarded her Best in Financial Services in 2019 and 2017, as well as shortlisted her every year in the category since 2012.

The awards, organized by Legal Media Group, recognize the firms advancing diversity in the profession and the lawyers providing exemplary services and driving success for their practices. For more than 40 years, MoFo has been committed to creating a culture that respects and celebrates differences, while providing an inclusive environment where everyone’s contributions are valued. By each bringing our diverse experiences to work, we strengthen the quality of the service that we provide to our clients, the legal profession, and our communities. Further supporting the significance of the firm’s diversity efforts, Law360 ranked MoFo among the top three “601+ lawyers” firms for attorneys of color in its 2020 Diversity Snapshot. We were additionally ranked second in Law360’s list of biggest firms with the most diverse equity partners.

Recognized by peers and clients alike, Barbara is a distinguished banking lawyer who, for more than 30 years, has represented international banks and their affiliates in their U.S. operations and has been instrumental in assisting them to enter the U.S. market and expand their U.S. footprint. Barbara excels in understanding her clients’ businesses in order to help them negotiate the U.S. regulatory environment. Speaking to her success, in 2020, she was named Compliance Lawyer of the Year by C5’s Women in Compliance Awards; Lawyer of the Year for Financial Services Regulation Law (New York City) by Best Lawyers in America in 2019 and 2013; Notable Woman in Law by Crain’s New York Business in 2019. Additionally this year, Barbara has been recognized by leading directories including Chambers & PartnersLegal 500IFLR1000Best Lawyers and Who’s Who Legal.

You can view Euromoney LMG’s press release about these two recognitions here.

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