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Achievements & Honors


Our Practice Teams

Cadwalader was named CMBS Law Firm of the Year at the GlobalCapital 2017 U.S. Securitization Awards.

Cadwalader was named Foreign Tax Planning Firm of the Year–USA as part of the 2017 Finance Monthly Law Awards.

The firm was ranked the number one legal advisor to issuers and underwriters of commercial MBS offerings in 2016 by Commercial Mortgage Alert, marking Cadwalader’s 17th consecutive year as leading issuer counsel.

In 2016, the firm topped all three – Global, U.S. and European – Creditflux CLO Arranger Counsel tables, and was ranked among the leading manager counsel in all three geographic categories.

Cadwalader was recognized as 2016’s “Top Underwriter Counsel for U.S. CLOs” in the Asset-Backed Alert rankings.

The firm was named “Top CLO Arranger Counsel” in the Creditflux Scrolls of Excellence for 2016.

Cadwalader, jointly with Herbert Smith Freehills and Jones Day, won the 2016 Transatlantic Legal Innovator of the Year Award.

The Lawyer magazine named Cadwalader a finalist for 2016 Competition Team of the Year.

Cadwalader was named a finalist for the 2016 Financial Times Innovation in Finance Law Award.

Cadwalader won the Global Competition Review 2016 European Behavioral Matter of the Year (Agency) Award for its representation of Deutsche Bank in the European Commission's investigation into the credit default swaps market.

Cadwalader was named "Law Firm of the Year" by Risk magazine.

Cadwalader was awarded the distinction of 2015 UK Firm of the Year for Finance (Securitization) by The Legal 500, a prominent guide to the legal profession.

Cadwalader was named US 2015 Structured Finance Team of the Year by The Legal 500.

Cadwalader received multiple honors at the 7th annual Americas M&A Atlas Awards Gala in 2015, including “Transportation & Logistics Deal of the Year” and “USA M&A Deal of the Year – Large Markets.”

The firm won its second consecutive Global Competition Review Antitrust Matter of the Year Award in 2015. Cadwalader was recognized for its representation of Eli Lilly & Company in connection with securing Federal Trade Commission clearance for the company’s acquisition of Novartis Animal Health.

Our Lawyers

Michele Maman was selected as a Turnarounds & Workouts “Outstanding Young Restructuring Lawyers” for 2017.

Law360 recognized partner Bonnie A. Neuman as a 2016 Real Estate Rising Star on its annual list of top attorneys under 40 years old.

Antitrust special counsel Amy W. Ray was named to the Global Competition Review 2015 “40 Under 40” list.

Partners Ray Shirazi and Louisa Watt were named to the BTI Client Services All-Star team, based on “recognition from leading General Counsel and legal decision makers for outperforming all other attorneys” and “for delivering the absolute best levels of client service.”

Steven Lofchie was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America as the 2015 Lawyer of the Year for Securities Regulation in New York, a recognition awarded to only one lawyer per practice and metropolitan area.


Pro Bono, Community Service and Diversity

Osvaldo Garcia, an attorney in Cadwalader's Private Wealth Group, was awarded the New York State Bar Association's 2016 President's Pro Bono Service Award in the Young Lawyer category.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has awarded Cadwalader a perfect score in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index as part of its Best Places to Work initiative.

Cadwalader received a 2016 Pro Bono Publico Award for outstanding service to The Legal Aid Society.

Kathy Hirata Chin was named a 2015 Diversity & Inclusion Champion by the New York City Bar Association.

Cadwalader was named among Yale Law Women’s 2015 Top Ten Family Friendly Firms

Cheryl Barnes was named among the Most Influential Black Lawyers in 2015 by Savoy magazine. Attorneys are recognized for their professionalism, protection of rights and community service.

The firm was selected to the New York Law Journal “Diversity Initiative 2015,” which recognizes law firms and legal organizations for their commitment to creating a diverse legal community.

The Empire State Counsel Program recognized the efforts of Cadwalader attorneys who donated their time and expertise to help low-income and vulnerable persons who otherwise could not afford an attorney gain access to the civil justice system.

Cadwalader received the Washington Lawyers’ Committee (WLC) Outstanding Achievement Award for representation of a District of Columbia parolee who had been erroneously miscategorized during the parole process.  Under the auspices of the WLC DC Prisoners’ Project, Cadwalader secured a favorable settlement that will serve as an important precedent for others to challenge the application of unduly restrictive parole conditions.