“Together We Succeed”: Hagens Berman Associate Whitney K. Siehl Installed as 2023-2024 President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
CHICAGO – Hagens Berman’s Whitney K. Siehl has been appointed president of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) at the organization’s 109th Annual Installation Dinner and Awards Gala at the Field Museum in Chicago, bringing with her the message of success through unity and equity.
Ms. Siehl embodies the WBAI’s mission to protect and advance the interests of women and women lawyers through her legal practice. Her work as a plaintiffs’ litigator focuses on sexual abuse and harassment law, among other areas, and she was part of the Hagens Berman team that secured a settlement fund valued at over $17 million for survivors of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual abuse. She also helped establish a $215 million settlement fund for USC students who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall.
Ms. Siehl also practices in the areas of class action, antitrust, mass tort, consumer protection, environmental and sports law, and has represented workers in wage-fixing antitrust matters, fought for athletes in concussion litigation and college students and consumers in COVID-19 refund litigation. She has dedicated her career to taking a stand for women and other vulnerable populations against corporations and other powerful institutions.
The WBAI is one of the oldest and largest bar associations in Illinois, and Ms. Siehl is tied as the youngest president in the organization’s 109-year history. She enters her term with a commitment to fostering cooperation and community.
“My theme for the 2023-2024 bar year is Together We Succeed, with a strong focus on partnerships, including supporting women- and minority-owned businesses, diversity bar associations, mentoring, collaboration and empowerment through sport and healthy activity,” Ms. Siehl said.
Hagens Berman is committed to uplifting women and fighting for civil and social justice. The firm exemplifies this not just in the cases it chooses to pursue, but also in its hiring practices and community partnerships. Of the six Hagens Berman attorneys promoted to partner in January 2023, five were women, and the firm has partnered with the WBAI in support of Ms. Siehl and the association’s work for the 2023-2024 year.
“It is very meaningful to work at a firm that truly shows up for equality and diversity in our profession,” Ms. Siehl said. “I feel incredibly supported by all of the amazing attorneys and staff at Hagens Berman, and I know that together, we can and will succeed in creating a more just world.”
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