Governmental Affairs Partner Mary Kay Roberts Honored with Mary Philbrook Award

Governmental Affairs Partner Mary Kay Roberts Honored with Mary Philbrook Award
Feb 09, 2018

Pictured in photo above, left to right, are Riker Danzig attorneys Tony Zarillo, Brenda Liss, Anne Mohan, Cristin Boyle, Ryan O’Neill, Zahid Quraishi, Tracey Wishert, Sam Moulthrop, Mary Kay Roberts, Mick Rossignol, Scott Ohnegian, Teresa Moore, Maha Kabbash, Stephanie Edelson and Mike O’Donnell.

Riker Danzig congratulates Mary Kay Roberts, who was honored with the “Mary Philbrook Award” by the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey on February 8th at the Passion, Power, Progress Awards event in New Brunswick. Many Riker Danzig attorneys attended last night’s event in support of Mary Kay.  

The Mary Philbrook Award is presented to a woman with a distinguished legal career “during which she has removed barriers and created opportunities for other women in the interest of advancing equality in all spheres.”  Mary Philbrook of Jersey City was the first woman attorney in New Jersey, and used her legal training to advance women's rights, including a gender-free writing of the modern New Jersey Constitution which made discrimination on the basis of sex unconstitutional.  She was instrumental in the founding of what is now Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University. A suffragist, she supported Alice Paul in the fight for the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S Constitution.

Mary Kay works with a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, banking, insurance, education, technology, telecommunications, and utilities. Both a lawyer and a lobbyist, Mary Kay also manages the Firm's Trenton office.  She is on the Board of Directors of the Banking Law Section of the New Jersey Bar, where she chairs the Section’s Legislative Committee.