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Lawyer Limelight: Brad Brian

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Photo by Amy Cantrell. Brad Brian had a choice early in life. The star baseball player could join the Baltimore…

Lawyer Limelight: Kosta Stojilkovic

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This year’s Lawdragon 500 contains an impressive crop of younger stars, and front and center in the trial space is…

Lawyer Limelight: Mark W. Lerner

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Mark Lerner enjoys watching his adversaries’ unique or flashy styles, but a straightforward and trustworthy approach is what has driven…

Lawyer Limelight: Kelley Cornish

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You know that feeling you get when you meet the real deal? It takes about 0.3 seconds to realize it….

Lawyer Limelight: Caroline Black

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Photo by Chris Renton. Dechert’s white-collar strength in the UK owes much to Caroline Black, who joined the firm in…

Lawyer Limelight: Marion Munley

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Marion Munley’s inspiration for becoming a trial lawyer came from her family. From an early age, her grandmother, the Honorable…

Lawyer Limelight: Bonny E. Sweeney

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Photo by Rory Earnshaw. Bonny E. Sweeney has built one of the nation’s top antitrust litigation practices by thriving on…

Lawyer Limelight: Hector Gonzalez

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi.  Hector Gonzalez describes his Queens upbringing as a “stereotypical” refugee experience, but his life since then…

Lawyer Limelight: Brian A. Ratner

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You may recognize Brian Ratner from his tough and successful negotiations with Kevin O’Leary on a recent episode of ABC’s…

Lawyer Limelight: Yechezkel “Chezky” Rodal

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Given his success in court, it’s hard to imagine Yechezkel “Chezky” Rodal doing anything else for a career. But the…

Lawyer Limelight: Vincent Cohen

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi.  Vincent H. Cohen Jr. had dreams of moving on to the NBA from Syracuse University, where…

Lawdragon Hall of Fame Limelight: Patrick McGroder

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Photo by Eric Cassee. Patrick McGroder’s grades in law school weren’t the sort that attracted offers from high-end firms. Struggling…

Lawyer Limelight: Charles Foster

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Charles Foster has built a celebrated immigration and employment practice by working with a roster of international clients throughout decades…

Lawyer Limelight: Brent Landau

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Brent Landau, Global Managing Partner of Hausfeld, balances a robust antitrust litigation practice with his management and leadership duties. The…

Lawyer Limelight: Bentley Stansbury

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Bentley Stansbury is a shareholder in the Long Beach office of Keesal, Young & Logan, where his practice centers on…

Lawyer Limelight: Steve Oshins

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Steve Oshins’ enthusiasm for estate planning is infectious. With a service-oriented manner and a client base of billionaires and other…

Appellate Lawyer Kannon Shanmugam Discusses Move to Paul Weiss

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Right place, right time. That seems to be the definition of Kannon Shanmugam’s move to head Paul Weiss’ Washington, D.C.,…

Lawyer Limelight: David Piper

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Keesal Young & Logan shareholder David Piper, or “trail boss” as his brothers called him growing up, is a problem-solver…

Lawyer Limelight: Michael Hausfeld

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Michael Hausfeld has always approached the law as a tool to improve the world. From working with Native Alaskans facing…

Lawyer Limelight: Jenny Martinez

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Jenny Martinez is a true Texas powerhouse. A self-made businesswoman and single mother of four, Martinez rose from humble roots…

Lawyer Limelight: George D. Kieffer

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There may be no lawyer who better embodies the ethos of Manatt than George Kieffer. From its freewheeling early days…

Lawyer Limelight: Jonathan Sulds

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It’s only fitting that Jonathan Sulds is in the Hall of Fame of Lawdragon’s Most Powerful Corporate Employment Lawyer guide,…

Lawyer Limelight: Jamie Kocis

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Working in the area of complex securitization transactions, most of Jamie Kocis’ mentors were male attorneys – however, they were…

Behind the Trial: Gary Naftalis

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Photo by Erica Freudenstein. Credibility and preparation are the keys to courtroom success for acclaimed trial lawyer Gary Naftalis. Whether…

Lawyer Limelight: Jay Krupin

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It’s a rare breed of lawyer that makes the Hall of Fame section of our Most Powerful Corporate Employment Lawyers…

Lawyer Limelight: Alexandra D. Korry

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The leaves were not all that was changing in the crisp Autumn air at Harvard in the fall of 1979….

