California Diversity Council Announces 2017 Top 50 Women Lawyers

Jul 13, 2017 3:00 PM ET

LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2017 /3BL Media/- The California Diversity Council is proud to announce the 2017 Top 50 Women Lawyers, a definitive list of female executives, influencers and achievers impacting the technology industry.

“The 2017 Top 50 Women Lawyers award list highlights the most extraordinary female leaders in the legal field,” said Dennis Kennedy, Founder and Chair of the National Diversity Council. “We are honored to recognize such distinguished women dedicated to continuous success in their workplaces and communities.”

The 2017 Top Women Lawyers selection was based on the following criteria:

  • Top leader in her organization and profession
  • Directly contributes to business growth or strategic direction of the organization
  • Maintains a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise 
  • Effective role model who inspires other women and is active in mentoring the next generation of women in the industry
  • Operates with the highest integrity and ethical behavior
  • Demonstrates a commitment to corporate citizenship

To learn more about the 2017 Top 50 Women Lawyers, please visit


The 2017 Top 50 Most Powerful Women Technology

Karen Ballack


Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP


Keri Bush


Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP

Kay Chandler


Cooley LLP

Sharon Cheever

Senior VP & General Counsel

Pacific Life Insurance Company


Carla Christofferson

Executive VP & General Counsel


Evelyn Crane-Oliver

Senior VP, Secretary & General Counsel

Robert Half International

Dorian Daley

Executive VP, General Counsel & Secretary



Sarah DiBoise

Chief Hospital Counsel

Stanford Health Care

Denelle Dixon

Chief Legal & Business Officer


Shannon Dwyer

Executive VP & General Counsel

St. Joseph Health


Mia Farber

Office Managing Principal

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Laura Fennell

Executive VP, General Counsel & Secretary



Kathryn Fritz


Fenwick & West LLP

Vijaya Gadde

General Counsel


Brandi Galvin Morandi

Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel & Secretary



Julie Gruber

Executive VP, Global General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer



Joan Haratani


Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Katherine Henderson


Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati P.C.

Susan Hori


Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP


Denise Jackson

Senior VP & General Counsel

AMN Healthcare

Kirsten Jensen


Simpson, Thatcher & Bartlett

Betsy Johnson

Office Managing Shareholder

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stuart


Karen Johnson-Mckewan


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

Whitney Jones Roy


Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Julie Kane

Senior VP & Chief Compliance Officer

PG&E Corp.

Tania King

Chief Legal Officer & Chief Compliance Officer


Lisa Klika

Senior VP, Compliance & Quality Assurance

Guild Mortgage


Barbara Mathews

VP & Associate General Counsel

Edison International


Elizabeth McKeen


O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Carol Meltzer

Executive VP, General Counsel & Secretary



Susan Miller

Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary

Avery Dennison


Susan Natland


Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Baer LLP

Marie Oh Huber

General Counsel


Rita-Anne O’Neill


Sullivan & Cromwell


Kathleen Rhoads

Office Managing Partner

Gordon, Rees, Scully, Mansukhani LLP

Janis Salin

Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary

Tetra Tech

Lori Schechter

Executive VP, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer



Tessa Schwartz

Managing Partner

Morrison Foerster LLP

Stephanie Sheridan

Office Managing Partner

Sedgwick LLP

Margo Smith

Senior VP & General Counsel



Sarah Solum


Davis Polk & Wardell

Victoria Stratman

General Counsel


Vanessa Valdez

Corporate Counsel

California Closets


Denise Visconti

Office Managing Shareholder

Littler Mendelson P.C.

Kathleen Waters

Chief Legal Officer

DaVita Inc.

Aimee Weisner

VP & General Counsel

Edwards Lifesciences

Martha Wyrsch

Executive VP & General Counsel

Sempra Energy

Lily Yan Hughes

Senior VP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary

Public Storage

Sharon Zezima

General Counsel & Secretary


Debby Zurzolo

Executive VP, Secretary & General Counsel

The Cheesecake Factory



About the California Diversity Council

A non-profit organization committed to fostering a learning environment for organizations to grow in their knowledge of diversity. The council affords opportunities for organizations to share best practices and learn from top corporate leaders in the areas of diversity and inclusion. More information about the California Diversity Council is available at

Media Contact:

Jasmine Mack

Communications Specialist

National Diversity Council