Corporate Counsel names Kelly Rittenberry Culhane a 2021 Managing Partner of the Year

Corporate Counsel, in conjuction with, has named our Co-founding Managing Partner Kelly Rittenberry Culhane a Managing Partner of the Year as part of its 2021 Women, Influence and Power in Law Awards. She is among those to be honored at Corporate Counsel’s Women, Influence & Power Awards dinner on October 7, 2021, in Washington, DC, says Editor-in-Chief Heather Nevitt.

Kelly Rittenberry Culhane

“This award,” says Co-founding Partner James Meadows, “is a well-deserved acknowledgment of Kelly’s impact in the founding and running of Culhane Meadows, now the largest, full-service, woman-owned law firm in the country, and the legal community overall.”

“Kelly is the heart of what we do and who we are at Culhane Meadows,” agrees Co-founding Partner Heather Clauson Haughian. “She is the embodiment of our commitment to diversity, transparency, and the delivery of sophisticated legal counsel to our global roster of clients.“

Adds Co-founding Partner Grant Walsh, “As a Managing Partner, attorney, and mentor, this award honors Kelly’s original vision for Culhane Meadows as we’ve grown to 70 partners nationwide. From our founding, she has dedicated herself to advancing the cause of women in the law, so we find it very fitting that Corporate Counsel recognizes her work and leadership as a 2021 Women, Influence and Power in the Law Managing Partner of the Year award winner.“

“I’m truly honored,” adds Culhane. “However, recognition belongs to Culhane Meadows’ entire leadership team—Jim Meadows, Heather Clauson Haughian, Grant Walsh, and Kim Verska. I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved in just eight years and what our amazing partners will do going forward to build a better, more equitable corner of the legal profession.”


Culhane Meadows ( is the largest woman-owned (WBE), national full-service law firm in the country.  Built to offer experienced former BigLaw attorneys a better way to practice sophisticated law and achieve a work/life balance, they offer their partners fully remote work, a transparent, math-based compensation structure, and collaborative culture. The firm’s clients include individuals and small businesses and more than 30 Fortune 1000 companies. Culhane Meadows is a proud member of the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) and Women Owned Law (WOL).

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