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Newsmaker: Laura Ellsworth

Natasha Lindstrom
| Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, 10:45 p.m.
Laura Ellsworth, partner-in-charge of Jones Day law firm’s local office, was named the 2013 Greater Pittsburgh Athena Award winner. Newsmaker photo
Laura Ellsworth, partner-in-charge of Jones Day law firm’s local office, was named the 2013 Greater Pittsburgh Athena Award winner. Newsmaker photo

Noteworthy: Carlow University gave Ellsworth a 2016 Women of Spirit, an award recognizing women for professional and personal leadership and service to others. She will be honored at a gala at Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland on April 7.

Age: 57

Residence: Sewickley

Occupation: Partner-in-charge, global community service initiatives at Jones Day law firm.

Family: Bruce Teitelbaum, 61; Matthew Teitelbaum, 18.

Education: Law degree from University of Pittsburgh; bachelor's degree in history from Princeton University.

Background: As an attorney, Ellsworth focuses on complex litigation. She is the first to spearhead Jones Day's rule of law initiatives worldwide. Through Lawyers Without Borders, she trained Kenyan lawyers and judges in the prosecution of wildlife-related crimes used to finance terrorists.

Outside the legal realm, Ellsworth is active in civics, regional planning, higher education and the arts. She chairs Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce and sits on boards for Allegheny Conference on Community Development; Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation; Imani Christian Academy; and Waynesburg University.

Quote: “Our work will involve projects from child labor in Nepal, to human trafficking in Tanzania, to new constitutions in Afghanistan, to tele-health around the world — efforts that use the analytical-thinking horsepower of a global law firm like Jones Day to really change communities for the better.”

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