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Examining the Gender Gap in Litigation and Compliance

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Produced on February 28, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Ethics Litigation

Course Description

Gender inequality is still rife in the legal profession. Female students comprise almost 50% of law school enrollment, yet, women account for only 25% of law firm non-equity partners and 16% of equity partners. Female underrepresentation is also pronounced in the courtroom, FINRA arbitration forum, general counsel positions, and among the expert witness and mediator ranks. This course will address this gender disparity, explore the reasons for it, and discuss ways in which we can work to close the gap.

Join Angela Turiano and Matthew Plant for a discussion of these issues. Ms. Turiano and Mr. Plant are both New York City-based Principals at Bressler, Amery & Ross, P.C.  Ms. Turiano focuses her practice in securities litigation and regulatory matters as well as employment law. She also serves as the website editor for the Women’s Advocate Committee of the American Bar Association. Mr. Plant focuses his practice in securities litigation and regulatory matters, and further specializes in counseling clients in all aspects of the eDiscovery process. Mr. Plant also serves as the co-chair of his firm’s eDiscovery Committee.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Examine the gender gap that exists in the legal profession
  2. Familiarize yourself with the reasons why women are underrepresented in key roles
  3. Identify how to help improve female representation in order to close the gender gap
  4. Become familiar with the best practices for gender diversity

Credit Information

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Matthew Plant

Bressler, Amery & Ross

Matt Plant focuses in securities litigation and regulatory law. He has appeared on behalf of corporate and institutional clients in federal and state courts in New York and New Jersey, and at arbitrations before various self-regulatory organizations. He also represents individual registered representatives and corporate clients in connection with self-regulatory organizations and state investigations and inquiries.

Over the past years, Matt has personally witnessed product failures that have resulted in complex litigation for his clients. These failures have included hedge funds and structured products, among other examples. Matt is highly adept in guiding his clients beyond such obstacles and in overcoming financial product specific litigation claims.

Because Matt understands how financial products and services are structured and managed, his ability to work with witnesses involved in litigation claims is highly developed, and frequently a competitive edge for his clients. Often in partnership with in-house counsel, Matt has worked with his clients to ensure that such matters are handled in a consistent fashion and as efficiently as possible, never losing sight of achieving a positive result.

Matt is also a member of Bressler's Senior Issues: Counseling and Litigation Defense group. The lawyers in this group have a shared interest in providing counsel to corporate clients who confront issues affecting seniors.

Angela Turiano

Bressler, Amery & Ross

Angela Turiano focuses in the representation of brokerage firms and individual registered representatives in customer and employment arbitrations and litigation. Angela has worked as in-house counsel for two major securities firms, so she understands, from an internal perspective, the highly specific needs of her clients. Known for her composure and her commitment to achieving results, Angela’s clients also value that she serves as a FINRA Arbitrator. On many occasions, her experience in this capacity has benefited them greatly in terms of navigating beyond FINRA related obstacles.

Angela is a practiced trial lawyer who has appeared on behalf of corporate clients in New York federal and state courts and in arbitrations before various self-regulatory organizations. In addition to her extensive work in the securities arena, Angela has also represented individuals in both state and federal criminal prosecutions, from inception through trial. Prior to entering private practice, Angela served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted and successfully brought to trial multiple felony cases including Burglary, Narcotics Sale, Robbery and Kidnapping. 

Highly respected throughout the financial services industry, Angela is an active speaker in the securities community, including speaking engagements at the renowned NYU Stern School of Business and client firm roundtables and compliance conferences. She also served as a panelist for the American Conference Institute, where she has lectured on the latest trends in securities litigation. 

Angela partners with corporate clients to provide free legal advice at the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project (NELP) small business legal clinic, as well as volunteers annually as a mock arbitrator/trial judge in various law school competitions. Angela also speaks annually at the Lincoln High School Career Day in Yonkers, NY. 


Robin E.

As a female attorney, I was very interested in the information in the program, yet I was surprised that female attorneys are still so far behind male attorneys in so many areas.


Thank you!

Mary Ellen O.

The course is one of the best I have taken with your company.

Richard W.

Good program.

Michael H.

good show

Michael D.

good general information

Wanda S.

Becoming informed of the history of the underrepresentation of woman in many areas of the law is extremely useful to efforts to improve the numbers of women holding various legal positions.

Lisa K.

I thoroughly enjoyed this particular CLE. The speakers were both informative and knowledgeable, and the statistics were eye-opening. Thank you especially to Ms. Turiano.

Gabrielle C.

Good cle

Steven K.

Thank you!

Joy A.

Very informative. Great Content

Natalie H.

We need more of these seminars. MANDATORY for all. Very much appreciate the diversity requirement being added.

Daniel G.

Both speakers provided a nice job in providing this material. One critical issue that exists in this society is that biologically women give birth -- an extraordinary role. Both my daughters, who are brilliant chose to be mothers rather than professionals. Both very freely express that this as the better choice. Neither should be criticized for this choice; anymore than one chooses to do both, etc. Also, assuming male bias or female bias is not fair. Toxic masculinity is a term that should be as horrible as bias against women. I was glad to see that both speakers handled this topic very well. It was a relief to see that it was not politicized. Thank you!

Eric B.

Eye opening presentation. Still a long way to go...

Jason S.

not very substantive

Maria H.

The two speakers were great. It was an awesome course.

Emily F.

Great work!

Donald S.

Best presenters yet. Love to hear them on substantive or procedural questions. Thank you.

Stephanie R.

Good program. Basic ideas but presented in a very effective manner.

Alice D.

This is an important issue that needs more attention within the bar. Thanks for offering this CLE!

Lindsey G.

Best course I've taken on Lawline in two years. Great work, thank you.

Gary D.

Very good summary of the state of gender equity in law firms.

Joseph L.

The summary of citations and studies referred to was very interesting and helpful in looking at the materials presented.

Alexandra L.

Great presentation. It documents and supports that which virtually every woman lawyer has experienced and understands after entering the work force.

Dahyun K.

It was a very good seminar -

Peter D.

Both presenters were excellent.

Selina C.

Very interesting perspectives


I find it informative, and I appreciate the use of statistics in support.

Clarisse T.

Lots of interesting statistics

Ethan C.

Good course. Ethics hour. Yay!

David R.

I really appreciate the statistics used in support.

Peter R.

Informative and entertaining considering the subject matter, the host have good chemistry

Ronetta F.


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