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Woman of Distinction Delivers for Crohn’s and Colitis Sufferers

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Rob Rich
Sunday, May 7, 2017
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Marilyn Chinitz, partner in the Matrimonial and Family Law group at Blank Rome, is the first attorney to be honored with the “Woman of Distinction in Law” Award at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s 24th Annual Women of Distinction Awards Luncheon. The luncheon was held on April 20th at the New York Hilton. NBC News senior investigative journalist Cynthia McFadden hosted the luncheon. Notable attendees included Emily Blavatnik, Alison Brod, Jennie L. DeScherer, Susan Foster, June Jacobs, Allison Lutnick, Ninah Lynne, Trish McEvoy, Pamela Pantzer, Peter Thomas Roth, Lori Shabtai, and Bonnie Strauss.

The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes distinguished New York City women who are dedicated to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s mission and have made a difference in the lives of the 1.6 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these inflammatory bowel diseases.

Marilyn was introduced by friend and former client Michael Douglas, who said, “she is one of those rare individuals you can depend upon to deliver, and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She is fierce, she is well-prepared, she is uncommonly loyal, and she leaves no stone unturned in law and in life. [Marilyn] is a truly exceptional mother, attorney, warrior and friend.”

“I am incredibly honored,” she said, accepting the award. “As a lawyer, I believe that you have to be a strong advocate for your clients, and I apply that mentality full-force to be a strong advocate for my children and others who suffer from these debilitating diseases,” said Ms. Chinitz. “Over 800 people attended the event, and helped to raise $1.75 million for this wonderful organization. Current treatments can involve low level chemotherapy, which can wreak havoc on one’s body, especially for children. We have to fight hard and support research because, while there isn’t a cure yet that doesn’t mean there won’t be one someday.”


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