Partner Susan J. Kohlmann has been nominated as president of the New York City Bar Association. She is managing partner of Jenner & Block’s New York office; a litigator in its Content, Media and Entertainment Practice; co-chair of its Trademark, Advertising and Unfair Competition Practice; a member of the Policy Committee, the firm’s governing body; chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; and a member of its Pro Bono Committee. In addition to her extensive experience in jury and bench trials and arbitration proceedings, she has broad experience briefing and arguing appeals in the New York appellate courts and several federal circuit courts.
Clients seek Ms. Kohlmann’s counsel on a wide variety of complex matters, including copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes. She also has represented companies in various class action and other complex commercial matters. She has been recognized for her client advocacy and leadership by The American Lawyer, Chambers USA, Legal 500, Managing Intellectual Property, The National Law Journal, and New York Law Journal.
At the City Bar, Ms. Kohlmann recently completed a one-year term as a vice president, and has served as chair of its Women in the Legal Profession Committee and its Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and as a member of its Nominating, Pro Bono and Legal Services, Lawyer’s Quality of Life, and Stimson Medal Committees.
“I have been fortunate to have worked alongside great individuals at the New York City Bar Association while serving as vice president and on various committees during the course of my career, and I am honored now to be nominated as president of the City Bar,” said Ms. Kohlmann. “I look forward to working with the board of directors, committee leaders, and staff to continue to develop programs and opportunities for our diverse legal profession in order to uphold the rule of law and provide access to justice in support of a fair society.”
Ms. Kohlmann maintains an active pro bono practice, in areas including reproductive and veterans’ rights. She serves as chair of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, and is a past chair and board member of Legal Services NYC.
If elected, Ms. Kohlmann will be the 70th president of the association, which has approximately 24,000 members and is one of the most active and vocal attorney groups about current events. The election will take place at the City Bar’s annual meeting on May 17, 2022.