Julie Reiser Receives Prestigious Burton Award for Excellence in Legal Writing

April 8, 2016

Julie Goldsmith Reiser has been named a 2016 winner of the Burton Awards, placing her among the “finest law firm writers” in the nation.  Since 1999, the Burton Awards have associated with the Library of Congress to recognize writing excellence among the nation’s law firms.  The competition produced 35 winners from published work submitted by 1,000 law firms.  Articles were judged by a team of law school professors from Yale, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford and other institutions.

Ms. Reiser’s article, “Pre-Dispute Arbitration Clauses: Taking the Alternative Out of Dispute Resolution,” responds to the Mercatus Center’s critique of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s study on mandatory arbitration clauses.  Ms. Reiser’s article explains that arbitration clauses are insidious because consumers often recognize their significance and limitations only after a dispute arises and corporations use them to evade large-scale liability for unfair and deceptive practices.  Read the winning submission.

Ms. Reiser’s practice focuses on representing public pension plans and other institutional investors in high-stakes securities litigation. Over the years, Ms. Reiser has become a recognized leader in the securities plaintiffs’ bar, demonstrating a keen understanding of complex financial and economic issues and using her intuition and strategic thinking to develop strong legal theories.