Brown Rudnick is pleased to announce lawyers and staff at the Firm have been recognized with its Elizabeth A. Ritvo Equity and Inclusion Awards and M. Robert Dushman Pro Bono and Community Service Awards.
The awards were presented during CEO Vince Guglielmotti’s State of the Firm address on April 26.
Named in honor of the Firm’s first woman equity partner, the Ritvo Awards recognize the commitment and exceptional contributions of one BR lawyer and one staff member in furtherance of a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community at Brown Rudnick and beyond. Throughout her more than 40 years at the Firm, and accomplished career as a First Amendment and media law attorney, Liz Ritvo has dedicated her time and talents to mentor dozens of associates and partners, and advocate for inclusion at Brown Rudnick.
The recipients of the 5th Annual Ritvo Awards are Sunni Beville, a partner in the Boston office and managing director of the Firm’s Dispute Resolution & Restructuring Department; and Margaret Reynolds, a legal executive assistant and HR, recruitment and administration coordinator in the London office.
Beville served as the Firm’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) partner and has been involved in Brown Rudnick’s diversity-related efforts since they began.
Reynolds has been an enthusiastic participant in DEI initiatives and instrumental to the implementation of two key programs for the London office. She has also provided nuanced logistical advice and support to lawyers and mentored those around her to create a cohesive, friendly and happy work environment.
The 16th Annual Dushman Awards honor a lawyer for outstanding commitment to pro bono work, and a staff member for demonstrating a personal or professional commitment to serving the public interest.
The late Bob Dushman, a longtime partner at Brown Rudnick, was widely recognized as a talented First Amendment lawyer and media attorney. He was also incredibly devoted to contributing his talents to pro bono representation and community service.
Shlomo Katz, a counsel in the Washington, D.C., office, received the Dushman Pro Bono award. Maura Regan, a member of the Firm’s finance team in the Boston office, received this year’s Dushman Community Service award.
Since joining the Firm in 2008, Katz has committed 530 hours to pro bono service, advising nonprofits and individuals on employment needs and wage issues.
Regan has spent many years coordinating and overseeing the disbursement of Brown Rudnick Charitable Foundation’s grant funds to educational programs in the U.S. and U.K. She also assists the foundation team with its financial reporting obligations.
As a token of appreciation and in recognition of their contributions, the Firm will make four charitable donations of $2,500 each to the nonprofits of their choosing.