October 07, 2022

Partner Susan J. Kohlmann was named “Attorney of the Year” on October 6, 2022, by the New York Law Journal.

The New York Law Journal’s profile highlighted her “outstanding case work” and her leadership role in the firm, having served as New York office managing partner until April 2022. Ms. Kohlmann then took on the presidency of the New York City Bar Association and also serves as board chair for the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest.

Ms. Kohlmann’s work for clients Paramount Global and Diageo North America was noted in the profile, with Diageo’s associate counsel lauding her work. “Her legal acumen is astute as she gently dismantles witnesses with her scalpel-like questions,” said Jordan Razza. Her “calm demeanor grounds her team (and her clients) and her interest in training younger lawyers comes through in the opportunities and mentoring she provides. Susan creates a collaborative, positive environment for everyone, except, possibly, opposing counsel.”

Ms. Kohlmann said, “Being a good leader is in many ways excelling at being a good team player: supporting, trusting and cultivating the incredible talent around me, being open, recognizing what I don’t know and what may not be working, embracing change and shared goals with enthusiasm, listening well and taking action.”

Ms. Kohlmann offered advice to lawyers starting their careers: “Don’t sell yourself short, seize the opportunities as they come, enjoy life and have fun.”