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August 01, 2022

Chicago law partner Christina L. Martini to receive 2022 ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, August 1, 2022 — Cristina L. Martini, a partner and global head of trademark prosecution and controversy practice at McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago, is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2022 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Martini will receive the award, given annually by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, at a ceremony and reception at 3-5:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday, August 7, at the Swissotel Chicago during the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting.

In addition to Martini, the 2022 award recipients include Michele Goodwin, Laura J. Schumacher, Myra C. Selby and Wendy Shiba.

“We are honored to recognize this spectacular group of women who have been trailblazers throughout their careers,” said Maureen Mulligan, chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession. “They are role models for all women in the legal profession.”

At McDermott Will & Emery, Martini’s practice focuses on domestic and international trademark and copyright law, as well as domain name, internet, social media, advertising, unfair competition and entertainment law. She has been instrumental in numerous litigation successes in federal and state courts, and in domain name proceedings before various administrative organizations such as the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Martini has received numerous accolades, including being named 2021 “Trademark Lawyer of the Year – Americas” as part of Euromoney’s Women in Business Law Awards, and was named a “Top Woman Lawyer in Leadership” by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She also was named among Crain’s Chicago Business 2020 Notable Women in Law, which recognizes women in the Chicago community who not only serve as role models in their workplace, but also have contributed to their communities through personal and philanthropic activities.

In 2017, Martini was one of four recipients of the Anti-Defamation League’s Women of Achievement Award. Martini has been a fellow of the American Bar Foundation since 2013, and was designated an Illinois Super Lawyer as the result of research projects conducted jointly by Law & Politics and Chicago magazines.

She received Lawyer Monthly magazine’s “Women in Law Award” and has also been recognized in the Best Lawyers in America, Chicago’s Best Lawyers and Chicago Tribune’s Best Lawyers in Illinois, among several other honors. Martini earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law.

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The ABA Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, established in 1991, honors outstanding women lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their area of specialty and have actively paved the way to success for other women in the profession. The award is named for Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America. Brent arrived in the colonies in 1638 and was involved in 124 court cases in more than eight years, winning every case.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.