June 24, 2019 Division News

Congratulations to the Solo and Small Firm Award Winners

The Solo and Small Firm Awards celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of outstanding solo and small firm practitioners, as well as bar leaders and bar associations. The three winners were honored at a luncheon during the 2019 Section of Litigation & Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division CLE Conference on May 3, 2019, at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City.

Honorees and presenters at the 2019 Solo and Small Firm Awards Luncheon, New York City.

Honorees and presenters at the 2019 Solo and Small Firm Awards Luncheon, New York City.

Left to right: Melanie Bragg, GPSolo Chair; Bob Carlson, ABA President; Kay H. Hodge, GPSolo Awards Committee Co-Chair; Glenn Lau-Kee, Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award Winner; Stephen D. Beam, GPSolo Awards Committee Member; Gary L. Anderson, Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award Winner; Justin Scott, who accepted the award for Cynthia Sharp, Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award Winner; Amy Lin Meyerson, GPSolo Past Chair and GPSolo Awards Committee Member. Photo by Steve Wildi.

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees

The Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes solo and small firm attorneys who are widely accepted by their peers as having significant lifetime distinction, exceptional achievement, and distinction in an exemplary way. The winners are viewed by other solo and small firm practitioners as epitomizing the ideals of the legal profession and of solo and small firm practitioners.

Gary L. Anderson, U.S. Department of Justice, Retired, San Antonio, Texas. Gary L. Anderson has distinguished himself with exceptional meritorious leadership and service to the Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division, the American Bar Association, and the United States of America. Gary began his long career in public service in 1965 when he joined the Army. In 1968 he received his law degree from the University of Texas and served most of his time in the Army with the JAG Corps until his retirement as a lieutenant colonel in 1988. He served overseas in Thailand and Germany among many other duty stations across the country.

Gary first came to the United States Attorney’s Office in 1990. He was hired by U.S. Attorney Ron Ederer as the Executive First Assistant. In this capacity he served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Attorney and also supervised the Administrative Division of the Office and for a time filled in as the Office’s Acting Administrative Officer. He served in that capacity until 1994, when he transferred to the Civil Division and handled a range of civil litigation.

In 2001 Gary was selected for a detail at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) in Washington, D.C., where he coordinated employment litigation matters for EOUSA. He also supervised the Administrative Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, coordinating the Office’s civil immigration litigation docket.

Gary was very active in a wide range of bar activities. Within the ABA, Gary served as chair of the ABA Military Coordinating Committee, the ABA Standing Committee on Armed Forces Law, and the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division. At the state and local level, Gary served as the president and later director of the San Antonio Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Glenn Lau-Kee, Lau-Kee Law Group PLLC, New York City. Glenn Lau-Kee is a partner in the firm Lau-Kee Law Group, PLLC, located at 354 Broome Street in Manhattan, New York. Glenn began his law practice in 1975 at the international law firm Coudert Brothers as an associate in the Hong Kong and New York offices, concentrating on banking and project financing matters. He joined his late father, Norman Lau Kee, in 1977 to form the firm Kee & Lau-Kee. Kee & Lau-Kee has now become the firm Lau-Kee Law Group PLLC. The firm has a long history in the community as well as a deep commitment to the community.

Glenn Lau-Kee is a past president of the 70,000-member New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). As the 117th president of NYSBA (2014–2015), he was the first Asian American to serve in that position. He currently serves on the New York City Mayor’s Advisory Committee on the Judiciary. In addition, Glenn Lau-Kee serves as the chair of the Board of Trustees of the US-Asia Institute, a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C., that is dedicated to the advancement of understanding between the United States and the countries of Asia. He was a commissioner on the Commission on Human Rights of the City of New York from 1984 to 1990, serving as vice chair of the Commission. He served on the New York State Judicial Screening Committee, First Department, and on the New York Housing Court Advisory Council. He has served as vice chair of the Board of the YMCA of Greater New York and as a board member of the New York County Bar Association, the Fund for Modern Courts, the New York Bar Foundation, Legal Services for New York City, and the Queens Legal Services Corporation. He served as the president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York from 1997 to 1999 and was appointed by then–Chief Judge Judith Kaye to serve on the Commission to Examine Solo and Small Firm Practice, and the Committee to Promote Public Trust and Confidence in the Legal System. He was a member of the Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline formed by former New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman. He also served as the American Bar Association Observer to the United Nations Economic and Social Council in Geneva.

Glenn is a David Rockefeller Fellow of the New York City Partnership. He has been awarded the Dean’s Medal from Albany Law School, the Jane M. Bolin Leaders in Law Award from the Judicial Friends Association, and the Honorable George Bundy Smith Pioneer Award from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of NYSBA. He is also the recipient of the Order of the Red Triangle from the YMCA of Greater New York. He is a 1971 graduate of Yale University and a 1974 graduate of the Boston University School of Law.

Trainer Award Honoree

The Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award recognizes attorneys who have made significant contributions to educating lawyers or law students regarding the opportunities and challenges of a solo and small firm practice.

Cynthia Sharp, The Sharper Lawyer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Veteran attorney Cynthia Sharp (CEO of The Sharper Lawyer) works with motivated lawyers seeking to generate additional revenue for their law firms. She practiced law from 1982 to 2009 and then embarked on a professional speaking and writing career. Ever since, she has served solo and small firm attorneys throughout North America. Recently recruited by Scott Counsel, PC, located in South Jersey, Cindy has assumed a part-time role in the firm, which includes practicing in the areas of elder care and estate and disabilities planning.

Cindy is the author of The Lawyer’s Guide to Financial Planning published by the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo) and is also a contributor to the Division’s books How to Capture and Keep Clients: Marketing Strategies for Lawyers, Second Edition, as well as Effectively Staffing Your Law Firm, Second Edition.

She has delivered close to 200 live presentations over the past 25 years on behalf of the American Bar Association, ten state bar associations, the Million Dollar Round Table, the Professional Services Marketing Association, and numerous other legal, financial, and professional groups in addition to private seminars conducted for her clients.

Cindy served as business development columnist for the GPSolo eReport and “Social Media Strategist” columnist for GPSolo magazine, and has served as a regular guest contributor to ALM’s publication Marketing the Law Firm. In addition, she has written well over 120 articles over the past 30 years that have been published in various journals throughout the country.

During 2017–2018, Cindy held positions on the GPSolo and GPSolo eReport Editorial Boards of the GPSolo Division, having previously served as Chair of the Publications Board of the Division and on the Division’s Council. She completed her term as president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Speakers Association in June 2015 and served as dean of the Speaker Academy the subsequent year. Cindy has also been an active member in the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA). She continues her service to her colleagues through a podcast featured on Solo Practice University. Most of all, Cindy is honored to be receiving the Solo and Small Firm Trainer Award from our Division made up of people she loves and respects.

Cindy lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Mark H. Gallant, and their dog, Rocky, and cat, Jackson. She practices yoga, enjoys the arts, and loves to bake.

2019 ABA Annual Meeting

August 8–10
Grand Hyatt
San Francisco, California

From future-focused continuing legal education to festive networking events, attending the ABA Annual Meeting will help you improve your practice, stay ahead of the competition, and make a difference in the legal profession. The Grand Hyatt will be the headquarters hotel for GPSolo’s meetings and events. Be sure to register for the Keithe E. Nelson Memorial Military Law Luncheon; Military Lawyers Committee Dining Out; Happy Hour for Incoming GPSolo Chair Richard “Rick” DeMichele Jr.; and Merci, Melanie Bragg, Outgoing Chair Dinner.

Registration is now open! Go to ambar.org/annual.