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Ungaretti & Harris Women Attorneys, Clients Gather at 2008 Women’s Networking Event

November 20, 2008

Chicago, November 20, 2008 – The women attorneys of Ungaretti & Harris welcomed female clients and guests to the firm's annual Women's Networking Event on Wednesday, November 12. This year, they gathered for an evening of drinks and creative hors d’oeuvres with Chicago restaurateur Angela Lee at her newest restaurant, Veerasway, a modern Indian restaurant in the West Loop.

Ms. Lee, one of the pioneers of Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row, also owns Randolph Street restaurants Sushi Wabi and De Cero. She spoke to over 90 attendees on her experience owning and running Chicago restaurants and handling the unique challenges of women in business. Ms. Lee noted that Veerasway is her favorite of the three restaurants since it is the first that she created entirely by herself.

“The event was a great success. It provided women attorneys and business professionals the opportunity to socialize and network in an elegant environment,” said Samera S. Ludwig, who co-chaired the event along with fellow Litigation Partner Susan G. Feibus. Ms. Ludwig also serves as co-chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee.

This event is one of several events in recent years organized by Ungaretti & Harris’ Women Partners Marketing Group to provide a forum for networking, socializing, and professional development for women. The group previously hosted a wine tasting event at Brasserie Jo with Master Sommelier Alpana Singh, host of the PBS restaurant review program Check, Please!

Ungaretti & Harris is proud of the past success of these events and the networking opportunities it provides to our female guests and especially to our younger women attorneys. In fact, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the National Law Journal recently recognized Ungaretti & Harris’ efforts in response to a Call to Action by the Chicago Bar Association's Alliance for Women. The firm was one of 12 firms which succeeded in increasing its percentage of women partners by three percent over a three-year period. Forty-four area firms participated in the campaign.