ADL Honors Andra Greene with 2017 Jurisprudence Award

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March 2017

Irell & Manella partner Andra B. Greene has been selected to receive the 2017 Marcus Kaufman Jurisprudence Award by the Orange County/Long Beach region of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).  The dinner and presentation ceremony will be held on Thursday, April 6 at the Island Hotel, Newport Beach, beginning at 6 pm.  

The prize is named after Justice Marcus Kaufman, the 103rd Justice of the California Supreme Court and a champion of civil rights. It is given annually to those attorneys who have made significant contributions to their communities and to the legal profession and embody ADL’s mission to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all.

Greene heads Irell & Manella's class action defense practice group. She previously served as managing partner of the firm's Newport Beach office. A seasoned trial lawyer, Greene has a practice that encompasses a wide range of complex business litigation with an emphasis on class action defense and professional liability defense. Her extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts also extends to commercial, wage and hour, employment, business torts, real estate, lender liability, executive compensation, environmental issues, securities litigation, insurance coverage, trade secrets, white-collar criminal claims and intellectual property. Greene frequently represents other lawyers and major law firms when they need counsel.

Greene's victories on behalf of some of the country's most recognized companies have led to such accolades as being named one of the 2016 Top Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal and being named among the 2016 Top 50 Women Lawyers in the nation by the National Diversity Council. In 2016, she was also recognized as the Orange County Bet-the-Company "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers for her successful defense of cases including class actions. She was also honored as one of the 2014 Women Worth Watching by Diversity Journal.

Greene received the 2011 Learned Hand Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Jewish Committee. In 2010, 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, California. She regularly publishes and speaks on issues related to women in the law, diversity and advancement for younger lawyers. Greene dedicates considerable time to pro bono work, serving on the boards of non-profits and mentoring the firm’s next generation of female leaders. She earned her law degree from Harvard Law School.

Founded more than one hundred years ago, the ADL is the world’s leading organization fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry and discrimination through programs and services that counteract hatred and prejudice.

For more information, please call or email the ADL at 949-679-3737 or OCEvent@adl.org, or visit www.adl.org/ocjurisprudence2017.