Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Recognized Blank Rome Partner as “Woman of Distinction in Law” at 24th Annual Luncheon

May 2017

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Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Marilyn Chinitz, Partner in the Matrimonial and Family Law group, was 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 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City.

The Women of Distinction Luncheon recognizes distinguished New York City women from various fields 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.”

Ms. Chinitz aggressively sought out experts and research on Crohn’s treatments after her two children were diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. She became part of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Fairfield/Westchester Chapter in 2014, the same year she was honored with the Suzanne Rosenthal Humanitarian Award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Ms. Chinitz and her daughter Nicole Pozzi, also an attorney, actively raise awareness for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation by making presentations, connecting people suffering from the disease with doctors, and hosting fundraising and awareness events.

“I am incredibly honored to receive this 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.”

Online luxury fashion retailer Moda Operandi presented a fashion show of apparel and accessories from their Fall Winter 2017 runway collections. The event included a raffle of items donated by Carolyn Rowan Accessories, Lugano Diamonds, Hermès, Dr. Howard Sobel, June Jacobs, Loree Rodkin Jewelry, Michael Kors, Moda, MTV, Dr. Marnie Nussbaum, Nickelodeon, Peter Thomas Roth, Rao’s, Roberto Coin Jewelry, Signy, Susan Foster Jewelry, Viacom, William Goldberg Jewelry, and many more. The proceeds of the luncheon went to research to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

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.

Marilyn Chinitz sharing her acceptance speech after receiving the "Woman of Distinction in Law" Award. Photo credit: Rob Rich/

Marilyn Chinitz and her daughter, Nicole Pozzi. Photo credit: Rob Rich/

Broadway producer Wendy Federman and Marilyn Chinitz. Photo credit: Rob Rich/

Actor Michael Douglas presenting Marilyn Chinitz with the “Woman of Distinction in Law” Award. Photo credit: Rob Rich/