Holland & Knight Partners Deborah Barnard and Janis Schiff were honored with the “Diversity and Inclusion: Lifetime Achievement” Award by Chambers USA. The award recognizes the honorees’ commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion throughout their careers, and the difference they have made both at Holland & Knight and in the wider legal community. Ms. Barnard and Ms. Schiff were presented with the award during a virtual ceremony celebrating the recipients of the Chambers USA Awards 2023 on June 15.

Ms. Schiff is a Washington, D.C., real estate partner who chairs the firm’s National Retail Development and Leasing Team. Ms. Barnard is a product liability and environmental litigation partner in Boston and serves as the firm’s Professional Growth and Development Partner. Both have served on the firm’s Directors Committee and in other significant leadership positions.

Ms. Barnard and Ms. Schiff founded and have led Holland & Knight’s groundbreaking Rising Stars program since its inception. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the program continues to produce remarkable results. All Rising Stars graduates at the firm are now partners, and 40 percent of those who were non-equity partners in the program are now equity partners. Four female members of Holland & Knight’s Directors Committee are former Rising Stars. Other graduates lead Holland & Knight offices and practice groups and serve in other firm leadership roles.

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