Crain's Chicago names 3 McDonald Hopkins attorneys to list of 2024 Notable Women in Law

CHICAGO – Crain's Chicago Business has selected McDonald Hopkins' Blair Dawson, Emily Johnson, and Michelle Kantor to its 2024 list of Notable Women in Law.

According to Crain's, the 2024 list recognizes Chicago-area lawyers who "practice across a wide range of specialties, counseling clients from small businesses to giant multinationals, from families to corporate boards. They serve as mentors and guiding lights for other women in their firms and bring their expertise to their communities and nonprofits outside the office."

Nominations for 2024 honorees were considered by Crain's editorial team, which selected only those who serve in a senior role at a law firm with at least 10 professional staff, and have practiced for a minimum of five years. Their work with clients or pro bono projects must have a measurable impact; they must demonstrate leadership in professional organizations and civic or community initiatives; and they must serve as a role model or mentor to other attorneys and promote inclusive practices in the workplace.

Blair Dawson is a Member in McDonald Hopkins' Data Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice Group. Her practice includes extensive experience responding to data security incidents while ensuring her clients remain compliant with state, federal and international requirements, as well as managing operational and reputational impact. Blair also represents private companies and public entities whose operations have been affected by ransomware attacks or impacted by a business email compromise. She also has more than 20 years of insurance coverage consulting and claims knowledge, including serving as General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Insurance Management for one of the largest international insurance brokers in the world.

Emily Johnson is a Member in McDonald Hopkins' Healthcare Practice Group. She provides regulatory and compliance assistance on both a federal and state level to clients in the healthcare industry. Emily has assisted clinical laboratories, hospitals, long-term acute care hospitals, community hospitals, physician specialty groups, telehealth providers, surgery centers, healthcare associations, pharmacies, and other healthcare providers on regulatory, licensing, compliance, reimbursement, contractual, and corporate matters. She has also provided support to entities during licensure and accreditation surveys and assisted in navigating state professional licensure laws, CLIA standards and state and federal laboratory laws and regulations, government and private payor reimbursement, state and federal fraud and abuse rules, state telehealth laws, and state and federal pharmacy regulation.

Michelle Kantor is a Member at McDonald Hopkins and leads the Federal and Local Government Contracting & Procurement practice group for the firm. Michelle has more than 35 years of experience practicing in government contracting, small business certifications, procurement law, corporate law and government contracting disputes. She represents federal, local state government and commercial contractors, Native American-owned and Tribally-Owned firms, ANC and commercial contractors in WBE/MBE/DBE and SBA 8(a), WOSB, SDVOSB, and HUBZone certification submissions, appeals and compliance issues, small business programs, eligibility challenges, size protests, bid protests, and Appeals, contract disputes, regulatory compliance, whistleblower actions and other government issues. 

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