January 08, 2018

Disney chief legal officer Alan N. Braverman to receive ABA 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2018 — The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession will honor Alan N. Braverman, senior executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of The Walt Disney Company since 2003, with its 2018 Spirit of Excellence Award for his commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession. The award will be presented during a ceremony on Saturday, Feb. 3, at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Spirit of Excellence Award celebrates the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession. Awards are presented to lawyers who excel in their professional settings; who personify excellence on the national, state or local level; and who have demonstrated a commitment to racial and ethnic diversity in the legal profession.

“As Disney’s chief legal officer, Alan Braverman has used a wide range of methods to champion racial and ethnic diversity and inclusion,” said Will Gunn, chair of the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. “Among other things, he has supported scholarships and mentoring to strengthen the pipeline of diverse lawyers, served on the board of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity and encouraged employee resource groups such as Disney Lawyers of Color and Disney’s Women Lawyers Group.  His strong commitment to diversity and inclusion is also reflected in the hiring and advancement of women and minorities at Disney Legal.” 

Braverman oversees the team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of Disney’s legal affairs around the world. He previously served as executive vice president and general counsel for Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., and deputy general counsel for Disney. Prior to joining Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., he was a partner with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, where he started in 1976. He specialized in complex commercial and administrative litigation. Braverman also was a law clerk for Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Thomas W. Pomeroy, Jr. Braverman, a Boston native, earned his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law.

The ABA Spirit of Excellence Award Luncheon will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. PT at the Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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