NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Ethisphere Institute today announced its first annual list of Attorneys Who Matter, recognizing more than 100 attorneys who’ve made exceptional contributions to the corporate compliance field. The list is divided into 15 categories, including Hall of Fame, Top Guns, Up-and-Comers, Government Stars, Top General Counsel and Top Ethics and Compliance Officers.

"Ethisphere is proud to honor the Attorneys Who Matter for the work they do in advancing the cause of ethics and corporate compliance," said Stephen Martin, Executive Editor of Ethisphere. "The attorneys on this list are the best of the best and have a wide range of experience as both in-house and outside counsel, assisting corporations in effectively handling compliance issues. They understand the importance of ethics and compliance as a business issue and have made implementing and upholding high standards their utmost priority."


The following criteria were used in determining the list of winning attorneys: recognized expertise, peer/client endorsements, high-profile litigation, number of cases won, high-profile clients, public service, legal community engagement, academic involvement and other awards and recognitions.


The Hall of Fame category recognizes the attorneys who scored highest in each of the nine criteria. These attorneys have had long, successful careers in a number of different positions and specialties. This year’s Hall of Fame includes:


  • Brendan Sullivan - Williams & Connolly
  • Earl Silbert - DLA Piper
  • Robert Bennett - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
  • Reid Weingarten - Steptoe & Johnson
  • Robert Fiske, Jr. - Davis Polk & Wardwell

Next on the list are the Top Guns. These attorneys have a wide range of experience and are leaders in the outside counsel community. This year’s list includes:


  • Alan Vinegrad - Covington & Burling
  • William McLucas - WilmerHale
  • Ira Millstein - Weil, Gotshal & Manges
  • Michele Roberts - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Paul McNulty - Baker & McKenzie

Other categories include Up-and-Comers, Government Stars, Top General Counsel and Top Ethics and Compliance Officers. Some of these winners include:


  • Matt Levine - Fish & Richardson (Up-and-Comer)
  • Tony Alexis - Mayer Brown (Up-and-Comer)
  • Gregory Craig - White House (Government Star)
  • Eric Holder - Department of Justice (Government Star)
  • Brackett Denniston - General Electric (Top General Counsel/In-House Counsel)
  • Richard Baer - Qwest (Top General Counsel/In-House Counsel)
  • Andy Hinton - Google (Top Ethics and Compliance Officer)
  • Dr. Andreas Pohlmann - Siemans AG - (Top Ethics and Compliance Officer)

For a full list of the winning attorneys in all 15 categories, visit


About Ethisphere Institute


The research-based Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. The Institute’s associated membership group, the Ethisphere Council, is a forum for business ethics that includes over 200 leading corporations, universities and institutions. The Ethisphere Council is dedicated to the development and advancement of individuals on its membership council through increased efficiency, innovation, tools, mentoring, advice, and unique career opportunities. Ethisphere Magazine, which publishes the globally recognized World’s Most Ethical Companies Ranking™, is the quarterly publication of the Institute. More information on the Ethisphere Institute, including ranking projects and membership, can be found at





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