In front of several hundred of her peers, attorney Jessie Lochmann Allen was honored Thursday night as Wisconsin Law Journal’s 2014 Woman of the Year.
The award capped off the evening’s 2014 Women in the Law awards, an annual event hosted by Wisconsin Law Journal with help from presenting sponsor Associated Bank. Twenty-seven outstanding female members of the state’s legal community were honored at the event, which was attended by more than 375 people at Milwaukee’s Pfister Hotel. See below for a full list of this year’s winners.
The Woman of the Year distinction is made by the Association for Women Lawyers, Wisconsin Law Journal’s event partner in the annual awards.
In choosing her for the honor, the group’s board noted that Allen, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and member of the firm’s transactional and securities practice, has “gone above and beyond to help other women achieve similar success both in the law and in business.”
Allen also is a member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee and serves as the hiring partner for the Milwaukee office.
“Jessica is very obviously a highly-qualified lawyer … in a very visible role to colleagues and clients,” AWL President Jennifer Allen said. “However, what impresses me the most is that she uses her position to help other women. She reminds her own clients about the value of putting women on their boards and recommends women to fill these roles.”
All of this, while managing her own responsibilities at work and home.
“She is in a position to help and she does so in spite of her obviously very busy and full life,” Jennifer Allen said. “This speaks volumes about her quality as a professional and a sponsor of women.”
Meet this year’s Women in the Law:
Allen makes a case for having it all
Woman of the Year
Jessie Lochmann Allen — Foley & Lardner LLP
Allen keeps mother in mind while building career
Shannon Allen — Fox O’Neill & Shannon SC
Firm founder fights for immigrant rights
Erin Murphy Barbato — Barbato Immigration Law LLC
Justice Bradley continues to rise to challenges
Justice Ann Walsh Bradley — Wisconsin Supreme Court
Burkert-Brist leaves lasting impression
Monica Burkert-Brist — Wisconsin Department of Justice
UW Law professor makes a difference
R. Alta Charo — University of Wisconsin Law School
Litigation leader devotes time to others
Jean-Marie Crahan — Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP
Dickinson takes a risk, reaps the rewards
Erin Dickinson — Hansen Reynolds Dickinson Crueger LLC
In-house counsel relishes spreading goodwill
Joan Bartels Farrell — Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc.
Hart sets an example while guiding others
Rachelle Hart — Aurora Health Care Inc.
Hartley gets tougher with every challenge
Jill Hartley — The Previant Law Firm SC
Havas takes the long route to dream job
Michelle Ackerman Havas — Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office Children’s Court Center
Hintz goes beyond the basic requirements
Patricia Hintz — Quarles & Brady LLP
House leads the pack in varied legal career
Rebecca Wickhem House — Harley-Davidson Inc.
Kirkeide always willing to lend a hand
Jane Kirkeide — Sager & Colwin Law Offices SC
Summer assignment sets Klimpel on career path
Joan Klimpel — Godfrey & Kahn SC
Kuchler’s maternal instincts aid defense work
Donna Kuchler — Kuchler & Cotton SC
La Tour provides a voice for the vulnerable
Jean La Tour — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office
Foreclosure attorney inspired to fight for others
Larraine McNamara-McGraw — Horizons Law Group LLC
Real estate remains Peck’s priority
Laura Peck — Axley Brynelson LLP
Prestigiacomo helps nurture others
Antonina Prestigiacomo — Foley & Lardner LLP
Renlund keeps her focus on clients
Cari Anne Renlund — DeWitt Ross & Stevens SC
Rohrer offers light in the darkness
Miriam J. “Jodie” Rohrer – Dane County District Attorney’s Office
Spoerl tries to keep clients out of the system
June Spoerl — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office
Tully stands tall in a male-dominated career
Catherine Tully — Habush Habush & Rottier SC
Webb helps carve a path for others
Daphne Webb — Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
Wolfe finds strength in challenges of her job
Mary Wolfe — Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office