Andra B. Greene Awarded Lifetime Achievement Award

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December 2011

Andra B. Greene, managing partner of Irell & Manella’s Newport Beach office, has been awarded the American Jewish Committee’s Judge Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is presented annually to outstanding leaders of the legal profession who have demonstrated exceptional service to the community and the legal profession.

“Andra Greene is an exceptional attorney who is also extraordinarily committed to the community around her,” said Elliot Brown, Irell & Manella’s managing partner. “We are very proud that she is receiving this well-deserved honor from the American Jewish Committee, which is widely respected around the world for its promotion of human rights and tolerance.”

The American Jewish Committee's Judge Learned Hand Award was established in memory of legendary figure, Judge Learned Hand, Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, from 1924 to 1951. Widely admired as a dean among American jurists, Judge Hand was famous for the extensive range of decisions he rendered in more than 2,000 cases. The award is presented to outstanding leaders of the legal profession who exemplify the high principles for which Judge Learned Hand was renowned.

Greene is the managing partner of Irell & Manella's Newport Beach office and a member of the firm's Executive Committee. She focuses on complex business and intellectual property litigation. In addition to her practice, Greene is involved in numerous professional and community activities. She is a past president of the Federal Bar Association/Orange County Chapter. The ACLU Foundation of Southern California awarded Greene and her team the 2010 Social Justice Award for their outstanding pro bono work on Sipprelle v. City of Laguna Beach, securing a major victory on behalf of the homeless community in Laguna Beach, Calif. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Sage Hill School and a member of the Board of Directors of University Synagogue. In addition, Greene serves on the Women's Leadership Council of Brown University. She was formerly a member of the board of directors of the Public Law Center and has served as the head attorney-coach of Santa Margarita Catholic High School's Mock Trial Team.

The award was presented at a luncheon held on December 8 at the Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach.