Our own Mariam Mayer Berkett has been selected as an honoree for the 2016 class of the CityBusiness "Women of the Year". Ms. Berkett joined Deutsch Kerrigan in August 1937 as an associate. Beginning at a time when there were few if any, women trial lawyers in the United States, she tried lawsuits with superb ability, skill, intelligence and strategy, yielding no ground to any opponent. In the course of many years, she has had phenomenal success as a trial lawyer, bringing to successful conclusion approximately 97% of a multitude of cases in which she has often defended the unfavored client.
Ms. Berkett has also contributed significantly to her community, serving as the Honorary Chair of the Louisiana Civil Service League and receiving its Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, she was a member of the Louisiana Civil Service Commission and of the Jefferson Parish Louisiana Charter Commission. Ms. Berkett was also Vice-President and Treasurer of Family Service Society, and a member of the Board of the Council of Social Agencies and of the Community Chest, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the Dean's Council of the Tulane Law School.
She is one of fifty honorees for the 2016 class of CityBusiness “Women of the Year” chosen based on their professional and community achievements.
The 18th annual “Women of the Year” will be recognized at a noon luncheon Nov. 3 at the Hyatt Regency, when an overall Woman of the Year will be announced. A special insert spotlighting all “Women of the Year” honorees will run in the Nov. 11 issue of CityBusiness.