Women's Impact Network for Success
Developing Opportunities for Women in the Legal Profession
The Duane Morris Women's Impact Network for Success is devoted to the success of our women attorneys. Through various programs, we exchange ideas, foster and expand business contacts and opportunities, and enhance attorney development to fully realize the talent, knowledge and potential of our women attorneys.
Awards & Accolades
Duane Morris is consistently ranked as one of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyers, based on the firm's family-friendly policies and business development initiatives that retain women and advance them into the leadership pipeline. In 2015, Yale Law Women ranked Duane Morris among its Top Ten Family Friendly Firms and, in 2014, The American Lawyer's Women Partner Watch Honor Roll recognized Duane Morris as one of only 20 law firms among the Am Law 200 whose new partner classes were at least 30 percent women in each of the previous three years. The Philadelphia Business Journal/Forum of Executive Women chose Duane Morris as the global company recipient of the 2015 Advancing Women Company Award and the Career Contessa website listed Duane Morris as one of the top five companies in Philadelphia with best perks for women based on the firm’s promotion of career growth and family. Crain’s Chicago Business named Duane Morris a 2016 "Best Place to Work for Women Over 35." In addition, Duane Morris was listed for five consecutive years on the Honor Roll of Legal Organizations Welcoming Women Professionals by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Commission on Women in the Profession. Duane Morris's mentoring and networking programs for women attorneys have also been cited by Law360, Women 3.0 magazine, Philadelphia magazine and others.
Many of our attorneys have also been honored, including:
Duane Morris & Selvam special counsel Babita Ambekar has been named as one of the "30 People to Watch in the Business of Law in Asia in 2017" by Asia Law Portal. Ms. Ambekar is head of Duane Morris & Selvam’s India and Japan Practice Groups. She advises multinationals, in an international counsel capacity, on a variety of matters. She is also actively involved in the firm’s Myanmar and Sri Lanka Practice Groups and is the Head of Duane Morris & Selvam's India and Japan Practice Groups.
She serves on the board of ambassadors for the Home for Little Wanderers; the board of directors for the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts; and board of overseers for the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. In 2016, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination by Governor Charles D. Baker. Ms. Roberts was also elected to The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA), an organization that works to achieve the full and equal participation of women in every aspect of society.
Partner Beatrice O'Donnell, of the firm’s Philadelphia office, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Forum of Executive Women, a membership organization of 450 women of significant influence across the Greater Philadelphia region. Ms. O’Donnell was also named co-director of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation Division for the 2016-2017 year, and previously served as the ABA Woman Advocate co-chair and past co-chair of the ABA Mass Torts Committee. Ms. O’Donnell has also received the inaugural Margery reed Professional Excellence Award from the Duane Morris’ Women’s Initiative. The award recognizes contributions toward creating, modeling and mentoring others regarding issues of work-life management. Ms. O’Donnell co-chairs the American Bar Association’s Woman Advocate Committee and was a former co-chair of the Mass Torts Committee from 2009-2012 and in 2009, she was recognized as Outstanding Subcommittee Chair for her work. She is also a two-term past co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and serves on the Women’s Initiative Steering Committee.
Arfat Selvam, managing partner of Duane Morris & Selvam in Singapore, served as lead legal counsel to Heineken in its $4.6 billion takeover of Asia Pacific Breweries Ltd. Her instrumental role in this transaction helped Duane Morris & Selvam garner a trio of M&A Deal of the Year awards: the Global M&A Deal of the Year for Southeast Asia in the 2013 American Lawyer Global Legal Awards, as well as the Southeast Asia M&A Deal of the Year and the Singapore M&A Deal of the Year by Asian Law and Business. Previously, Arfat was shortlisted for “Managing Partner of the Year” award in the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards 2012.
Mark Lipowicz, a trial partner in Philadelphia, was elected president of the board of directors of the Women Against Abuse Legal Center. Lipowicz is a longtime member of the board of directors of Women Against Abuse, which is Pennsylvania’s largest anti-domestic violence agency. Mr. Lipowicz practices in the areas of toxic tort and pharmaceutical defense as well as commercial and class action litigation. A former assistant district attorney in Philadelphia County, specializing in the prosecution of rape cases, and chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, his clients over a twenty-plus year career as a civil litigator have ranged from Fortune 10 companies to the National Association of Attorneys General.
The Legal Intelligencer and Pennsylvania Law Weekly have selected Duane Morris’ Sandra G. Stoneman among the 2008 Lawyers on the Fast Track, the future leaders of the state’s legal community. A profile of Stoneman appears here. Ms. Stoneman is co-head of the firm's Life Sciences Practice Group and serves on the Philadelphia Office Inclusion Committee. Ms. Stoneman concentrates her practice in the areas of general corporate, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity and securities law, representing entrepreneurs, emerging companies, public companies and investors.
Partner Sheila Raftery Wiggins was named one of the New Jersey Law Journal’s 2008 “40 Under 40” based on her professional achievements and demonstrated leadership in the law. Ms. Wiggins is active in several community and civic organizations, including the Supreme Court District V-A Ethics Committee and The Women Advocate Committee of the American Bar Association, and is a New Jersey Court-Appointed Mediator. She served on the Board of Directors of Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble, a nonprofit corporation that supports classical musicians in the New York metropolitan area.
WINS Steering Committee