White & Case partner Owen Pell has been named a recipient of a 2014 Burton Award for Legal Achievement which is held in association with the Library of Congress. Pell also won a Burton Award in 2003 and is the Firm’s first two-time winner. White & Case has won a Burton Award every year since 2001, the only firm to be recognized consistently for the past 13 years.
Based in New York, Pell is a partner in the Firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice. He co-authored an op-ed article with J.D. Bindenagel, a former special envoy for Holocaust issues at the State Department. The winning article, "How to Handle that Nazi-Era Trove," appeared in the November 18, 2013, edition of The Wall Street Journal and discusses how Germany should address issues surrounding art collections looted from Jews during the Holocaust and outlines specific steps to be taken in relation to a recently discovered trove of looted art. To read the entire article, please click here.
Pell has counseled clients on issues pertaining to Holocaust-looted art and presented a public lecture to the New York State Court of Appeals on this issue. He also helped formulate a proposal for creating a title-clearing and dispute resolution entity to address claims relating to works of art looted during the Holocaust. The European Parliament adopted a resolution supporting further study of the proposal, and Pell subsequently was the only private lawyer on the US delegation to the June 2009 Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets, and he continues to advise the State Department on Holocaust property issues.
Now in its 15th year, the Burton Awards recognize the finest in legal writing. Nominations are submitted by law firms and include exemplary articles that have been published by their lawyers during the past year. Out of the 1,000 largest law firms in the United States, only 30 winners are selected each year.
The submissions were judged by an academic board led by Virginia Wise, Harvard Law School; Philip Genty, Columbia Law School; Jeanne Merino, Stanford Law School; Judge Ed Forstenzer, California’s Superior Court (retired); and William Ryan, former Chair of the White House Plain Language Committee and William C. Burton, author of Burton’s Legal Thesaurus and Founder and Chair of the Burton Awards.
About the Burton Awards
The Burton Awards is funded by the Burton Foundation which is a non-profit, academic effort devoted to recognizing and rewarding excellence in the legal profession. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has focused primarily on the refinement and enrichment of legal writing. The program honors partners in law firms and law school students who use plain, clear and concise language in their writing.
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