Greg Berman

Q&A: Greg Berman

By Andrew Denney |

Like most big ideas, the Center for Court Innovation started small. It began in 1993 with the formation of Midtown Community Court, which was created to address low-level offenses like prostitution and graffiti in the Times Square area. Greg Berman, now director of the center, was part of the court's initial planning effort.

David Rivkin

Q&A: David W. Rivkin

By Jeff Storey |

Debevoise & Plimpton litigator David W. Rivkin is a real globetrotter. This year, the prominent practitioner of international dispute resolution and president of the International Bar Association, the first American to hold that post in decades, estimates he has flown approximately 200,000 miles.

Alexandra Shapiro, left, and Cynthia Arato

Q&A: Cynthia Arato and Alexandra Shapiro

By Jeff Storey |

Cynthia Arato and Alexandra Shapiro left partnerships at Gibson Dunn and Latham & Watkins respectively to launch their own litigation boutique in January 2009, a seemingly "risky proposition" in the best of times and particularly daunting during the financial crisis. But "for us, the time was right," they say.

Vladimir Yelizarov

Q&A: Vladimir Yelizarov, a Refugee Who Wanted to Give Back

By Jeff Storey |

Vladimir Yelizarov, an associate at O'Melveny & Myers, has founded with friends who also graduated from New York City public schools a nonprofit that encourages underprivileged high school students to pursue college degrees.

Kevin O'Connor

Q&A: Kevin O'Connor

By Christine Simmons |

Kevin O'Connor, the former top federal prosecutor in Connecticut, made the point that he didn't become general counsel of Point72 Asset Management LP, formerly SAC Capital Advisors LP, to be "window dressing."

Q&A: McGregor Smyth

By Jeff Storey |

McGregor Smyth, 41, is the executive director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), part of what he calls a "community lawyering" movement that "augments the necessary work of traditional legal services by combining individual representation and impact litigation with policy advocacy and community organizing. "

Alan Rothstein

Q&A: Alan Rothstein

By Jeff Storey |

As counsel of the New York City Bar Association, Alan Rothstein has advised the organization's leaders and scores of committees since 1985, guiding the preparation of reports, amicus briefs and letters to government officials on a wide range of public policy and legal reform issues. Due to retire next month, he looks back at the highlights of his career.