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Mayor Lightfoot to be Honored as 2019 Woman Of Vision

Published: 08/14/2019

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr celebrates professional women at 13th Annual Award Luncheon

National law firm Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP will honor Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot with its 2019 "Woman of Vision" award at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 15 at an invitation-only event in the Art Institute of Chicago’s historic Stock Exchange Trading Room.

Lightfoot, elected as Chicago’s 56th mayor in April, is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, who has served as President of the Chicago Police Board, as well as the Chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.  She also was previously Chief of Staff and General Counsel of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications, interim First Deputy of the Chicago Department of Procurement Services, and Chief Administrator of the Office of Professional Standards.  Most recently before her election, she was an attorney in private practice.

"Mayor Lightfoot embodies leadership, not just in her current position, but in the work she has done throughout her career," said Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Chicago Managing Partner Michael L. Gesas.  "She is a great role model for the next generation of innovative women who will shape the future. We are honored to be able to recognize her achievements and to spotlight her contributions toward positive policy change."

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s leadership is dedicated to advancing the next generation of innovative women in business, says partner Laura Lau Marinelli, who co-chairs the firm’s Women's Development Initiative.  "The women of the firm created this award as a way to celebrate our role models in the business and legal community and to highlight their many contributions to civic life."

As part of Lightfoot's award, she has chosen Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) as the recipient of this year’s Woman of Vision charitable donation. The Justice Center is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

About Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr

The 400-plus attorneys of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP are dedicated to providing client-centric counsel to businesses throughout the United States and internationally from 16 offices stretching down the East Coast from Boston to Miami and extending into the Midwest by way of Chicago and Minneapolis.   The Firm works with well-known corporations, exciting start-ups and an array of closely held companies, as well as institutions of higher education, nonprofits and governmental entities.  As a full-service law firm, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP handles matters involving bankruptcy, business and finance, estates and trusts, litigation, real estate services, intellectual property, immigration and foreign investment services, among other things. For more information visit www.saul.com.

About the Woman of Vision Award

For the past 13 years, the Chicago law firm of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP has proudly hosted the Woman of Vision Award Luncheon. The award, sponsored by the firm’s Women’s Development Initiative, celebrates groundbreaking, inspirational women who have made a difference in Chicago’s business community. Top female business and professional leaders from across the Chicagoland area attend this event to honor the recipient of the award and celebrate her achievements. In addition to the honoree, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr highlights and sponsors a notable community charity of the honoree’s choice each year. This year’s charity is the National Immigrant Justice Center. For additional information, please visit https://www.saul.com/about/wdi.