Q&A: Robert Pigott

By Jeff Storey |

Want to know where Judge Joseph Force Crater had his last meal before disappearing forever? Robert Pigott can tell you. His just-completed book, "New York's Legal Landmarks: A Guide to Legal Edifices, Institutions, Lore, History and Curiosities on the City's Streets," is stuffed with such trivia and more momentous events besides.

Judge Castel

Meet the Judges: Southern District Judge P. Kevin Castel

Judge Castel discusses his admiration for good lawyering and what that entails, his approach to case management, why he considers the job a dream come true, and his method for keeping parties at a settlement discussion civil.

Neal Schelberg

Q&A: Neal Schelberg

By Jeff Storey |

Proskauer Rose partner Neal Schelberg describes himself as "an ERISA nuts and bolts man." He has spent most of his professional life opining on the act's requirements, and this year is chairman of the U.S. Labor Department's ERISA Advisory Council. Here he discusses ERISA, the work of the council and how issues such as same gender marriage and health care reform are impacting the employee benefits area.

Ann Pfau

Q&A: Ann T. Pfau

By John Caher |

As chief administrative judge in an unusually stormy era, Ann Pfau was renowned for her steely competence, grace under pressure and capacity to handle crisis with dignity, agility and finesse.

 Stuart Namm

Q&A: Stuart Namm

By Jeff Storey |

More than 20 years after leaving Long Island, former Suffolk County Court Judge Stuart Namm is back with a book explaining how he says he became a "pariah" and was driven from the bench after he took the unusual step of writing to Gov. Mario Cuomo with allegations of botched police investigations and manufactured testimony.

Maya Wiley

Q&A: Maya Wiley

By Rebecca Baker |

"I have the best job in City Hall," said Maya Wiley, a civil rights attorney who became Mayor Bill de Blasio's chief legal advisor two months ago. Here she discusses her legacy of activism and how she plans to be "part of the solution."

David Meister

Q&A: David Meister

By Jeff Storey |

David Meister, who recently rejoined Skadden Arps after serving as director of enforcement for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Corpration, reflects on the CFTC's mission, his tenure there, and the well-trodden path between big law partnership and government service.

Elizabeth Cronin

Q&A: Elizabeth Cronin

By John Caher |

As a former assistant district attorney prosecuting domestic violence, child abuse, sex crimes and elder abuse cases, Elizabeth Cronin spent more than a decade bringing criminals to justice as an advocate for the "People of the State of New York." Now, as head of the Office of Victim Services, she advocates for the casualties of crime.

Acting Supreme Court Justice Alex Calabrese

Q&A: Acting Supreme Court Justice Alex Calabrese

By Andrew Keshner |

Since the Red Hook Community Justice Center opened in 2000, Calabrese has been the presiding judge of the multi-jurisdictional court, but he doesn't stop there. The judge is a regular at police precinct council meetings, Little League games and other functions in a section of Brooklyn that was once notoriously crime-hardened.

Daniel Alonso

Q&A: Daniel R. Alonso

By Andrew Keshner |

The former Chief Assistant District Attorney, who is moving back to private practice after formally stepping down last month, discusses the Manhattan D.A.'s office under Cyrus Vance Jr., memorable cases, changes he saw from his first stint in the office under Robert Morgenthau 20 years ago, and changes needed in the office and the law.

Jennifer Cowan

Q&A: Jennifer R. Cowan

By Jeff Storey |

The Debevoise & Plimpton litigator led a team of lawyers who used a novel argument to secure the release of Ibrahim Idris, one of five detainees at Guantanamo Bay the firm represented, who was reunited with his family in his native Sudan in December 2013.

Justice Mark Dillon and the cover of his book,

Q&A: Justice Mark Dillon

By Jeff Storey |

The Second Department justice had not been a western history buff before a family trip to Montana. But he was intrigued by monuments and exhibits he saw on the once lawless frontier territory, an interest that eventually led to the publication of his first book, "The Montana Vigilantes: 1863-1870: Gold, Guns, and Gallows."