Lawdragon's popular "Lawyer Limelight" series features insightful discussions with the world's most prominent lawyers. On this page, we present many of the Q&As we have conducted over the years with New York's finest attorneys, covering litigators and corporate dealmakers across all types of businesses and industries. 

With an endless range of mega-mergers, bankruptcies, contract and intellectual property litigation, entertainment and fashion deals, and the most sensitive white-collar cases, New York remains the most dynamic legal market for top lawyers and firms.


The 500 Lawyer Limelight: Peter Bicks

The type of litigator who makes the Lawdragon 500 guide varies, but inevitably that person brings a certain extra quality or characteristic that makes him or her deserving of the elite distinction. For Peter Bicks, who also heads Orrick's New York office, it’s an impressive track record of winning cases or earning favorable settlements in a range of high-stakes commercial, mass tort, product liability and intellectual property disputes – regardless of the jurisdiction in which he may find himself. Bicks first captured our … [Read more…]



The 500 Lawyer Limelight: Charles “Casey” Cogut

If anyone needs advice on how to be a successful corporate lawyer and still find time to watch “Mad Men” and read thick biographies of historical figures, Charles “Casey” Cogut, Simpson Thacher’s most senior M&A partner, may have the answer. Considered one of the nation’s most prominent and prolific corporate lawyers, Cogut has been doing deals since 1973 and he hasn’t slowed down a bit. Last year, Cogut took part in several major deals, including multibillion-dollar back-to-back deals including … [Read more…]




Lawyer Limelight: Nanette Heide

Since moving to Duane Morris in 2009 as a partner specializing in private equity and venture capital, Nanette Heide has combined two of her greatest passions: building companies and working with fashion entrepreneurs. Duane Morris is just one of a handful of law firms that has built a niche practice within its private equity and venture capital practice group catering to fashion and apparel startups. As founding sponsor of FashInvest, an annual conference in New York that draws more than 300 attendees from the fashion and investing … [Read more…]


The 500 Lawyer Limelight:Ethan Klingsberg

As an aspiring ultra-marathon runner, Cleary Gottlieb partner Ethan Klingsberg has a taste for speed. But when it comes to his M&A practice he longs for the days when people would sit down and negotiate deals in the same room, or at least the same time zone. “I've done a half-dozen deals with some firms and never met a single lawyer from these firms in person,” Klingsberg said. “I try to encourage boards to meet in person as much as possible. But, due to the speed of deals and the ability to connect virtually, even … [Read more…]



Lawyer Limelight: Thomas H. Kennedy

When Skadden Arps partner Thomas H. Kennedy was appointed as the firm’s Global Head of Knowledge Strategy in 2009, he knew it would be a challenge. Global law firms of Skadden’s proportions (more than 1,800 lawyers spread across 23 offices) have long struggled to harness their vast internal resources to share knowledge among lawyers across diverse practices, create effective communication strategies for meaningful client engagement and cross sell. 
“One of the things I aspire to in the job is for us to clearly understand … [Read more…]



The 500 Lawyer Limelight: Kenneth Eckstein

Kenneth Eckstein of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel is one of the nation's leading bankruptcy attorneys. He was in the eye of the storm heading teams for creditors in both the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies, and he also represented St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers in New York in a creative solution to its bankruptcy that will lead to the creation of a 24-hour emergency facility. He serves as co-chair of Kramer Levin's 40-attorney corporate restructuring and bankruptcy practice. Lawdragon: Can you … [Read more…]



More of our Lawyer Limelights in New York:

Lawyer Limelight: Brad Karp – The esteemed litigator and Paul Weiss leader.

Lawyer Limelight: Michael R. Young – An undisputed litigation leader in financial reporting.

Lawyer Limelight: Mike McKool – One of the nation's best trial lawyers. 

Lawyer Limelight: Ariana Tadler – A top securities litigator and a pioneer in discovery issues.

Lawyer Limelight: Gary Naftalis – A go-to lawyer for white collar litigation.

Lawyer Limelight: Richard Clary – Has had great success in defending banks in litigation.

Lawyer Limelight: Judith Kaye – From heading New York's courts to Skadden's litigaiton department.

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