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Weil partners Marcia Goldstein, Melanie Gray, Yvette Ostolaza, and Diane Sullivan were selected to Benchmark Litigation’s second annual edition of Top 250 Women in Litigation. Ms. Sullivan was also featured as one of the publication’s “Top 10 Women Litigators” for the second year in a row.
Marcia Goldstein chairs Weil’s Business Finance & Restructuring Department. According to the publication, she is “known internationally for her bankruptcy prowess.” She was named “Global Restructuring Lawyer of the Year” at the 2013 Turnaround Atlas Awards and was recently selected by The National Law Journal as one of its “100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” Ms. Goldstein was named “Best in Insolvency/Restructuring” at the 2012 Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards.
Melanie Gray, a partner based in Weil’s Houston office, co-chairs the Firm’s Bankruptcy Litigation practice. As stated in Top 250 Women in Litigation, Ms. Gray “has a nationally known bankruptcy practice, having played an integral role representing Enron in its Chapter 11 proceedings.” The publication also highlighted her “multi-faceted general commercial practice.” Ms. Gray was included in the 2012 edition of Top 250 Women in Litigation and was named a 2013 national Benchmark star for Bankruptcy.
Yvette Ostolaza, resident in Weil’s Dallas office, is the co-head of the Firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice. Ms. Ostolaza was highlighted for her general commercial practice. She was featured in the 2012 edition of Top 250 Women in Litigation and is one of Benchmark’s 2013 national General Commercial Litigation stars.
Diane Sullivan is a partner in the Litigation Department in Weil’s New York and New Jersey offices. As stated in the publication, peers note “[s]he’s one of the best tobacco defense litigators out there.” In 2011, as lead counsel for Philip Morris USA, she secured a defense verdict in a four-month trial in St. Louis in which 37 Missouri hospitals sued for half a billion dollars in economic loss plus punitive damages relating to costs for treating patients with smoking-related illness. She was included in the 2012 edition of Top 250 Women in Litigation and is a 2013 national Benchmark star for Product Liability.
The lawyers featured in Top 250 Women in Litigation were selected from the 2013 edition of its parent publication, Benchmark Litigation, a peer-reviewed guide identifying the leading US trial attorneys based on extensive interviews with private practice lawyers and in-house legal counsel. The “Top Ten Women Litigators” were selected from these ranks for their overall career achievements and high-profile cases.