2023 Awards Gala

Congratulations to the 2023 Awards Gala Honorees

Thank you for joining another spectacular celebration! Hundreds of WWCDA Members, colleagues, clients, men, women, and other members of the white collar defense and greater legal community gathered for a night of celebration honoring champions elevating women + promoting diversity in the white collar field. A special thank you to Former U.S. Attorney General, Loretta Lynch who was a fantastic emcee.

Congratulations to the 2023 Honorees

WWCDA Champion Award

The Honorable Beryl A. Howell, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
The Honorable Beryl A. Howell
U.S. District Court for the
District of Columbia

Lisa MonacoLisa O. Monaco
Deputy Attorney General

United States Department of Justice

WWCDA Laurie A. Miller Leadership Award

Patricia Brown Holmes, Managing Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

Patricia Brown Holmes

Managing Partner, Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP

WWCDA Group Award


WWCDA Catherine M. O’Neil
Mentoring Award

Alyssa Hughes, Associate, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Alyssa Hughes
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

WWCDA Justice Ginsburg
Law Student Award

Swapanthi Mandalika, Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2023, University of Alabama
Swapanthi Mandalika
Candidate for Juris Doctor, 2023
University of Alabama

WWCDA Chapter Award

WWCDA London Chapter Crest

London Chapter

WWCDA Phoenix Chapter Crest

Phoenix Chapter

Master of Ceremonies

Loretta Lynch

Loretta Lynch, Former U.S. Attorney General
Partner, Paul Weiss

Program Speakers 

Juliette Pryor
 Juliette W. Pryor
Executive Vice President,
Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Lowe's

Kathy Ruemmler
Kathy Ruemmler
Chief Legal Officer
Goldman Sachs
Former White House Counsel

Steve Reed
Steve Reed
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
BrightSpring Health Services

Cynthia Randall
Cynthia Randall
Deputy General Counsel and
Head of Litigation,

Professor Heather Elliott
Heather Elliott
Professor of Law
University of Alabama

Karen Popp
Karen Popp
WWCDA Global Chair & Founder
Partner, Sidley Austin
Susan Bozorgi
Susan Bozorgi
WWCDA Global Vice Chair
Managing Partner, Bozorgi Law PLLC

Michelle Shapiro
Michelle J. Shapiro
WWCDA Global Vice Chair
Partner, ArentFox Schiff LLP

Hanna Bornstein
Hanna Bornstein
WWCDA Awards Program
Committee Chair
Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Payal Salsburg
Payal Salsburg
WWCDA Awards Program
Committee Vice Chair
Partner, Laredo & Smith, LLP

Dixie Johnson
Dixie L. Johnson
Partner, King & Spalding LLP


Contact us at gala@wwcda.org

Past Award Galas

The WWCDA Awards Program recognizes women, men and groups who have championed women while making outstanding contributions in the White Collar area, including Defense, Government Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance.

Look back on the spectacular galas of the past.

WWCDA Awards Gala and Annual Sponsors

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. Attendees must be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test (taken within 24 hours of the event). In accordance with local regulations, masks are optional. By accepting this invitation, you are confirming that you will only attend the event if you comply with these requirements and that you will not attend the event if you feel unwell or experience any COVID symptoms. Please note that while WWCDA is putting in place a range of precautions to ensure the health and safety of event attendees, by accepting this invitation, you are confirming that you understand and assume the risk of possible COVID exposure. Further, by attending the event, you assume all risks, hazards, and dangers arising from or relating in any way to the risk of contracting COVID, whether that exposure occurs before, during, or after the event, and regardless of how caused or contracted, and you hereby waive any and all claims and potential claims against the Women's White Collar Defense Association.

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