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Lawyer Limelight: Peter Rukin

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Lawdragon’s inaugural guide to the Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers recognizes scores of attorneys who have dedicated the vast majority of…

Lawyer Limelight: Alan Futerfas

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Long regarded as one of the finest criminal defense lawyers in New York City, Alan S. Futerfas has become one…

Redemption Road: Cravath’s Supreme Court Victory for American Express

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Cravath traversed a do-or-die path to a U.S. Supreme Court victory for AmEx that will change competition for years to…

The Producers: Richard Heimann

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The Disruptors: Keller Lenkner Moves From Legal Finance to Practicing Law

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Photo of Travis Lenkner, Ashley Keller and Adam Gerchen by Michelle Nolan. Lawyers fear change. It’s ingrained. Required. Incrementalism is…

Lawyer Limelight: Alex Romain

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As a classically trained pianist and experienced litigator, Alex Romain sees similarities between music and the law – not least of…

Lawyer Limelight: Valerie Ford Jacob

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Here’s the thing about legendary lawyers: As the years go by and the list of accomplishments grows unwieldy, they just…

Lawyer Limelight: Ivy Kagan Bierman

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It would be hard to find someone more qualified to guide the entertainment industry through #MeToo than Loeb & Loeb…

A Truly Lethal Weapon

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To hear Scott Ellington (above), the widely respected Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Highland Capital Management tell it,…

Reid Collins & Tsai Adds Marc Dworsky of Munger Tolles

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Photo by Amy Cantrell. Reid Collins & Tsai, a cutting-edge, plaintiffs’ litigation boutique, has added Marc Dworsky, a longtime Munger…

Manatt Adds Noted Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur Lisa Suennen

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Manatt has added high-profile Silicon Valley venture capitalist and entrepreneur Lisa Suennen as head of the firm’s venture capital fund…

The Producers: Robin Cohen

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Lawyer Limelight: David Anders

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi.  Scoring a perfect trial record as an assistant U.S. attorney in the nation’s most elite prosecutorial…

Lawyer Limelight: Angela Agrusa

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Photo by Amy Cantrell. Angela Agrusa of DLA Piper practices law the way it should be practiced – with conviction, clarity…

Titan of the Trial Bar: Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Thomas Demetrio

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Photo by Michelle Nolan. There is a grace in symmetry, a poetry in a life incredibly well-lived. And electricity when…

Lawyer Limelight: Dani James

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Dani James’ career-changing moment as a young associate was a realization of how much she enjoyed the storytelling aspect of…

Lawyer Limelight: Salvatore Graziano

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. Look no further than Salvatore Graziano to find the type of veteran litigator that has enabled…

Lawdragon 500 Focus: Trial Lawyers Randi McGinn and Kathy Love

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Photo of Randi McGinn by Kip Malone. “In her difference is power.” The intersection of women in the law is…

Lawyer Limelight: Roger Quillen

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Fisher Phillips’ stature as one of the nation’s best labor and employment firms has always been about more than attracting…

Lawyer Limelight: Julianne Story

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Julianne Story can argue with the best of them, as her courtroom record makes clear. But the Husch Blackwell partner…

Lawyer Limelight: Stephen Hirschfeld

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Inspired by the writings of Studs Terkel, champion of the everyman, Stephen Hirschfeld built a career as one of the…

Lawyer Limelight: Deneen Howell

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Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan.  Inspired by her mother and legal dramas such as “L.A. Law” and “Hill Street Blues,”…

Lawyer Limelight: Philippe Selendy and Faith Gay

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Photo by Laura Crosta. It’s always news when perennial Lawdragon 500 members leave their long-held positions at prominent institutions to…

Lawyer Limelight: Thomas J. Nolan

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Photo by Hugh Williams.  If you were casting the Cinderella story of lawyers, you’d have to give consideration to Thomas…

Lawyer Douglas Wigdor on #MeToo Litigation and His Career in Employment Law

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Photo provided by the firm. Douglas Wigdor of Wigdor LLP has been battling employment discrimination and sexual assault through civil…

Lawyer Limelight: Ana Tagvoryan

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Many lawyers aspire to be where Ana Tagvoryan sits now – at the center of cutting-edge legal issues that are…

Behind the Trial: David Boies

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For decades, David Boies has been considered one of the best trial lawyers in America. He has defined courtroom lawyering…

Lawyer Limelight: Teresa Snider

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As Teresa Snider points out, the lawyers that litigate insurance and reinsurance disputes form “a relatively small community” within the…

Manatt Selects Donna L. Wilson as Managing Partner and CEO

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Photo of Bill Quicksilver and Donna L. Wilson by Amy Cantrell. Manatt has selected Donna L. Wilson as its new…

Lawyer Limelight: Michael Gless

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The reputation of Keesal Young & Logan is forged in the steadfast excellence of the veteran lawyers who have been…

Lawyer Limelight: Matthew S. Dontzin

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It was perhaps a foregone conclusion that Matthew Dontzin would one day start his own law firm. The founding partner…

