Lawyers Alliance Gala Honors Business Leaders

More than 450 leaders from the legal, financial and nonprofit sectors gathered at Gotham Hall in Manhattan for Lawyers Alliance's 2011 Business Law & Leadership Gala, celebrating the partnership between lawyers and nonprofits and their power to transform New York City communities.

This year's distinguished honorees were Louise M. Parent, executive vice president and general counsel, American Express Company; Deirdre Stanley, executive vice president and general counsel, Thomson Reuters; and Clifford N. Rosenthal, president and CEO, the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.

Jon Eric Hilsenrath, chief economic correspondent, The Wall Street Journal, served as master of ceremonies. The event provided an overview on Lawyers Alliance's scope of services for New York nonprofits and featured several successful nonprofit client projects from the past year, along with the outstanding pro bono attorneys who assisted them.According to Lawyers Alliance board chair Thomas H. Kennedy, "No other event in New York City draws together a more extraordinary mix of nonprofit leaders and business and transactional lawyers. Lawyers Alliance is now serving more nonprofit organizations, on more legal projects, with the assistance of more pro bono attorneys than ever before. I was thrilled to participate in this year's event, as I deeply value the talents and expertise of the Lawyers Alliance staff and its committed volunteer network as well as the leadership and impact of this year's honorees."