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Jenner & Block New York Managing Partner Susan J. Kohlmann and retired partner Joan M. Hall are listed among the publications' 2018 National Women in Law Award recipients. Ms. Kohlmann is one of seven women recognized in the Collaborative Leadership category and Ms. Hall is one of six women recognized in the Life Time Achievement category. The women selected are “general counsel, in-house leaders and law firm partners who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the empowerment of women.”
In addition to serving as managing partner of Jenner & Block’s New York office, Ms. Kohlmann chairs the firm’s Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice. She also serves as chair of the Diversity Committee and is a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. In a question-and-answer profile, Ms. Kohlmann discusses her career path, her biggest business-related concerns and valuable career advice she has been given. Speaking of leadership, Ms. Kohlmann says that “to be a leader is a privilege and responsibility. Throughout my career, I have learned that the best leaders are those who lead by example and take the time to encourage others to achieve as part of a team. The best leaders are also those who embrace new ideas, are willing to take risks, as well as responsibility to let others shine.”
Ms. Hall was an active partner with Jenner & Block for 34 years. She was the second woman hired at the firm as a practicing lawyer. Her many accomplishments include serving as the first woman chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, the first woman to serve as chair of the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and the third woman ever to be elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. She also was the first female chair of Jenner & Block’s Hiring Committee and the first female member of the firm’s Executive Committee.