Three Katten attorneys were named to Crain Chicago Business's 2020 Notable Women in Law list. Co-chair and partner of the global Mergers and Acquisitions and Private Equity practices, Kimberly Smith, co-chair and partner of the Health Care Transactions and Compliance practice, Laura Keidan Martin, and Mergers and Acquisitions partner and chief diversity partner, Leslie Minier, all received the honor and were featured in Crain's for their contributions to the legal profession, including their work supporting women in the field of law.
Crain's writes: "That there are 124 attorneys on this list speaks to the rising influence of women in the legal field. These lawyers represent almost every major firm and type of practice, from fundamentals such as real estate and employment law to newer fields such as cybersecurity, gaming and cannabis."
Kimberly participates in the Katten Women Leadership Forum's national mentoring panel. Laura chaired the Katten Women's Leadership Forum for several years, until the end of 2019. Leslie serves on the National Association of Women Lawyers Board and is co-chair of Katten's Diversity Committee.
According to Crain's, Kimberly, Laura and Leslie and other notable women are"…expanding the role of the women's resource group to make sure that young associates get the skills and confidence they need to succeed. And they reach beyond their firms to support young girls, law school students, asylum seekers and disabled people."
Read, "Crain's 2020 Notable Women in Law," in its entirety.