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DRI Annual Professional Achievement and Service Award Winners

  • by DRI
  • Nov 6, 2020, 13:26 PM
During last month’s Virtual Annual Meeting, DRI recognized the following individuals, firms, and organizations for their public service, involvement in the DRI community, and contributions to the law.

Sheryl J. Willert Pioneer Diversity Award
Raymond M. Williams, DLA Piper LLP, Philadelphia, PA

Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award
David L. Jones, Wright Lindsey & Jennings LLP, Little Rock, AR (Construction Law Committee)

Kevin Driskill Outstanding State Representative Award
Jill Cranston Rice, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Morgantown, WV

Fred H. Sievert Award
(Recognizing an Outstanding Defense Bar Leader)
John T. Sly (Maryland Defense Counsel)

G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication Award
Ryan L. Harrison, Cokinos Young, Austin, TX
Kelsey C. Osborne, Paine, Tarwater, & Bickers LLP, Knoxville, TN
Anne A. Gruner, Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Nicholas M. Centrella, Jr., Duane Morris LLP, Philadelphia, PA
Anthony L. Schumann, Quintairos Prieto Wood & Boyer PA, Chicago, IL

Albert H. Parnell Outstanding Program Chair Award
Caroline J. Berdzik, Goldberg Segalla LLP, Buffalo, NY  (2019 Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar)

DRI Lifetime Community Service Award
Connie A. Matteo, Pfizer Inc., Peapack, NJ

Rudolph A. Janata Award (Recognizing an Outstanding Defense Bar Association)
Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

SLDO Executive Director Award
Mary W. Gadd (Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association)

Tom Segalla Excellence in Education Award
E. Todd Presnell, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Nashville, TN

Richard H. Krochock Award (Recognizing exemplary leadership to the DRI Young
Lawyers Committee)
John F. Kuppens, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Columbia, SC

Veterans Network Meritorious Service Award
John R. Kouris, DRI, Chicago, IL

Louis B. Potter Lifetime Professional Service Award
Marc E. Williams, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Huntington, WV

Congratulations to this year’s DRI Professional Achievement and Service Award Winners!
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