May 13, 2014
Cynthia Shoss (L ’74), a Sutherland Asbill & Brennan partner in New York, received the Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Life Insurance Counsel on May 5.
Photo courtesy of the ALIC
Cynthia Shoss (L ’74) talks with Tulane Law School Dean David Meyer during the ALIC annual meeting in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Robert D. Shoss
Cynthia Shoss (L ’74), a Sutherland Asbill & Brennan partner featured at a fall panel on pioneering women of Tulane Law School, has achieved another milestone: she’s the first woman to receive the Buist M. Anderson Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Life Insurance Counsel.
ALIC is the premier association for life insurance counsel. Membership primarily includes general counsels and senior lawyers at most of the top and mid-sized life insurance companies, along with senior partners at the law firms that serve them. The Anderson Award is the highest honor for service to the profession, given annually to a single recipient.
Colleagues praised Shoss as “a towering figure in the insurance industry,” “a tireless and generous leader,” someone who combines “a deep and unfailing personal grace with hard work and super-effectiveness” and many other superlatives, Life Insurance Council of New York President & CEO Thomas E. Workman said in presenting the award May 5 at the association’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas.
Shoss, who co-leads Sutherland’s insurance practice, is a nationally recognized adviser on insurance regulatory matters. She handles transformative transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, demutualizations, conversions and other restructurings, and assists clients with legislation, compliance, governance and investment issues.
Shoss also is a faculty member in Tulane Law School’s annual lawyering skills boot camp, mentoring students in how to represent a client in a simulated business transaction.
Tulane Law Dean David Meyer attended the awards dinner and took part the next morning in an ALIC meeting panel on innovation in legal education. Meyer was asked to speak about the Intersession boot camp and other initiatives the law school is undertaking to ensure that Tulane graduates remain prepared to lead in the evolving market for legal services.
Meyer was joined by University of Texas Law School Dean Ward Farnsworth and Seton Hall Dean Patrick Hobbs. The panel was moderated by Susan L. Lees, executive vice president and general counsel for Allstate Insurance.
“We are extremely proud of Cynthia Shoss,” Meyer said. “She is a national leader in her field and consistently uses her influence to give back to the next generation of lawyers, who have an easier path thanks to the trails she’s blazed.”