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Bernice Leber Receives NYSBA’s Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom

Arent Fox is pleased to announce that Partner Bernice K. Leber has received special recognition that is awarded annually to a female litigator who has distinguished herself in Federal or State Courts in New York and shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys in the legal community.

Excellence in the Courtroom Award

The Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom was created by the NYSBA’s Commercial and Federal Litigation Section in honor of the Section’s former Chair, who served as a US District Judge for the Southern District of New York from September 1994 to April 2016. 

Complex Civil Dispute Litigator

Bernice’s practice concentrates on the prosecution and defense of complex civil business disputes, with an emphasis on those involving commercial disputes, including real property, securities, financial and intellectual property. 

  • Bernice also handles professional liability cases, ethics and disciplinary matters involving lawyers, law firms, and accountants.
  • Bernice served as New York State Bar President from 2008-2009 and Representative from ABA to the UN from 2017-2019.


Through AFWomen, Arent Fox advocates for women lawyers’ leadership at the firm, across industries, and within our community. AF Women aims to promote professional development, foster business connections, and provide exposure and opportunities to the firm’s attorneys. This commitment is reflected in the initiative’s three pillars, “Lead. Develop. Connect.”


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