Trustee Named Attorney of the Year

Grace Speights was recognized for her work as an employment lawyer during the #MeToo movement.

Grace Speights
Trustee Grace Speights attends an event with student leaders at the F Street House.
December 07, 2018

Grace Speights, secretary of the George Washington University Board of Trustees, has been named Attorney of the Year by The American Lawyer magazine.

A partner in Morgan Lewis's Labor and Employment Practice, Ms. Speights, J.D. ’82, was recognized for her work leading a team performing investigations and assessments of organizations’ culture, including allegations of sexual misconduct.

The group was “behind many of the investigations of the organizations whose #MeToo stories have made headlines in the past year,” the publication noted, including the Humane Society, NPR and PBS.

“We could not have done this without the many clients who are willing to engage us to handle some of the most sensitive employment matters they will ever have,” Ms. Speights said during an acceptance speech at a ceremony in New York, according to The American Lawyer.

Board of Trustees Chair Nelson Carbonell, Jr., B.S. ’85, said Ms. Speights’ recognition is “well deserved.”

“Grace is an accomplished attorney who brings dedication, integrity and passion to her work every day, including to our board,” Mr. Carbonell said. “I know I and many others have benefited from her strategic leadership and sound counsel. The university is fortunate to have her as a GW trustee.”

Ms. Speights earns both employers’ and employees’ trust in her work and uses “judgment and her insight about people to the job she does,” Morgan Lewis chair Jami Wintz McKeon told The American Lawyer.

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