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Ahmann ('85) and Verneris Win Burton Award for Faegre & Benson

NOVEMBER 12, 2010—Bridget M. Ahmann ('85), a partner at Faegre & Benson, and her colleague in the firm’s device litigation practice, Erin M. Verneris, won a 2010 Burton Award for Legal Achievement in the law firm category for “Name Brand Exposure for Generic Drug Use: Prescription for Liability.” Their winning article, which discusses legal developments affecting the liability of manufacturers of name-brand drugs for claims arising from ingestion of generic equivalents, was published in the Summer 2009 issue of the Hamline Law Review.

The national awards, sponsored by the Library of Congress and the Burton Foundation, are given for clarity and excellence in legal writing. They were presented at the 11th anniversary Burton Award program in Washington, D.C., in June. The theme of the 2010 event, attended by more than 400 judges, law firm partners and managing partners, and law school deans from across the nation, was “Dedicated to a Decade of Difference.”

Guest speakers at the black-tie dinner were Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and Ted Poe, a Texas Congressman and former judge known for his creative sentencing. Bryan A. Garner was honored as “the Preeminent Legal Writing and Reference Author of the Decade,” and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin was presented the “Author of the Decade in Law Nonfiction Award.”

Participation in the law firm category writing awards is limited to the 1,000 largest law firms in America because of the resources and number of judges available. Since the program began, the quality and number of submissions have increased steadily. This year marks the tenth consecutive year Faegre & Benson lawyers have received the award.


Bridget Ahmann

Bridget Ahmann ('85)