Lawyer Limelight: Marla Persky

Marla Persky in Shanghai, China

In case you were wondering what a 30-year law career culminating in a decade as General Counsel at a multinational pharmaceutical company prepares you for doing with the rest of your life, we thought we’d ask Marla Persky pretty much that exact question, among a few others. Yes, she’s doing a little gardening in her so-called retirement – but she always managed to find some time for that. But it turns out her illustrious legal career propelled her toward entrepreneurship. Persky has launched two companies since leaving … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Susan Saltzstein and Allison Schneirov

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Making partner was not a big focus for either Allison Schneirov (photo, left) or Susan Saltzstein when they joined Skadden more than 20 years ago. As it turns out, they not only made partner but rose to the top of their practices nationally, Schneirov as a transactional lawyer and Saltzstein as a litigator. The two lawyers were friendly during college at the University of Pennsylvania, though Saltzstein was a year ahead. “Allison may not remember that we were in the same history class, but I do,” Saltzstein … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Jeffrey Grubman

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Jeffrey Grubman practiced as a litigator before embarking on his career as a mediator in 2005, first at his own practice and more recently at JAMS, which he joined in 2012. Motivated by a desire to help parties and busy trial lawyers avoid the often unpleasant road of litigation, Grubman has certainly made his mark – with about 1,000 disputes under his belt across a vast range of industries. The 1989 graduate of the University of Southern California Law School is based in Miami but, as a mediator of many complex cases around the U.S., has … [Read more...]

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...]