October 28, 2009
Kelley Drye & Warren LLP Of Counsel Jodie Bernstein has been named a Lifetime Achiever by The American Lawyer. The publication honors Ms. Bernstein among a select group of attorneys recognized for their “brilliant legal skills and a higher calling,” combining careers in the private sector with longtime commitments to public service.
Ms. Bernstein was honored at The American Lawyer Awards Ceremony in New York on October 28, 2009, and profiled in the magazine’s September issue.
This tribute is yet another milestone in Ms. Bernstein’s career, which began almost six decades years ago when she became the first female lawyer at Shearman & Sterling. The American Lawyer article discusses how she overcame economic obstacles as well as barriers based on gender and religion to forge a groundbreaking career in government. She rose to become director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, general counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency, and general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
While at the FTC, she expanded the Bureau’s prosecution of unfair and deceptive marketing practices and fashioned federal policy on the emerging issues of identity theft, Internet privacy, and deceptive marketing practices. In private practice Ms. Bernstein has handled a wide variety of cases and projects, including such unique challenges as helping the food industry develop the Children’s Food and Beverage Initiative, a program of self-regulation designed to shift the mix of advertising messaging to children to encourage healthier dietary choices and healthy lifestyles.
At Kelley Drye, Ms. Bernstein counsels clients across the spectrum of privacy and consumer protection law.
Other recent recipients of the Lifetime Achiever award include former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, and former U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Patricia Wald (Bernstein’s Yale Law School roommate).