Louis DiLorenzo and John Gaal Honored with Prestigious Burton Award for Legal Writing

June 11, 2020

(Syracuse, NY): Bond, Schoeneck & King announces that Louis P. DiLorenzo and John Gaal have been honored with a Burton Law360 Award for Distinguished Legal Writing. This prestigious award is bestowed upon partners who are authors of legal articles from the nation’s 1,000 largest law firms. This year, authors from just 30 law firms received this honor.

DiLorenzo and Gaal wrote “Horse-Shedding the Witness: When Does Witness Preparation Cross the Line?” discussing the accepted practice of preparing a witness for trials and depositions. The article explored the ethical boundaries of witness preparation and coaching. 

The Burton Foundation which presents the annual awards, is affiliated with the Library of Congress, and is a nonprofit academic organization dedicated to excellence in legal writing. Nominations for Burton Awards come from the nation's largest law firms and law schools across the country. For the past 21 years the national, non-profit awards program has recognized excellence in law, and is devoted to rewarding excellence and encouraging perfection in law. The judges of the awards include leading law school professors, members of law firms and outstanding leaders in the legal community, and in the past have included professors from the law schools of Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, Berkeley and Michigan. 

DiLorenzo is a member (partner) and has practiced labor and employment law for more than 40 years and is managing member of the firm's New York City office. He represents employers and management in all aspects of labor and employment law. DiLorenzo has been a key speaker at numerous seminars throughout the U.S. and other countries on a wide variety of labor and employment topics. He is a Chambers-ranked attorney in labor and employment and was inducted into the Corporate Employment Lawyers Hall of Fame in 2019. 

Gaal is a retired member (partner) who practiced at Bond for more than 30 years exclusively representing employers in the full range of labor and employment services with particular experience in construction, health care and higher education. He was a frequent speaker and author on topics of interest to the labor and employment law bar. His articles have appeared in the Journal of College and University Law, Syracuse University Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review and the Labor Law Journal. He also previously taught as an adjunct in the Syracuse University School of Management and the Syracuse University School of Law.  He served for many years as the firm’s general counsel. 

Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC is a law firm with 250 lawyers serving individuals, companies and public sector entities in a broad range of practice areas. Bond has eight offices in New York State and offices in Boston, Kansas City and Naples, Florida.