Lawyer Limelight: Eric Madden

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To say Eric Madden is a small-town boy is an understatement. With just four-dozen students in his high school class,…

Lawyer Limelight: John Giffin

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The “Law of the Sea” as a concept generally only comes across our bow when it has to do with…

Lawyer Limelight: Jason S. Kim

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Jason S. Kim of Los Angeles’ Blank Rome remembers growing up in Seoul, South Korea, watching “Wonder Woman” and “The…

Lawyer Limelight: Jason Itkin

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Few plaintiffs’ lawyers secure as many high-value verdicts and settlements over their entire careers as Jason Itkin has since starting…

Behind the Trial: Elkan Abramowitz

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Elkan Abramowitz of Morvillo Abramowitz Grand Iason & Anello is known by many as the Dean of the New York…

Lawyer Limelight: Bobby Chesney

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Photo by Jennifer Hancock. As much as he liked Davis Polk, where he worked as a litigator, Bobby Chesney always planned…

Lawyer Limelight – Guantanamo: Richard Kammen and the USS Cole Case

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Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kilho Park/JTF-Guantanamo Public Affairs. Any lawyer who specializes in death penalty work expects to face…

Litigators Garland Stephens and John Lane Team Up for Death Penalty Reversal

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Experienced patent litigators Garland Stephens and  John Lane  are well used to the courtroom along with the patience required to guide…

Lawyer Limelight: David Long-Daniels

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More so than with most lawyers, one gets the feeling about David Long-Daniels that there cannot be much that he…

Lawyer Limelight: Mark Koestler and Matthew Dunn

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Matthew Dunn (left) and Mark Koestler of Kramer Levin in New York. It’s difficult to overstate the challenges facing employers…

Securities Litigation Leader Brian Pastuszenski Discusses The Current Practice Horizon

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If you had to pick one lawyer who epitomizes elite securities litigation defense, you could do no better than Goodwin’s…

Lawyer Limelight: Thomas Patrick Lane

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Photo by Dave Cross. Every once in a while, you meet a lawyer who doesn’t just give lawyers a good name,…

Lawyer Limelight: Kurt Arnold

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Kurt Arnold wasted no time starting his legal career. The renowned plaintiffs’ lawyer and Lawdragon 500 member earned his undergraduate…

Insurance Recovery Lawyer Linda Kornfeld Discusses Move to Blank Rome

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Linda Kornfeld is a card-carrying member of the ultra-elite club of insurance recovery specialists. While it sounds like an arcane…

Lawyer Limelight: Patrick A. Salvi II

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Many lawyers have sons and daughters who enter the profession, but few parent-child combinations are as potent in the courtroom…

Lawyer Limelight: Paul Zumbro

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. It’s only natural that Cravath‘s unsurpassed excellence in corporate and litigation work would extend to situations in which…

Lawyer Limelight: Alec Karakatsanis

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Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan. Few lawyers in the Lawdragon 500 are having as significant an impact on our justice…

Lawyer Limelight: Kirk Pasich

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Photo by Paulo Torres. Kirk Pasich has always run his own race. That explains why he recently finished the marathon…

Lawyer Limelight: Robin Panovka and Adam Emmerich

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Photo of Robin Panovka (left) and Adam Emmerich by Laura Barisonzi. One of the things about lunching at a fab place…

Lawyer Limelight: Karen Dunn

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Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan. Anybody with an interest in politics and law has to marvel at – and admit…

Lawyer Limelight: Joseph C. Shenker

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. He is preternaturally cool, in an intense sort of way. Which may be exactly what makes Joseph…

Lawyer Limelight: Hannah Ross

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. The move to shareholder-side securities litigation was a natural for Hannah Ross after a stint prosecuting…

Lawyer Limelight: Kevin O’Brien

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Our decision to include an employee benefits section in our guide to top employment lawyers made it very likely that a…

Talent Rising: How Three Female Lawyers Became Cravath’s 2017 Partnership Class

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Margaret Segall D’Amico (left), Kara L. Mungovan and Rory A. Leraris. Photo by Laura Barisonzi. Eight days and 1.4 miles….

Don’t Mess with Texas: How Lawyers at Susman Godfrey Formed America’s Leading Trial Law Firm

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From left to right: Partners Geoffrey Harrison, Vineet Bhatia, Shawn Raymond, Erica Harris, Neal Manne, Lexie White and Max Tribble….

Lawyer Limelight – Guantanamo: Walter Ruiz

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You wouldn’t guess by watching the Sept.11 military case at Guantanamo Bay that Walter Ruiz, as a law student at…

Lawyer Limelight: Richard Brand

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Photo by Dave Cross. Had things turned out differently, you would probably know Richard Brand as an award-winning journalist. The…

Lawyer Limelight: Peter Zinober

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Peter Zinober is not only one of the nation’s top employment lawyers, he’s also a bit of a throwback to…

Lawyer Limelight: Joseph A. Power Jr.

