Lawyer Limelight: William Lee

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When someone steps down as the head of one of America’s largest and most prestigious law firms, he or she generally looks forward to a life that is perhaps a little more emeritus than it is eventful. William Lee of WilmerHale? Not so much. Freed from management responsibilities in 2011, Lee resumed carrying a staggering caseload and recently took on the leadership of the Harvard Corporation, the university’s highest governing body. (Lee received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and went to law school at Cornell.) From his role … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Ira Leesfield

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Ira Leesfield is one of Florida's most sought-after personal injury attorneys. Since the 1970s, Leesfield has been recognized for his commitment to helping clients who are going through tragedy and loss. His firm, Leesfield & Partners, has one of the region's most impressive records of multimiliion-dollar verdicts and settlements for plaintiffs. He is a past president of the Florida Justice Association and served the Clinton Administration in two different positions. As a firm believer in making a … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Philippe Selendy

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As lead counsel for the Federal Housing Finance Agency in its landmark RMBS litigation against major Wall Street banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, and others, Philippe Selendy and his team at Quinn Emanuel have settled twelve cases and recovered more than $16 billion in cash payments for the American taxpayer. The huge and highly publicized wins cap a long string of successes in complex financial litigation for Selendy, a 1993 Harvard Law graduate, and the firm. Lawdragon: You’ve made a name for yourself in … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Laura Neebling

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Prior to being elected chair of Perkins Coie’s 13-member Executive Committee in 2008, Laura Neebling had a busy practice representing Fortune 500 companies such as Boeing, Intel and UPS in some of their most complex redevelopment projects in the city of Seattle and the states of Washington and Oregon. These days, however, the University of Chicago Law School graduate has scaled down her practice to focus on her work as the management executive of the 950-lawyer firm. “With the exception of occasional work I do for two or three … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Mary Ann Todd

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All storied firms, even those as strong in its region and nationally as Munger Tolles & Olson, need partners from the next generation to ascend the ranks and make sure that the firm remains the first help clients turn to for their most important cases and deals. On the transactional side of the practice, one such partner at Munger Tolles has been Mary Ann Todd. Todd is a Munger Tolles lifer, having joined after finishing her 1993-1994 clerkship with Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Yale Law graduate … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Sherrilyn Ifill

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If any organization can be said to have shaped and framed the modern discussion of civil rights in America, it is the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. "The best civil rights law firm in American history," as President Obama called it, has never been content to rest on its laurels, though, and Sherrilyn Ifill, named president of the LDF in 2012, has determinedly pushed the mission and dream of equal rights forward on every front. In a year that has been marked by the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Jami Wintz McKeon

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The chair-elect of Morgan Lewis & Bockius takes over the top spot at the firm on Oct. 1 perhaps in part because she’s done everything else there so well already. Jami Wintz McKeon, a 1981 Villanova Law graduate, rose to prominence as a premier litigator and ultimately took leadership of the sprawling global firm’s litigation practice group; but along the way she’s played an integral role in recruitment, compensation and business policy determinations, grounding her in every aspect of law firm management. She joins a … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Benjamin Bailey

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Benjamin Bailey has done it all on his way to being one of West Virginia’s leading trial lawyers. He’s served as a prosecutor, counsel to a Governor, been a partner in one of the state’s largest firms, and then founded his own, Bailey & Glasser, which has quickly become a leading boutique firm. Despite those accomplishments, what he still enjoys most of all is being in court. Whether he’s defending someone accused of murder, or strategizing for billion-dollar outcomes on behalf of the FDIC or victims of Toyota … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Lisa Blatt

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Arnold & Porter made the right move in 2009 when it hired Lisa Blatt to chair the firm’s appellate and Supreme Court practice. Blatt had recently concluded a l3-year stint as Assistant to the Solicitor General, where she had worked with a half-dozen different solicitors general and briefed more than 250 cases. Blatt worked at Williams & Connolly and then the Department of Energy before joining the Solicitor General’s office. Since joining Arnold & Porter, Blatt has led one of the nation’s busiest appellate … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Jonathan Sherman

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The only thing more interesting than being Jonathan Sherman is perhaps to be one of his clients. The Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner is Floyd Abrams meets David Boies with a side order of Hunter S. Thompson. His passion for the law bubbles forth with astonishing ferocity, in particular about the First Amendment. His first years in practice were with Abrams, the legendary First Amendment titan of Cahill Gordon & Reindel. As a third-year associate, Sherman began to champion cameras in the courtroom as author of the brief that opened … [Read more...]