New York Law Journal Profiles ‘Distinguished Leader’ Noreen Kelly

October 12, 2018

The New York Law Journal profiled McGuireWoods partner Noreen Kelly in a special publication featuring the 2018 winners of its Distinguished Leaders Awards. The awards recognize 20 lawyers in leadership roles who achieved impressive results over the past year.

Kelly, managing partner of the firm’s New York office, discussed her proudest recent achievements, her leadership philosophy and how the legal profession is changing in a Q&A with NYLJ.

“Whether it is leading a team of lawyers or the office, I think that to be effective, you have to act consistent with the notion that you are simply a vessel for the success of the team as a whole,” Kelly said. “That means designing and driving a strategy that is not simply self-promotional, but that takes into account the needs, strengths and weaknesses of all of the team’s members.”

Kelly said her proudest achievement “is having raised two successful, happy and independent children while maintaining a vibrant practice. Second to that, I am proud and honored to have led McGuireWoods’ New York office at a time of remarkable growth in various practice groups, including real estate finance, insolvency, broker-dealer litigation and enforcement and M&A, as well as its design and move to a new space more fitting of our place in the market.”

The winners will be recognized at the New York Legal Awards on Oct. 10.