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July 28, 2023

Sidley Austin Management Chair Yvette Ostolaza to receive 2023 ABA Margaret Brent Award

CHICAGO, July 28, 2023 — Yvette Ostolaza, Management Committee chair at Sidley Austin LLP in Dallas, where she also serves on the executive committee, is a recipient of the 2023 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

Ostolaza 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. MDT on Sunday, August 6, at the Hyatt Regency Denver during the 2023 ABA Annual Meeting.

In addition to Ostolaza, the 2023 award recipients include Melissa Murray, Hon. Sabrina S. McKenna, Deborah Willig and Jill Wine-Banks.

“These five distinguished lawyers are role models for all women in the legal profession. We honor their achievements and look forward to celebrating with them at the 2023 Margaret Brent Awards ceremony,” said Commission member Victoria Alvarez, co-chair of the Margaret Brent Awards committee.

Ostolaza’s practice includes multidistrict litigation, activist defense, class actions, bankruptcy and arbitration. She serves on the board of directors of Lionsgate, and has served on several nonprofit boards, as well as the board of directors of the State Bar of Texas.

Ostolaza was honored recently by the Hispanic National Bar Association with the Mari Carmen Aponte Award, which recognizes a “Latina lawyer who is the first to break a glass ceiling.”

In 2009, the Dallas Women’s Law Association honored Ostolaza with the Louise B. Raggio award, its highest honor. Ostolaza maintains a longstanding involvement with Girls, Inc., a nonprofit organization serving girls aged 5-18 in more than 350 cities across the United States and Canada, and in 2016, was presented with its “Women of Achievement” award.

Ostolaza was named a Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court “Master” by the Center for American and International Law and received the Dallas Anti-Defamation League Larry Schoenbrun Jurisprudence Award for her contributions to the community.

Ostolaza earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Miami and a law degree at the University of Miami School of Law.

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The 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.

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