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Floyd Abrams Recognized as a Lifetime Achiever by The New York Law Journal

Date: 11/06/13

Cahill partner Floyd Abrams has been named among The New York Law Journal's Lifetime Achievers. Honorees included leaders in public interest, academia and the judiciary who were named for their lifelong dedication to promoting justice in New York.

Floyd joined Cahill as an associate in 1963 following his clerkship with the Honorable Paul Leahy of the United States District Court, District of Delaware, and was elected a partner in 1970. Described by Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan as "the most significant First Amendment lawyer of our age," he has argued frequently in the United States Supreme Court, often in landmark cases, including issues as diverse as the scope of the First Amendment, the interpretation of ERISA, the nature of broadcast regulation, the impact of copyright law and the continuing viability of the Miranda rule.

The Lifetime Achievement awards were presented to Floyd and the group of esteemed honorees at the NYLJ's 125th Anniversary Lifetime Achievement Awards dinner held on November 4, 2013.

Floyd was also recently named among the The American Lawyer's Lifetime Achievers, recognizing him for being at the "forefront" of First Amendment law, including his representation of The New York Times in the Pentagon Papers case, Senator Mitch McConnell in a challenge to federal election financing and defending Times reporters Judith Miller and Matthew Cooper in their efforts to protect their confidential sources. The award was presented to him at an awards ceremony held on October 29, 2014.

NYLJ Lifetime Achievement Award.pdf (pdf | 7.87 MB )