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The James J. Fuld Award

Honoring James J. Fuld

The James J. Fuld Award honors James J. Fuld (1916 - 2008), a corporate lawyer of great stature who practiced in New York at the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLP. Mr. Fuld's article, "Legal Opinions in Business Transactions – An Attempt to Bring Some Order Out of Some Chaos", is the seminal article on the subject of legal opinions. Legal opinions were folklore before his article while after, they became a subject for intense study. Mr. Fuld had been a guiding spirit in the formation of the first bar-sponsored legal opinion committee, the TriBar Opinion Committee. Mr. Fuld understood the need for a national approach to legal opinions and took a leading role in inducing the ABA Business Law Section to organize the Silverado Conference in 1989, which was the first attempt to forge a national approach to legal opinions.

About the Award

In tribute to its former partner, each year Proskauer Rose LLP partners with the Working Group on Legal Opinions to present each recipient of the of the James J. Fuld Award an engraved Tiffany bowl to mark the honor.

Eligibility & Criteria

The James J. Fuld Award is presented by the Working Group on Legal Opinions to an individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to the field of legal opinions in business transactions.  Both individuals and entities are eligible to receive the James J. Fuld Award.  In the case of an entity the award is given based on a specific project undertaken by the entity that contributed to the field of legal opinions in business transactions.

The award is designed to honor and encourage individuals who write and educate in the area of legal opinions as well as bar associations, law firms and others who contribute to the development of the law or practice in the area of legal opinion.

Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 James J, Fuld Award
Nomination Deadline:  October 3, 2018
Download the Nomination Form

To nominate an individual or entity for the James J. Fuld Award, please complete the Nomination Form.
Individuals may nominate more than one person.

The Nomination Form requires that you submit:

  • Your Contact Information
  • Narrative illustrating the nominee’s significant contribution to the field of legal opinions in business transactions. In the case of an entity, the narrative should describe the project of the organization the supports the nomination

Award Committee

Co-Chair:   J. Truman Bidwell, Sullivan and Worcester LLP 
Co-Chair:   Julie M. Allen, Proskauer Rose LLP

c.c.  Pamela Lyons, WGLO