Chair Emeritus, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP


James Rishwain is a Partner in Pillsbury's real estate practice and former Chair and Managing Partner of the firm's Los Angeles office. He has been recognized as a top real estate lawyer by Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, and The Legal 500. James is also a member of the Women in Law Empowerment Forum Leadership Council and received the CEO Diversity Leadership Award for his efforts within the firm.

Pillsbury was the first AmLaw 100 firm to be led by a woman, and it continues to promote diversity. The firm has been recognized by American Lawyer, the Women in Law Empowerment Forum, and Work Life Matters for its promotion of women, minority, and LGBT lawyers. Pillsbury was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2019.

Joined LCLD 2014

Highlights of LCLD Participation

Fellows Program
Fellows Nominated:
2020: Theresa Lee; 2019: Ngai Zhang; 2018: Semma G. Arzapalo

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinder Selection:
2019: Charrise Alexander

Success in Law School Mentoring Program

Mentors provided: 2017, 2016, 2014

Annual Meeting (2018, 2016)

Member: James Rishwain

Diversity Professionals: Stacie Yee, Rosa Walker

Communications: Terri Chytrowski