Diane M. Perri Roberts Named Recipient of The Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom

The law firm of Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria is proud to announce that the New York State Bar Association has named Diane M. Perri Roberts a 2018 recipient of the Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom.

The Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom is awarded annually to one or two female litigators who have distinguished themselves in the courtroom in either the Federal or State Courts in New York and who have shown a commitment to mentoring young attorneys in the legal community. Honorees are selected by a panel of esteemed judges and litigators from across New York State.

The Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the New York State Bar Association created the Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom to honor Shira Scheindlin, who served as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York from 1994 – 2016. The award is presented annually in the month of November, to commemorate the date in 1917 when women received the right to vote in New York State. Diane Perri Roberts is the first litigator from the Buffalo Niagara Region to receive the award.

Ms. Perri Roberts stated “I was both humbled and honored when I received the call from the President of the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section of the State Bar Association letting me know I was selected as one of the two state-wide recipients this year of the Shira Scheindlin award for ‘Excellence in the Courtroom’. Judge Scheindlin and the Section have helped bring to the forefront the challenges female litigators often face while advocating for their clients, perhaps more so in the business/commercial litigation area. It is a high point in my legal career to be chosen by such an esteemed panel to receive this award.”

Diane Perri Roberts, a Partner at Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria, focuses her practice in the areas of Employment Litigation and Commercial Litigation. She represents businesses in contract disputes and employment matters in federal and state court as well as in mediations and arbitrations. New York State passed one of the nation’s strongest and most comprehensive sexual harassment prevention legislation packages in 2018. Diane Perri Roberts has remained at the forefront of these laws and worked to ensure employers are in compliance with sexual harassment standards through services that include: creating policies, developing training, and conducting investigations for clients. Ms. Perri Roberts also defends employers in labor matters brought before the EEOC, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and OSHA. She earned a J.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, an MBA from Niagara University, and a B.S. from the State University College of New York at Buffalo.

Ms. Perri Roberts is Chair of the Lewiston Democratic Committee and Special Counsel to the Niagara County Democratic Committee. In addition to the Shira A. Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom, Ms. Perri Roberts has been recognized by her peers in Super Lawyers and Business First’s Legal Elite of WNY.

Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP has been serving all the legal needs of the Western New York community for over 50 years.  With nearly 50 attorneys, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP is one of Buffalo’s largest law firms. The firm serves individuals, organizations, and corporations in the areas of Accidents & Personal Injury, Business & Corporate Law, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Trials & Appeals, Estate Planning & Administration, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment Law, Matrimonial & Family Law, Medical Malpractice, Professional Licensing Defense, Real Estate, Social Security Disability, Sports & Entertainment Law, Workers’ Compensation, and Zoning & Land Use. In addition to its headquarters in Buffalo, Lipsitz Green Scime Cambria LLP maintains satellite offices in Amherst and Cheektowaga, New York; and a regional office in Los Angeles, CA.