AbbVie’s Laura Schumacher Receives ABA’s 2022 Margaret Brent Award

Originally published at Laura Schumacher is the Vice Chairman, External Affairs and Chief Legal Officer at AbbVie. AbbVie ranked No. 15 on The Fair360, formerly DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.


AbbVie is honored to announce that Laura Schumacher, Vice Chairman, External Affairs and Chief Legal Officer at AbbVie, has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) Commission on Women in the Profession as a winner of the 2022 Margaret Brent Award. Ms. Schumacher is one of five women who will be presented the prestigious award at this year’s ABA Annual Meeting on August 7, 2022.

Founded in 1991, the Margaret Brent Award recognizes outstanding female lawyers who have achieved professional excellence in their industry and have successfully advanced career opportunities for women in the legal field. The award is named after Margaret Brent, the first female lawyer in America, who fought for and advanced women’s rights in the U.S.

“The Margaret Brent award has recognized so many innovative and trailblazing leaders who have made a tangible difference for women in the legal industry,” said Schumacher. “I am honored to receive this award and am grateful for the efforts of our team at AbbVie and for the opportunity to celebrate the important role we play as women leaders to help inspire and encourage and pave the way for future generations of women leaders.”

Ms. Schumacher has spearheaded numerous initiatives driving a measurable impact on diversity, equity and inclusion at AbbVie. She is the architect of AbbVie’s Diversity in Law program, a distinguished AbbVie initiative to drive greater diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. As such, she has continually brought social justice and gender representation to the forefront of our work at AbbVie, and also within the local Chicago community and across the entire legal industry. To learn more about Ms. Schumacher’s leadership in advancing diversity and opportunity at AbbVie, visit our Diversity in Law webpage.