Philadelphia counsel Heather Giordanella was honored in The Legal Intelligencer’s “Women of the Year” feature.

Heather, president of the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL), was chosen for her focus on “advancing women in the profession.”

“We need to continue to advocate for women to be in leadership positions in law firms,” she said at the beginning of her tenure as president, “because giving women those opportunities definitely helps overall in the retention and promotion of women.”

Every two years, The Legal highlights the achievements of top women lawyers across the state of Pennsylvania in an effort to illuminate the valuable work being done.

In compiling the list of honorees, staff searched law firms, public interest organizations and government agencies for women lawyers making an impact. They also examined The Legal archives and asked for insight from various respected legal professionals.