Pamela Berman Receives 2014 Lelia J. Robinson Award from the Women's Bar Association

July 7, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Pamela Berman, a litigation partner in the firm’s Boston office, is a recipient of the 2014 Lelia J. Robinson Award.

Named after the first woman admitted to the Massachusetts bar, the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) established the Lelia J. Robinson Award in 1994 to recognize women who reflect Robinson’s pioneering spirit in the legal profession and have made a difference in the community. Previous recipients include Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, Judge Nancy Gertner, Beth Boland, and Lisa Goodheart, among others.  Berman and her co-recipient, Monica Halas, who is the lead attorney in the Employment Law Unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, will be honored at the WBA’s Annual Gala in November.  

"Lelia Robinson was a trailblazer in the legal profession, and her legacy is an enduring inspiration to me,” said Berman. “I am humbled and honored to join the group of award recipients, all of whom have dedicated themselves to improving our profession and our community."

"By earning this recognition, Pam reflects Bowditch & Dewey’s core commitment to community and client service,” added James D. Hanrahan, the firm’s managing partner. “Pam is the second partner in our firm to earn the Lelia J. Robinson Award, following our former partner, Lauren Stiller Rikleen. We are all very proud of her."

Berman is a highly regarded trial lawyer in the Boston office of Bowditch & Dewey, with impressive experience in the commercial litigation, securities and employment sectors, including two recent jury trials involving multi-million dollar disputes. For more than 30 years, she has represented businesses in complex commercial disputes and broker-dealers and brokers in arbitrations and enforcement proceedings. Her background also includes a wide variety of intellectual property matters, such as trademarks and copyright-infringement cases. 

Outside of the office, Berman served as the WBA’s president from 2005 – 2006 and co-chair of the WBA’s Women’s Leadership Initiative from 2010 – 2012. While working part time and raising children in 2000, she co-authored the ground-breaking WBA report, “More Than Part-Time.” From 2012 – 2013, she was the president of the National Conference of Women's Bar Associations. In 2013, she was selected to serve on the Advisory Committee on Judicial Nominations for the Federal Court in Boston, which was convened by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Pam chaired the Equality Commission from 2005 to 2011 and was a member of the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Work Life Balance. In 2013, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly recognized Berman with a "Top Women of Law Circle of Excellence" award.