The American Lawyer Highlights All-Female Leadership of Firm’s Supreme Court and Appellate Practice

April 2019

On April 17, 2019, The American Lawyer published an article titled “At Williams & Connolly, 'The Primordial, Motherly Instinct to Protect and Defend,’” which highlighted the three female partners who lead Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice. The partners featured in the article included Chair of the Supreme Court and Appellate practice, Lisa Blatt, who has argued more Supreme Court cases—37—than any other woman in U.S. history; Amy Saharia, who started her career as an associate at the firm after clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; and Sarah Harris, who is the third-ever lateral in the firm’s 52-year history.  Sarah joined the firm as a partner earlier this year from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, and previously clerked for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.  “This would be unusual in any practice,” wrote journalist Jenna Greene, “but appellate advocacy at the highest levels remains particularly male-dominated. During the most recent U.S. Supreme Court term, male advocates outnumbered female 153 to 32, according to Bloomberg Big Law Business.’”

“I think we have a unique approach as women, that we’re even more creative and aggressive,” said Lisa Blatt. “It’s the primordial, motherly instinct to protect and defend.”

Click here to view The American Lawyer's Litigation Daily article.

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