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Analysis

Female Lawyers Are Still Struggling To Land Lead MDL Roles

Law360, New York (March 16, 2017, 1:47 PM EDT) -- While more and more female attorneys are shattering the glass ceiling and securing leadership posts in multidistrict litigation, the high-stakes, high-paying world of MDLs is still largely male-dominated, with only 16.5 percent of lead attorney roles going to women over the past five years, a new study shows.

A few standout female attorneys have recently made strides securing leadership roles in federal MDLs, including Elizabeth Cabraser, who was tapped in January 2016 to lead the high-profile Volkswagen AG emissions litigation; Roberta Liebenberg and Dianne Nast, who were named in November to lead antitrust litigation over alleged price-fixing of the drugs Digoxin...

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