Lawyer Limelight: Karen Corrie


Karen Corrie admits to throwing caution to the wind in 2008 when she left her position as an assistant district attorney in New York to become an intern at the International Criminal Court, the ICC, in The Hague. In terms of job titles, the move was a downgrade, but it also positioned her to fulfill her goal of prosecuting the world’s worst atrocities. Corrie rose from an intern to become special assistant to the chief prosecutor - at the time, Luis Moreno Ocampo - and then on to being an analyst within the Office of the Prosecutor and … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: James Woolery

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Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft will remain in steady hands next year when James Woolery takes over as chairman from Christopher White, who guided the firm through the post-financial crisis era. Woolery initially ascended the ranks of the dealmaking world at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he made partner, then went to JPMorgan Chase in 2011 to serve as co-head of mergers & acquisitions for North America. Woolery joined Cadwalader last year and picked up where he left off in private practice. He represented the special committee of … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Paul Shim

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It’s a lot more common to see an attorney with a chemical engineering degree practicing in patent law. But Paul Shim, who received both his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wound up as one of the nation’s leading dealmakers. He handles a constant stream of multibillion-dollar public and private M&A from the New York headquarters of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Shim joined the firm in 1987, the same year he received his law degree from New York University School of … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Marvin Putnam

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Who was responsible for Michael Jackson’s death? Not concert promoter Anschutz Entertainment Group – but Marvin Putnam spent a good portion of 2013 proving that to a jury in Los Angeles, defending the company in a multibillion-dollar case that was among the most storied of the year. As he later told Georgetown Law Magazine: “There were fans who would line the streets and spit at us. ... We had death threats. Until you are in the middle of the circus of it, I don’t know if you are ever prepared for how big it … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Steven Bochner

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No legal market is hotter in the U.S. than Silicon Valley, and no one embodies its ethos quite like Steven Bochner. A corporate and securities lawyer extraordinaire, he’s counseled countless startups as well as some of the biggest players in the region, including Adobe, NetApp, Autodesk, Aruba Networks, Twitter and Rackspace. The son of an immigrant Holocaust survivor, his family moved from Chicago to San Diego before settling in South San Jose when he was in elementary school. Steve went to college at San Jose State and then moved … [Read more...]

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...]