April 9, 2024 (Philadelphia, PA) 

Women Owned Law (WOL), the national nonprofit organization that empowers women lawyers to achieve success in the business of law, today announced that it will present two awards at its Fifth Annual Symposium, to be held in Philadelphia on April 17, 2024.

The award for the Women-Owned Law Firm of the Year will be presented to Tadler Law LLP, led by Ariana J. Tadler. The firm has distinguished itself as a leader in innovation in its litigation wins; eDiscovery prowess; creative marketing; policies advocating work/life balance; and high levels of employee satisfaction.

The Distinguished Member Service Award will be presented to Nancy Mertzel, Managing Partner, Mertzel Law. This award recognizes a member of WOL who has given long and meritorious service to the organization. Ms. Mertzel, the current President, previously served as Vice President and as Chair of the New York Regional Steering Committee, with concomitant service on the Board of Directors. She also led the Strategic Planning process. During her term so far, WOL transitioned management of the organization, improved its financial position, and enhanced member engagement with a new programming model focused on fun, in-person and virtual events.

Ivy Slater and Kristen Bergsten, Co-Chairs of the Award Selection Committee said, “Ariana Tadler launched a law firm in 2019, focused with practices in class action, complex litigation, risk management, antitrust, eDiscovery, and strategic legal business consulting services. In less than five years, the firm has achieved a formidable reputation among its peers.”

Jessica Shpall Rosen, Chair of the Member Affairs Committee added, “Nancy is an incredibly thoughtful leader who communicates effectively and respectfully with stakeholders. She knows what it takes to get the job done, and then executes on that vision. She is highly regarded among the members of Women Owned Law for her dedication to the organization, creativity, determination and inclusive leadership.”

About Women Owned Law

Women Owned Law is a national nonprofit advocacy and networking group that empowers women lawyers to achieve success in the business of law. WOL provides education, networking, business development and support for its members and builds relationships between its members, business partners and sponsors. For more information, please visit www.womenownedlaw.org. 

Janet L. Falk,
Falk Communications & Research