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Photo by Michelle Nolan. Keeping things “simple” in court has worked like a charm for Joseph A. Power Jr. The…

Lawyer Limelight: Allan Kanner

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Photo provided by the firm. Plaintiffs’ lawyers who earn a spot on our annual Lawdragon 500 can typically point to…

Lawyer Limelight: Theodore Stevenson

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Photo by Justin Clemons. Theodore Stevenson was earning his mechanical engineering degree at Northwestern University when he realized he did not…

Lawyer Limelight: Deborah Notkin

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Working for an immigration law firm while she was completing her college degree at Rutgers is what led Deborah Notkin…

Lawyer Limelight: Matthew Minner

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Photo by Scott Walz. Few law firms dedicated to representing plaintiffs have a track record like Hare Wynn Newell &…

Lawyer Limelight: Ben Suter

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Keesal, Young & Logan is a gem of the California legal landscape – not just because of the staggering success…

Lawyer Limelight: Jonathan Segal

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Perhaps the first clue is offered by his fifth-grade teacher, who remembers young Jonathan Segal’s frequent objection that something was…

Lawyer Limelight: Patrick A. Salvi

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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard prides itself on “extraordinary results,” and it’s hard to argue with the impressive record the firm…

Lawyer Limelight: Julie Pearl, Christy Nguyen and Sameer Khedekar of Pearl Law Group

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Photo of Christy Nguyen, Sameer Khedekar and Julie Pearl provided by the firm. Ever since Lawdragon first began researching our…

Lawyer Limelight: Wiliam Cole

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Photo by Nicholas Hampton. Of all the lawyers who made our annual list of the 100 Most Powerful Corporate Employment…

Lawyer Limelight: P. Jason Collins

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It’s hard to imagine Reid Collins & Tsai LLP name partner P. Jason Collins as anything but a lawyer. His…

The Producers: Bill Carmody of Susman Godfrey

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Lawyer Limelight: Paul Lancaster Adams

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Photo provided by the firm. A stint as a legal assistant during his studies at Virginia Commonwealth University started Paul…

Lawyer Limelight: Harry Nelson

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Photo provided by the firm. Attorney Harry Nelson says the unpleasantness of debates around healthcare led him to write, along with co-author…

Lawyer Limelight: Adam Levin

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Photo by Nicholas Hampton. Lawdragon’s Guide to the Most Powerful Employment Lawyers features a subset of lawyers with a reputation for excelling at…

Lawyer Limelight: Marilyn Klinger

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On her second day of work, Marilyn Klinger was asked, “How would you like to be our construction expert?” Without…

Lawyer Limelight: Paul Geller

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Photo of  Paul Geller and his dog Bob by Starla Fortunato. Paul Geller’s strategy for earning massive recoveries for consumers and…

Lawyer Limelight: Mark Lanier

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Photo by Felix Sanchez. In legal and corporate circles, Mark Lanier is known as one of the nation’s top trial…

Lawyer Limelight: Anne van Leynseele

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Photo provided by the firm. Growth in any segment of the economy is typically accompanied by a growth in law…

Lawyer Limelight: Steven Lane

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Photo by Sara Essex Bradley. If there is a lawyer who knows how to handle a crisis, it’s Herman Herman…

Lawyer Limelight: Walter Lack

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Photo by Amy Cantrell. It is hard to find a more gracious, intelligent and admired lawyer than Walter Lack. And…

Being There: David Boies’ First 50 Years in Court

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Photo by Jennifer Pottheiser. Artwork by Stephanie Blackman.  It’s Vegas, baby, and the tables are warming up. But first, let’s…

Lawyer Limelight: Jeffrey Kessler

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi.  Jeffrey Kessler liked sports – any sports – during a somewhat idyllic childhood near Coney Island,…

Lawyer Thomas Ajamie on His Work for the Super Bowl Host Committee

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. The Houston Texans may have lost to the New England Patriots in the divisional round, but…

Lawyer Limelight: Ted Mirvis

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi.  Ted Mirvis tiptoed up the stairs to the attic in his family’s new home at 158…

Lawyer Limelight: Patrick Jones

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Photo provided by the firm. A trial lawyer in his 38th year, Pat Jones practices primarily in Massachusetts and Rhode Island….

Skadden Lawyer Roundtable: The New World of Global Dealmaking

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Photo of Clifford Aronson, Sally Thurston and Erica Schohn by Dave Cross. One of the most profound changes in the…

Lawyer Limelight: Gayle Klein

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Photo by Dave Cross. When one of the nation’s top trial lawyers joins one of the most successful trial law…

Lawyer Limelight: Stuart Singer

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Photo by Josh Ritchie. It’s the sport of champions – legally speaking. Just ask more than a few members of…

Lawyer Limelight: Karen Patton Seymour

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. Karen Patton Seymour‘s remarkable tenure at Sullivan & Cromwell has been interrupted not once, but twice,…

Lawyer Limelight: William “Bill” T. Reid IV and Lisa s. Tsai

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Photo by Justin Clemons. It’s tough to find a newly-formed plaintiff’s firm that’s achieved greater success in the last decade than…

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