Lawyer Limelight: Luis Penalver

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Photo by Michael Paras. Luis Penalver is the Co-Administrative Partner of Cahill Gordon & Reindel and has practiced at the…

Behind the Trial: Diane Sullivan

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. When Diane Sullivan is considering how best to explain an arcane topic to a jury – a…

Revenge of the Hatchlings: How Susman Godfrey Won Almost a Billion Dollars for HouseCanary

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Photo of Kalpana Srinivasan and Max Tribble by Amy Cantrell.  This is the story of how to lose nearly a billion…

Lawyer Limelight: Tim Cavanagh of Cavanagh Law Group

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Like many trial lawyers at the top of their field, Tim Cavanagh gained courtroom experience early in his career working…

Lawyer Limelight: Ed Zaelke

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Photo by Amy Cantrell. For proof that a California environmentalist can change the world, look no further than Ed Zaelke,…

Lawyer Limelight: Julie Taylor

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Julie Taylor thrives in the “emotion-based practice” that is employment litigation, a specialty she developed after a period focused on…

Skadden Lawyer Roundtable: The Evolving Regulatory Landscape

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Photo of David Rievman and Heather Cruz by Dave Cross. Today, it seems, the only thing certain is uncertainty. That was the…

Behind the Trial: Judge William Alsup

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For nearly 50 years, San Francisco District Judge William Alsup has earned his reputation as one of the best and…

Lawyer Limelight: Chris Stecher

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Chris Stecher thrives on the rush of arguments and examinations at trial as well as the satisfaction of finding a…

Lawyer Limelight: Dean Ward Farnsworth, University of Texas Law School

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In an age of law school malaise, Ward Farnsworth stands out. He would stand out in any crowd for a…

Global Trends in White Collar Defense and Investigations: A Dechert LLP Roundtable

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Image design by Stephanie Blackman. To say that a company’s or individual’s choice for white-collar defense counsel is an immensely…

Trial Lawyer Michael Rakower Discusses His Court Victory in Non-Profit Benefits Case

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Growing a successful litigation boutique requires a steady stream of victories – and often obtaining them against larger opponents. Michael…

Lawyer Limelight: Barney Given

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The truly elite trial lawyer who can succeed regardless of the jurisdiction or industry is a rare find. For Loeb…

Lawyer Limelight: Patrick Quinn

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Photo by Dave Cross. Pat Quinn is a Cadwalader lifer. He summered at the firm and joined it for good…

Richard Brand on Cadwalader’s Thriving Corporate Practice

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Photo by Dave Cross. Chances are, you’ve heard of Richard Brand‘s work. As a partner and co-chair of the corporate group…

Lawyer Limelight: Rachel Skaistis

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. The path to becoming a top investigations  lawyer – one of the hottest practices on the planet…

Lawyer Limelight: Stephen Zack

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If there is an “Only in America” lawyer, it may well be Stephen N. Zack of Boies Schiller Flexner. The Detroit-born,…

Lawyer Limelight: Shawn Raymond

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Many lawyers struggle with balancing their personal and professional lives. For Shawn Raymond, the two are inextricably intertwined. It’s been…

Lawyer Limelight: Anita Hill

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Photos by Ken Richardson. Before #MeToo, there was Anita Hill. In 1991, the scholarly law professor told her story. Of…

Lawyer Limelight: Elyse Whitehead

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For Elyse Whitehead, Keesal Young & Logan is all about “the people” – the unique collegial environment that makes the…

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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Photo by Rory Earnshaw. Lawdragon is presenting a series looking at lawyers who produce vast amounts of business for their…

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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Photo by Dave Cross. Lawdragon is presenting a series looking at lawyers who produce vast amounts of business for their…

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…

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