On Thursday, July 21, 2011, Nancy A. Lottinville, Esq., Counsel to Gibbons P.C.’s Newark based Real Property & Environmental Department was awarded the Virginia S. Mueller Outstanding Member Award by the National Association of Women Lawyers, the first national bar association for women established in 1899. Ms. Lottinville, along with six other attorneys chosen from NAWL’s nationwide membership, accepted the award at NAWL’s Annual Meeting held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. NAWL presents the Outstanding Member Award to NAWL members for exemplary contributions to NAWL. Ms. Lottinville’s contributions include several years of service on multiple committees including the 2011 Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting Logistics Committee, as well as Program Committee member for the 2010 New Jersey NAWL Night of Giving and the 2011 New Jersey Supreme Court Appellate Advocacy Program.
Ms. Lottinville is the Co-Chair of the Women’s Initiative Community Outreach Committee at Gibbons. Her practice focuses on real estate development and redevelopment, land use permitting and commercial real estate transactions for developers of shopping centers, retail stores, banks, franchisors and mixed commercial – residential developments, as well extensive land use due diligence investigations for regional and national investors in a variety of real estate development projects.
Others honored at NAWL’s Annual Meeting include: Brooksley Born, who received the Public Service Award; Susan Blount, who accepted the President’s Award on behalf of Prudential Financial Inc. Legal Department; Judge Harold Baer of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and Marc Firestone , General Counsel of Kraft Foods who each received the NAWL Lead by Example Award; and Michele Coleman Mayes who received the M. Ashley Dickerson Award for the promotion of diversity in the legal profession. NAWL’s most prestigious award, the Arabella Babb Mansfield Award – named for the first woman admitted to a state bar in the United States – was presented to Jamie Gorelick, one of the longest serving Deputy Attorney’s General of the United States, a former general counsel to the Departments of Defense and Energy, a former president of the Washington D.C. Bar and current Co-Chair of the ABA Commission on Legal Ethics.
Ms. Lottinville’s colleague, Luis Diaz, Esq., a Director and Chief Diversity Officer at Gibbons, participated in an afternoon CLE program panel which focused on overcoming unconscious bias. Gibbons is also represented within NAWL by Kristin Sostowski, who is a Director in Gibbons Employment & Labor Law Department. Kristen was sworn in as a new member of NAWL’s Executive Board at the NAWL Annual Meeting. Christine Amalfe, Gibbons Employment & Labor Law Department Chair, is also a member of the Board of the NAWL Foundation.