Dorian Denburg, JD '82, received the Alumni Achievement Award from the Law Alumni Association on Tuesday, February 15 at Miami Law. The award was presented to Denburg by Jerry Markowitz, JD '74, President of the Law Alumni Association.
Denburg is the current president of the National Association of Women Lawyers and general counsel for AT&T. When she began law school, she never thought she would actually be a lawyer. Interested in politics and public affairs, she expected to use her degree to legislate, not litigate.
"I went to law school because I was going to go into public service. I was never planning to practice law," she explained.
With one year of law school under her belt, Denburg spent the summer working at a Miami firm and then she was hooked. "I got the bug and decided from there I wanted to practice," she recalled. After graduation, Denburg spent seven years at Shutts and Bowen in Miami and was then asked by BellSouth's predecessor (Southern Bell) to join the company as its first outside counsel to come in house. This practice, though more common now, was unusual at the time. "They gave me tremendous opportunities to diversify my practice and to grow," she said.
She worked with BellSouth in Miami for nine years before moving to the headquarters in Atlanta when the company created a position for her in 1998. She is currently the General Attorney for what is now AT&T South. Her "solution-driven" practice covers a wide range of responsibilities, including counseling clients, advancing and protecting AT&T's interests in federal and state legislation, and supporting and arguing regulatory matters.
Denburg stays connected to the Law School through events in the Atlanta area and in Miami. She served as a co-chair of her class reunion committee and was on the committee for the farewell gala in honor of Dean Dennis O. Lynch in May 2008.