Stars of the Bar: 2013

WBA Honors Women Leaders Who Embody Civility at the 2013 Stars of the Bar

The 2013 Stars of the Bar networking reception was held in the lobby of the beautiful Columbia Square Building at 555 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC, with light hors d'oeuvres and beverages from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and a brief program beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This year, we honored illustrious women leaders who have embodied civility through mentoring, volunteering, and giving back to help further the advancement of women in the profession. Our Stars this year are also WBA and WBAF Past Presidents: Hon. Diane M.Brenneman, Superor Court of the District of Columbia; Paulette Chapman, Partner, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP; Holly E. Loiseau, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; and Lorelie S. Masters, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP

Hon. Diane M.Brenneman, Superor Court of the District of Columbia
Diane M. Brenneman was publicly sworn in as a Magistrate Judge by Chief Judge Rufus G.King III on February 20, 2004. Prior to this position, Judge Brenneman co-founded Brenneman and Levine, a general civil practice law firm. She also has extensive experience teaching law at the Family Law Clinic of the Antioch School of Law and the District of Columbia School of Law. During the twenty-three year period in which she taught law, supervised legal clinics, and served as a private practitioner, Judge Brenneman had a role in the training of more than 500 law students and has been directly involved in the provision of legal services to more than 2,500 low-income families of the District of Columbia. For many years, Judge Brenneman has also been closely involved in the work of the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program, the Women’s Bar Association, Legal Counsel for the Elderly, the Archdiocesan Legal Network, and the Superior Court.

Paulette Chapman, Partner, Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP
A past president of the Women’s Bar Association (2003–2004), Ms. Chapman is a long-time leader in the WBA and the WBA Foundation. She is a partner at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, LLP, where she represents plaintiffs in personal injury cases. While accepting her award, Ms. Chapman expressed her gratitude for the WBA, an organization that “led the clarion call against inequality,” and pays it forward.


Holly E. Loiseau, Partner, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Holly Loiseau is a litigation partner and a member of the firm’s Complex Commercial Litigation and Product Liability practices in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Loiseau’s litigation practice is dynamic and diverse. She has litigated and tried cases in a variety of fields, including antitrust, trade regulation and false advertising, product liability, insurance coverage, tax, bankruptcy, contracts, derivative transactions, healthcare, and international trade. She has extensive experience litigating large consumer class actions and multi-jurisdictional cases for clients in various industries, and has achieved significant victories for clients on motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and oppositions to class certification motions. Ms. Loiseau has litigated and resolved numerous bankruptcy related disputes for both debtors and creditors in court, arbitration and mediation. She has represented and advised clients in grand jury proceedings and Congressional and internal investigations. In addition, she counsels clients with respect to select government contracts and compliance issues.


Lorelie S. Masters, Partner, Jenner & Block LLP
Lorelie S. Masters is a litigator and a member of the Firm’s Insurance Litigation and Counseling Practice.  Companies and individuals turn to her for counsel in enforcing insurance coverage under general liability, directors and officers, fiduciary liability, first-party property, business-interruption, and other types of insurance.  Experienced in e-commerce and electronic-discovery issues, Ms. Masters has represented clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts and in arbitrations in the United States and abroad and won significant trials and arbitrations enforcing insurance coverage for her policyholder clients. Chambers & Partners USA has named her one of the country’s leading insurance law attorneys since 2005.  In 2010, Law360 identified her as one of the “10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys.”  Washington DC Super Lawyers consistently recognizes her for insurance coverage litigation as does The Best Lawyers in America for insurance law.  She was named to “Best of the Best USA 2013” as one of the top thirty insurance and reinsurance attorneys in the country. Ms. Masters speaks and writes extensively on topics related to her practice and is co-author of two widely recognized legal treatises: Insurance Coverage Litigation, updated annually, and Liability Insurance in International Arbitrations: The Bermuda Form. Ms. Masters served as president of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia from June 1, 2007, to June 1, 2008, and currently serves on the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and in other bar leadership positions.