Yvette Ostolaza, Sidley’s Management Committee chair and Executive Committee member, will receive the National Association of Women Lawyers’ (NAWL) 2023 “M. Ashley Dickerson Diversity Award.” Named after Mahala Ashley Dickerson, NAWL’s first African-American President, this award is presented to a lawyer who has promoted and advanced diversity in the legal profession. Yvette was selected as the honoree for her commitment to forging a path to leadership for women and diverse lawyers. NAWL will present her with the award at its Annual Meeting in Chicago on July 20, 2023.
Yvette’s historic appointment to chair Sidley’s Management Committee follows a decades-long career of trailblazing accomplishments. She is the firm’s first woman Management Committee chair and also the first woman to lead any top seven AmLaw revenue firm. Yvette is also one of the country’s leading business litigators. She is a trial lawyer and leads internal investigations on behalf of companies, board committees, and individual directors, and defends companies/directors in shareholder and securities class actions.