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Locke Lord Morristown Partners Paulette Brown and Lisa Ann Ruggiero Named 2016 Top Women in Law by New Jersey Law Journal

September 19, 2016

(MORRISTOWN) September 19, 2016Paulette Brown and Lisa Ann Ruggiero, both Partners based in Locke Lord’s Morristown office, have been selected as 2016 Top Women in Law honorees by the New Jersey Law Journal. These awards recognize 25 female lawyers across New Jersey who have had notable achievements in recent years or have made an extraordinary impact on the legal profession.

Brown, the Immediate Past President of the American Bar Association (ABA), was recognized for spearheading the ABA event, “And Justice for All: An ABA Day of Service,” which was designed to enhance and expand local efforts to increase meaningful pro bono service to low income individuals and groups. Ruggiero was selected for her work serving as a lead partner and team member on two high-profile matters, including representation of client DaVita Healthcare Partners, Inc. when a federal judge in Colorado declined to certify a class of patients who claimed to have been injured from the use of certain dialysis products at DaVita clinics.

Brown is a Labor and Employment Partner and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. For nearly 40 years, Brown has focused her practice on all facets of labor and employment and commercial litigation. She is also nationally known for speaking out to eliminate bias in the U.S. legal system and for her fight against subtle racism, discrimination and small slights known as “micro-inequities.” Prior to entering private practice, she held a number of positions, including in-house counsel to Fortune 500 companies and as a Municipal Court judge.

Ruggiero is a member of Locke Lord’s Products Liability Practice Group and Class Action Practice Group. She provides management and defense of toxic tort, product liability and consumer fraud class action cases on behalf of major chemical, pharmaceutical, industrial, consumer product and medical services companies in federal and state courts. Ruggiero was a member of the Locke Lord team that was selected as the ‎exclusive winner of the “2015 Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year” ‎competition by the New Jersey Law Journal. Ruggiero is also a member of the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee.


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