June 23, 2016

Jenner & Block Partners Lynn Grayson and Susan Kohlmann have been recognized by Euromoney Legal Media Group as women who are “leading the field in the legal sector across the Americas.”  The fifth annual Americas Women In Business Law Awards took place on June 9, 2016.  Ms. Grayson and Ms. Kohlmann were honored in the individual practice area awards that celebrate the best lawyers in each field.

Ms.  Grayson won the “Best in Environment” award, naming her the top female lawyer in environmental law for her extensive work as litigator and counselor to a number of Fortune 500 companies, as well as her service as an environmental risk manager and defender against natural resource damage claims.  She was recognized for successfully defending an aerospace and defense company against a CERCLA Section 104(e) information request related to a Superfund site by securing indemnification from a former owner to fund the potentially multi-million dollar liabilities.  Ms. Grayson also led the international environmental due diligence for the sale of Archer Daniels Midlands’ global chocolate business to Cargill for $440 million in addition to the $1.3 billion sale of its global cocoa business to Olam International.  

Ms. Grayson serves as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives and was past chair of both the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women of the Law and CBA’s Alliance for Women, confirming her commitment to diversity in the legal profession as well as the advancement of women.

Ms. Kohlmann, managing partner of the firm’s New York office, chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and member of the Policy Committee, was shortlisted for the “Best in Copyright” award for her consistent counsel on complex matters in copyright disputes.  Most recently, she and the firm secured a win for the Estate of Elaine Steinbeck, the late wife of novelist John Steinbeck, when a judge dismissed with prejudice the latest copyright lawsuit filed by Steinbeck’s biological son and granddaughter, Thomas Steinbeck and Blake Smyle.  At issue was Thomas’ attempt to exercise certain termination rights under the copyright laws following Elaine’s death and the subsequent transfer of control over Steinbeck’s works to her daughter. Thomas’ attempt to exercise these rights have triggered several lawsuits, all of which were successfully litigated by the firm.

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