White & Case partner Eric Grannon and associate Nicolle Kownacki have been named recipients of the 2013 Burton Award for Distinguished Legal Writing, which is held in association with the Library of Congress. White & Case is the only firm whose lawyers have won the award 12 years in a row.
Eric Grannon is a partner in the Firm's Global Antitrust Practice based in Washington, DC. He advises clients on antitrust matters, including civil and criminal defense as well as counseling for mergers and acquisitions and settlements of pharmaceutical patent litigation. Since 2001, he also has helped clients with concerns under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other anti-corruption issues. A former prosecutor, Grannon returned to White & Case after serving as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). He ended his DOJ service with a detail as a Special Assistant US Attorney in the District of Columbia.
He is a recognized leader in the antitrust space. Law360 named Grannon an antitrust "MVP" for 2012, one of only eight lawyers across the United States. The Am Law Litigation Daily named him a "Litigator of the Week" in 2012 for successfully arguing an antitrust appeal against the Federal Trade Commission.
Nicolle Kownacki is an associate in the Firm's International Arbitration and Litigation Groups also based in DC. She represents and advises private companies, foreign sovereigns and international financial institutions in the resolution of international disputes. She has represented clients in arbitrations before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes as well as in litigation in US federal district and appellate courts.
Grannon and Kownacki were recognized by the Burton Foundation for their article, "Are Antitrust Violations Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude?" which appeared in the April 2012 issue of The Champion, a National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers publication. The article discusses whether violations of the Sherman Antitrust Act are actually crimes involving moral turpitude, concluding that they are not and questioning the United States Department of Justice's use of this leverage.
Now in its 14th 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; Anne E. Kringel, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Grace Tonner, University of California Law School at Irvine; Judge Ed Forstenzer, California's Superior Court (retired); and William Ryan, former Chair of the White House Plain Language Committee.
The Burton Awards Honorary Board of Directors includes: Judge Richard Posner, US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit; Judge Alex Kozinski, US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit; Justice Carol A. Corrigan, California Supreme Court; Judge Judith S. Kaye, former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals; US Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (Pennsylvania); US Senator Michael F. Bennet (Colorado); US Senator John Cornyn (Texas); US Senator Mike Crapo (Idaho); US Congressman Spencer Bachus (Alabama); Thomas L. Sager, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for DuPont Legal; Les Parrette, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Compliance Officer for Novelis Inc.; Keith C. Wetmore, Chair Emeritus, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Sabine Curto, Senior Director of Administration, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Stephen R. Mysliwiec, Partner, DLA Piper; and Dennis Smith, Former Senator and Member of the Judiciary Committee, Missouri Legislature.
Grannon and Kownacki will be honored at the 2013 Burton Awards event at the Library of Congress on June 3, 2013.
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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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