BakerHostetler Women's Committee Honors Emily C. Crosby with 2020 Trailblazer Award

Press Releases / August 13, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Aug. 13, 2020 – BakerHostetler is pleased to announce that partner Emily C. Crosby has been honored with the Women’s Committee’s 2020 Trailblazer Award. The award recognizes a woman who has made significant contributions to BakerHostetler and the legal profession and who inspires female colleagues through example and achievement. The Women’s Committee solicits nominations from women throughout the firm, and the Women’s Steering Committee votes on the nominee.

Crosby was presented with the award during a firmwide virtual address. “Emily is an excellent partner and selfless colleague who has led and inspired us all from the moment she joined us,” said BakerHostetler chairman Paul Schmidt. “Her influence is found in how she interacts with and affects people across the firm, and her dedication to helping others succeed has created a lasting impact and serves as a testament to how important her work is for us all. Emily leads by example, is deeply committed to client service, and is someone I am very proud to call partner and friend.”

“Emily leads with a clarity of purpose and a heart full of warmth and compassion,” said Women’s Committee chair Jenni Edwards. “Every woman in this firm is a beneficiary of Emily’s passion and drive for ensuring they are supported, valued and celebrated.” Women’s Committee deputy chair Bridget McCabe added, “Emily is the kind of person who sees everything you could be and gives you the tools to get there. She is a trailblazer through and through.”

Crosby joined the firm in 2015 and quickly became a leader in the Atlanta office. As the former chair of the Women’s Committee, she spearheaded the development of several innovative programs to help provide ongoing support to the firm’s female attorneys. Some of the initiatives that Crosby led include establishing a new parents program to help parents balance the challenges of returning to work with a newborn at home, bringing in a nationally renowned consultant to support women at all levels of their careers, prioritizing gender equity and spearheading a partnership between the firm and the Ellevate Network, an organization that helps women throughout the firm connect with high achieving women throughout the world. She has mentored and supported many women at BakerHostetler, helping them cultivate and build networks they need for long-term success. Crosby currently serves as the chair of the firmwide Diversity Council, a committee that provides strategic guidance regarding the firm’s diversity initiatives and programs, working in close partnership with BakerHostetler’s new Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Leah Fisher.

In addition to her work on women’s initiatives and work on the firm’s inclusion and diversity efforts, Crosby maintains a strong legal practice, advising a broad spectrum of healthcare clients on transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, affiliations, investments and other strategic alignments. Crosby is well respected in the institutional and post-acute space, where she works regularly with owners and operators of facility and community-based services and supports.

“Emily is a key member of our Atlanta office,” said Joann Gallagher Jones, managing partner of BakerHostetler’s Atlanta office. “Her dynamic vision reinforces our commitment to the community by working with various nonprofit partners in our Women’s Committee campaigns.”

“I’m incredibly humbled to receive the Trailblazer Award,” said Crosby. “I think being a trailblazer is more than making a path where none existed before. Sometimes it is walking an existing path, with an acute awareness of what the path was like before you got there and how it was made better by those who came before you, who is walking alongside you, and who is coming behind you. It is also being really intentional about making the path wider, smoother and faster. I’ve been fortunate to follow incredible trailblazers – in my office and in this firm – and I look forward to the work ahead.”

The Trailblazer presentation also featured remarks from chief practice partner Lauren Resnick, partners Carole Rendon and Ted Jacobs, associate Ernessa McKie, and Crosby’s husband, children, friends and clients.

BakerHostetler’s Women’s Committee was formed to provide recommendations to management with respect to the challenges facing women in the legal profession. The Committee comprises attorneys from all BakerHostetler’s offices, as well as representatives of firmwide human resources and marketing departments, focuses on efforts supporting gender equity in recruiting and retention, business development, work/life balance and advancement to management.


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