How can I be considered for the Corporate Counsel awards?

Nominations can be made by anyone, including yourself. Each nominee must have a completed nomination form  in order to be considered for this award.

To be eligible, nominees must live in or work in Western New York at the time of judging. Nominations will be taken for the following awards:

Corporate Counsel of the Year
Award will be presented, in multiple categories, to a corporate counsel, at all levels who is responsible for navigating
complicated contract negotiations, defend their companies in high stakes litigation and defend some of an
organization’s most important assets.

Rising Star Award
One award will be presented to a corporate counsel under the age of 40, who has demonstrated strong negotiation
skills and has exemplified leadership potential in the legal field (Rising Star Award is not always awarded each year)

Lifetime Achievement Award
One award will be presented to a current or former corporate counsel, who has honorably represented his/her
company or organization by exemplifying performance, leadership, integrity, strategy and growth throughout his/her
career while bettering the business operation overall. (Lifetime Achievement Award is not always awarded each year)

Can I save the nomination form while working on them?

Unfortunately you cannot at the moment, but we’re working to fix that. In the meantime, we suggest either filling out the forms on a separate sheet of paper first or be prepared to spend some time on the forms.

Who are the judges and what are they looking for when selecting the award winners?

The judges are members of our editorial staff and management. They look for attorneys who have a positive impact on the company or organization they serve, and who demonstrate exceptional character, integrity and ethics, and must show a significant contribution to the success of their client.

Should I have a letter of recommendation sent?

Letters of recommendation are strongly suggested, but not required to be considered for this award, and they should be sent to Jessica Sims.

Can I buy a table?

Yes, but the tables are limited so please contact Kevin Momot as soon as possible for more information.

What is the format of the event?

This event is broken down into both a networking reception as well a dinner. The event begins with networking and moves into dinner, followed by an awards program.

Do I have to pay for parking at the venue?

Yes. There will be the opportunity to pre-pay inside the hotel before the event and before you return to your car for your convenience. For specific answers, visit the Hyatt’s website.

Do winners sit with guests?

Whenever possible, yes, however the only guaranteed seating is through a sponsorship.

If I or my guest have a food allergy, what do I do?

Please inform Jessica Sims of your allergy as early as possible.

Do winners have a speaking role?

No, there is no speaking for winners. They are brought on stage to accept their award and pose for photographs while we read a brief bio about them.

Do winners need to purchase a ticket?

No, winners do not need to purchase a ticket, all other attendees must.

Can I buy an ad in the publication?

Yes. Though you might get more for your money with a sponsorship. Please contact Kevin Momot for more information on sponsorship levels and advertising possibilities.

If I or my guests are handicapped, what should I do?

Please contact Jessica Sims and we will accommodate anything you need.

Can a deceased person be a nominee?

Nominees must be living at the time of the nomination in order to be eligible for the award.