Lawyer Limelight: Kannon Shanmugam

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It’s likely unanimous that Kannon Shanmugam is on his way to an illustrious career as a Supreme Court advocate. One of the youngest Lawdragon 500 members ever, he was the first lateral partner hired by Williams & Connolly in 22 years. He’s given 14 high-court arguments – last year breaking the high-water mark held by the legendary Edward Bennett Williams for the most by a lawyer in the firm’s history. The Lawrence, Kansas-born prodigy attended Harvard College at 16, serving as editor-in-chief of the Harvard … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Jay Levy

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Jay Levy has more than 35 years of experience trying cases and handling appeals. He recently represented a businessman who filed suit against pop singer Paulina Rubio for missing a concert in Tunja, Columbia. After a lengthy legal battle, the suit was resolved with a confidential settlement before Miami-Dade County Judge Abby Cynamon.  In April 2014, he won a decision on behalf of his client in the appeal of a case surrounding a custody dispute in which the mother was of the Miccosukee Tribe and the father was not. The judge ruled in … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Cris Arguedas

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Veteran criminal defense attorney Cris Arguedas is among a small subset of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America – the type of attorney who excels at high-profile corporate fraud matters as well as murder, drug and sex cases, and really anything and everything in between. Like others in this elite group, Arguedas is admired for her courtroom skills, as displayed in the 2011 perjury case of slugger Barry Bonds in San Francisco federal court, along with her ability to beat back an investigation before the public ever hears about … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Michael Ciresi

By Victoria Hughes Michael Ciresi, one of the most acclaimed trial lawyers of his generation, continues to rack up massive verdicts and settlements. In November 2013, the perennial Lawdragon 500 member and University of Minnesota Law School graduate secured a $2.7 billion arbitration ruling for client Kraft Foods Group/Mondelez International Inc. against Starbucks Coffee Co. over the coffee-maker’s early termination of an agreement giving Kraft/Mondelez the right to sell and distribute Starbucks products. The Minneapolis-based Ciresi … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Steven Toll

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Steven Toll didn’t know much about class actions when he was applying to law firms 35 years ago and got an interview with Cohen Milstein. But he was intrigued by the practice and also had an interest in the financial sector from his time at the Wharton School, so he decided to give it a shot. More than 30 years later, the 1975 Georgetown Law graduate remains hooked by what intrigued him at the outset – the idea of protecting “the little guy” against corporate fraud. In 2013, he was co-lead counsel in the case against … [Read more...]

Corporate Counsel Limelight: Peter Olds

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In the middle of the last decade, many private fund managers still did not have an internal legal function. That now seems hard to fathom as regulation has become a mainstay component of the industry; indeed, funds are required to have compliance functions under new legislation in the U.S. and the UK. As part of our inaugural Insights guide to Private Funds, we spoke with Peter Olds, legal director of Actis, a $5 billion fund investing exclusively in Asia, Africa and Latin America, about this changed environment and other issues. Actis was … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Michael Rakower

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A taste for adventure has played a big role in Michael Rakower’s career. Realizing that he had “the heart and soul of a litigator,” Rakower left his corporate finance practice at Latham & Watkins’ New York office to travel around Africa with his wife, which in 2003 led to a job at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). After his return and the completion of a clerkship with a federal appellate judge, Rakower decided to launch his own solo litigation practice instead of returning to large firm … [Read more...]

Corporate Counsel Limelight: James Watson

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As European legal director of digital media and entertainment services provider Deluxe, for the past decade James Watson has been at the vanguard of an industry that has seen a rapid technological overhaul. After graduating from The University of Oxford, he worked in private practice before heading in-house to Ascent Media, which was acquired by Deluxe in 2010. In this Limelight, Watson discusses the daily diet of data security, IP, piracy and outsourcing issues facing corporate counsel in the media sector in the wake of evolving platforms … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Stuart Grossman

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Miami-based attorney Stuart Grossman is recognized as a leading trial lawyer for his work in personal injury and medial malpractice cases over more than 40 years in practice. The legal battle over the wrongful death of a 10-year-old in a vehicular accident and a high-profile case involving three Cuban shipyard workers suing over poor work conditions are just two of the many successful battles Grossman has waged in his career. In February 2014, the Grossman Roth name partner received the Compassionate Gladiator Award by the Florida Justice … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Dean Anthony Crowell

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Anthony Crowell often refers to New York Law School as “New York’s law school.” The moniker derives less from location than from a history of educating some of the city’s most influential citizens. The school’s president and dean since 2012, Crowell himself has long been a quietly influential figure in New York City government. From 1997 to 2002, he served as assistant corporation counsel in the city Law Department’s Tax & Condemnation and Legal Counsel Divisions handling complex litigation, advising on … [Read more...]