Heather Giordanella, Counsel in Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP’s Philadelphia office, was sworn in today as the President of the National Association of Women Lawyers during the organization’s annual meeting in New York City.

The ceremony officially began Giordanella’s term as President, a role for which she has been preparing since her appointment to the Executive Board several years ago.  The National Association of Women Lawyers, or NAWL, is devoted to supporting and advancing the interests of women lawyers in the profession and under the law.  The organization serves as “the voice of women in the law” and as an educational forum.

In her speech Thursday, Giordanella said that, during the upcoming year, NAWL will continue its work by looking to the past for inspiration and wisdom, and evaluating the present to assess the landscape of the legal profession and what challenges remain for women.

“We will continue our goal of creating a future that embraces the advancement of women as part of a more diverse and inclusive culture,” Giordanella said.  “This is something for which we should strive not only as an organization, but as members of the legal community.” 

Giordanella is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group.  She focuses on matters involving special master services, employment disputes, commercial litigation and federal and state qui tam litigation.  Giordanella also is a member of Drinker Biddle’s Women’s Initiative, which is designed to promote the hiring, retention and promotion of women lawyers, facilitate  business development and marketing opportunities for women lawyers and advise the firm on issues and policies that concern women lawyers.

“This is a proud day for Heather and it is a proud day for us,” said Alfred W. Putnam Jr., Drinker Biddle’s Chairman.  “As any of her clients will tell you, Heather is an excellent lawyer.  But she has always managed to devote some of her time to making our profession more open, more accessible and more livable for women lawyers and, hence, better for all of us.  It is a distinguished and effective form of service, both to the profession and to the public.”

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