Marianne C. LeBlanc, principal of SUGARMAN, recently received the American Association for Justice’s prestigious Marie Lambert Award. Each year, this award is given by American Association for Justice (AAJ) (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) to one female attorney in recognition of exemplary leadership to the profession, to her community, to the AAJ and to the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus.

LeBlanc has a longstanding record of leadership positions within the legal profession. She currently serves as the Massachusetts State Delegate to the American Association for Justice and as Chair of the Norfolk Superior Court Bench-Bar Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Academy for Trial Attorneys and the Women’s Bar Foundation. LeBlanc is a past president of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Women’s Bar Foundation and a past chair of the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus.

“Marianne is a trailblazer – she is a proven leader with a track record of success in all that she does whether securing a successful outcome for her clients, representing the opinions and concerns of women attorneys or mentoring the next generation of young lawyers,” noted firm co-founder Neil Sugarman. “She is an asset to our profession and the firm and we are all proud of her many accomplishments.”

The Women Trial Lawyers Caucus established the Marie Lambert Award in 1997, to recognize and honor women members of AAJ. The following principles guide the members of the Women Trial Lawyers Caucus: To advance the admirable and selfless philosophy in AAJ’s Mission, to strive to provide positive role models as women trial lawyers, to broaden the membership base of AAJ to include women by informing them of AAJ’s membership services and Mission, to provide a support system of women lawyers with whom to network, socialize, and form professional relationships, to develop female leadership for AAJ, to provide fellowship and mentorship to newly-licensed female lawyers who embark on a career of trial law, and to uphold the honor, integrity, and dignity of the legal profession.

“I am humbled be recognized by the AAJ and be among many of the women who were mentors to me when I started my career,” said LeBlanc. “I look forward to furthering the mission of the AAJ – to ensure that people who are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others can obtain justice in our courtrooms.”

Marianne LeBlanc Wins 2014 Marie Lambert Award