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Lawyer Limelight: Ricardo Cedillo

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Photo by Josh Huskin. Ricardo Cedillo binge-watches trials the way some television viewers consume entire seasons of “Breaking Bad” or…

Lawyer Limelight: Lauren Angelilli

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. Handling the tax side of corporate deals is especially demanding at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where…

Lawyer Limelight: James D. Gotz

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It’s not every day you hear about a successful lawyer taking an 18-month hiatus to focus on a different kind…

Lawyer Limelight: Thomas Scolaro

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Thomas Scolaro, of Leesfield Scolaro, is an impassioned personal injury attorney with a strong track record in southern Florida. When…

Lawyer Limelight: Kenneth T. Lumb

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Photo by Michelle Nolan. Public service is often an inherent part of a plaintiffs’ practice, particularly at leading firms like…

Reid, Collins & Tsai Celebrates 10 Years of Success

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From left to right: Eric Madden, Lisa Tsai, Bill Reid, Nate Palmer, Jason Collins, Joshua Bruckerhoff, Rachel Fleishman and Craig…

Lawyer Limelight: Robert P. Brooks

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Robert Brooks has an employment practice closely attuned to the clients he represents. For companies in both the public and…

Lawyer Limelight: Lary Stromfeld

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Photo by Dave Cross. Lary Stromfeld has always been drawn to big challenges, whether it’s setting standards for the global…

Lawyer Limelight: Caitlin Halligan

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Photo by Jay Gunning / Owl Bridge Media. Few law firms operating at the top of the profession have ever…

Lawyer Limelight: Elaine Golin

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Many of the best lawyers we’ve written about knew they wanted to be lawyers at an early age, perhaps following…

Lawyer Limelight: Ellen Holloman

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Ellen Holloman knew from a very young age that she would be a doctor or a lawyer. Expectations were high…

Lawyer Limelight: Alexandra “Lexie” White

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Photo by Felix Sanchez. You don’t know Lexie. Hard to not think about stories discussing the dearth of women trial…

Lawyer Limelight: Milton Williams

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Photo by Dave Cross. Milton Williams has built a renowned white-collar defense practice with a focus on regulatory matters, internal…

Lawyer Limelight: Steven Eckhaus

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Steven Eckhaus is regularly called to the table by influential executives to hammer out compensation packages and other crucial employment…

Lawyer Limelight: Jeremy A. Lieberman

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Photo by Laura Barisonzi. It’s hard to find a more compelling plaintiff securities litigator than Pomerantz Managing Partner, Jeremy A….

Lawyer Limelight: Anthony Shapiro

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Even in the elite air of Lawdragon 500 members, Anthony Shapiro’s unusual practice blend makes him something of a rarity…

Lawyer Limelight: Joshua White

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After a bicycling accident landed him in the hospital, Joshua White felt compelled to turn away from his practice as…

Lawyer Limelight: David Wachtel

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Dave Wachtel realized early in his career that he wanted to develop a practice aligned with his beliefs: supporting individuals…

Lawyer Limelight: David Kelley

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Few lawyers nationwide boast the high-profile track record that Lawdragon 500 member David Kelley has built over the course of…

Lawyer Limelight: Eric Posner On Joining MoloLamken

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Photo by Michelle Nolan. One can only imagine breakfast in the Posner household: “Son, give some thought to that box…

Lawyer Limelight: Jeroen van Kwawegen

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Photo by Jay Gunning / Owl Bridge Media. The most elite law firms stay on top by always getting better,…

Lawyer Limelight: Terry Pritchard and Lisa Mayhew

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Terry Pritchard (left) and Lisa Mayhew are co-chairs of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, an international 1,400-attorney firm that is the…

Lawyer Limelight: Megan Jones of Hausfeld

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Hausfeld partner Megan Jones excels at litigating enormous antitrust cases in court while also handling the nuances of negotiating settlements….

Lawyer Limelight: Kirk Stange

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Kirk Stange and his wife Paola founded Stange Law Firm, PC in 2007 with just a single office between them….

Lawyer Limelight: Nicholas Gravante Jr.

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Photo by Dave Cross. Nicholas Gravante was preparing for a summer party he and his family host each year at…

Lawyer Limelight: Samuel J. Cordes

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Pittsburgh-based employment lawyer Samuel Cordes works primarily on the plaintiff side, representing employees against firms of all sizes. His wins…

Bernstein Litowitz: Helping Fox Guard the Workplace

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Before #MeToo, Bernstein Litowitz’s Shareholder Lawsuit Against Fox’s Board Created a New Oversight Structure to Combat Harassment. Max Berger (left),…

Lawyer Limelight: Stacey Myers Garrett

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Stacey Myers Garrett’s practice is focused on banking, securities and privacy laws. She has seen several dozen cases to completion…

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…

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