Bettina B. Plevan, a partner at Proskauer Rose LLP, has been named one of the 50 most influential women lawyers in America by National Law Journal magazine. Ms. Plevan, who serves as co-chair of Proskauer's International Labor & Employment Practice, was cited for her work promoting diversity and pro bono initiatives while president of the New York City Bar as well as her extensive employment defense work and numerous other positions and initiatives demonstrating her commitment to using the law to effect change.
The achievements that led to Ms. Plevan's inclusion encompass both her work at Proskauer and in the legal community. During her tenure as the second woman president of the 23,000-member New York City Bar Association, Ms. Plevan was responsible for a number of important achievements including: increasing the private bar's commitment to pro bono work; increasing access to justice for the underserved; protecting the civil rights of all citizens, and promoting diversity in the legal community.
At Proskauer, the labor and employment matters she has handled on behalf of clients in a diverse range of industries such as banking and finance, professional services, health care, entertainment, publishing, and consumer products include: being called upon by some of the nation's top law firms to provide the full range of employment advice, from counseling on hiring and firing practices to defending against discrimination claims; defending against discrimination class actions; serving as Bristol-Myers Squibb's go-to employment litigation counsel; extensive work for CBS and Lazard; representing Meritor Savings Bank in the remand of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, and representing Penthouse magazine in the successful reversal of a multimillion dollar punitive damages award against it. She is also head of the firm's Client Team Program, which is dedicated to growing client relationships and maximizing the firm's interdisciplinary approach on behalf of its clients.