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Partner Karen Lerner elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation

Kirby McInerney is pleased to announce that New York-based partner Karen Lerner has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Established in 1955, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is a global honorary society comprised of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars and limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. 
Ms. Lerner’s work focuses on antitrust and commodities litigation, and she has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of institutional and individual plaintiffs over the course of her career. She has played essential roles in several landmark antitrust cases and remains one of the few women ever appointed as Interim Co-Lead Class Counsel in a Commodity Exchange Act case. In 2022, The National Law Journal named Ms. Lerner as part of the Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar, and Super Lawyers named her a Top-Rated Antitrust Litigation Attorney for the second year in a row.
A 1988 graduate of The University at Albany, SUNY, Ms. Lerner received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 1991. In addition to her litigation work, she actively promotes volunteerism in the legal community and through women’s organizations. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion and is a member of Women Antitrust Plaintiffs’ Attorneys (WAPA), an organization for female attorneys who focus their legal practice on representing businesses injured by cartels or other anticompetitive activities.
ABF Fellows serve as stewards of the American Bar Foundation, an independent, nonprofit research organization that conducts short- and long-term socio-legal research projects. The ABF’s mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law. The ABF’s research falls under one of three categories: learning and practicing law; protecting rights and accessing justice; and making and implementing law. In addition, the Foundation is committed to the broad dissemination of research findings to the organized bar, scholars, and the general public. Notable Fellows include the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader-Ginsberg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts, and Former United States Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton.