Sheila Birnbaum
2020 Inductee

A PIONEER FOR WOMEN IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION
Sheila Birnbaum graduated from the New York University School Of Law in 1965, and has been a pioneer for women in the legal profession ever since. Her career includes serving as a partner in some of the most prestigious law firms in the country, including her current position as a partner with Dechert, LLP.
A pioneer in product liability defense, Birnbaum is a partner at Dechert and co-chair of the firm’s product liability and mass torts practice, focusing on complex product liability, mass torts, and insurance litigation. Previously, she was professor of law and associate dean at the Law School; chair of the product liability group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; and co-chair of the global product liability and mass torts practice at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. She has been named by Fortune as one of the 50 most powerful women in American business and by Crain’s New York Business as one of the 25 most influential women in New York business.
In 2017, Sheila helped found the Women’s Leadership network at NYU law school, which was later named after her as the Birnbaum Women’s Leadership Network. This vital organization seeks to identify and help overcome obstacles to women’s success in the law and nurture women’s leadership skills through training, research, and workplace equity initiatives.
In 2008, Birnbaum was honored by the Law Alumni Association with the Vanderbilt Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an NYU Law alumnus. In 2017 she received the Judge Edward Weinfeld Award, which recognizes distinguished alumni who graduated from the Law School 50 or more years ago. In addition, she is the 2018 recipient of the Law Women Alumna of the Year Award, awarded annually to outstanding alumnae who have broken new ground in the legal profession.
She has been named by Fortune as one of the 50 most powerful women in American business, Chambers USA as a “star individual” in the area of product liability, and Crain’s New York Business as one of the 25 most influential women in New York business.
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Mass Torts Made Perfect® seminars are designed to help plaintiff attorneys succeed in all aspects of their practices, from attracting clients to preparing for trials against formidable opponents.