CCWBA Awards

The Collier County Women’s Bar Association presents the Woman Lawyer of the Year award annually to a female lawyer who has excelled in her career, overcome traditional stereotypes associated with women, promoted the status of women within the profession, and/or promoted the status of women in the State of Florida.

Women Lawyer of the Year 1995 – 2016

Helen Sundgren, 1995-1996

Jean Rawson, 1997

Jill Burzynski, 1998

Sharon Hanlon, 1999

Melinda Riddle, 2000

Christine Greider, 2001

Amira Dajani Swett, 2002

Carolyn Coukos, 2003

Tara Miller Dane, 2004

Kathleen Passidomo, 2005

Jeanne Seewald, 2006

Janeice T. Martin, 2007

Sister Maureen Kelleher, 2008

Collier County Foreclosure Task Force *, 2009

Kimberly Leach Johnson, 2010

Susan R. Healy, 2011

Mary Beth Clary, 2012

Kelley Geraghty Price, 2013

Lauren L. Brodie, 2014

Carol O’Callaghan, 2015

Margaret McMorrow, 2016

*In 2009, the CCWBA recognized the work of those serving our community during the foreclosure crisis. Instead of a single recipient of the Women Lawyer of the Year Award, the CCWBA presented a special recognition award to the attorney founders and working group members of The Collier County Foreclosure Task Force: Jeffrey A. Ahren, Maureen P. Aughton, Jacqueline J. Buyze, Jane Yeager Cheffy, Timothy J. Cotter, Celia E. Deifik, Edward L. Larsen, Patrick H. Neale, Tara A. Mucha, Francesca Passeri, Kathleen C. Passidomo, Kelley Geraghty Price.


From time to time, the CCWBA has awarded the Distinguished Executive Award to commemorate the achievements of men and women who lead in the workplace with vision, determination, and compassion, and who create productive working environments for female attorneys.

Distinguished Executive Award Past Recipients

2005
Martha Marland, Senior Vice President
Northern Trust Bank of Florida, N.A.

2006
Gerri Moll, President of Bank of America
Southwest Florida

2007
Ernie Bretzmann, Executive Director
United Way of Collier County

2008
Dr. Allen Weiss, CEO & President
NCH Healthcare System