Q&A's

Steven Molo

Steven Molo Reflects on Silver Reversal in Wake of 'McDonnell'

By B. Colby Hamilton |

In the wake of the circuit's reversal in 'Silver', MoloLamken name attorney Steven Molo and his team were praised by the bar for having the foresight to anticipate 'McDonnell', which the Supreme Court agreed to review during, but not before the end of, Silver's trial.

Jonathan Gradess, executive director of the NYS Defenders Association

Longtime Leader of Public Defense Group Reflects on Struggles to Improve Defendants' Rights

By Rebecca Baker |

After nearly 40 years as the executive director of the New York State Defenders Association, Jonathan Gradess will retire in August. During his tenure, he has seen the organization expand to serve the needs of more than 6,000 public defense attorneys in more than 120 programs in 62 counties. He shares with the Law Journal his departing thoughts on the association, criminal defense in New York and philosophies of the Trump administration.

Sean Murphy of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Q&A With Sean M. Murphy

By B. Colby Hamilton |

The first case on which Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy partner Sean Murphy was assigned right out of law school in the mid-1990s was in the somewhat unique securities litigation world created by the Investment Company Act of 1940. The beginnings were auspicious, as Murphy has become a leading litigator in the area, helping to make Milbank arguably the top firm to handle investor suits against investment advisers under the even more specific Section 36, which governs fiduciary duties.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

Policy Director Josh Gold Reflects on Uber's Big NY Win

By Josefa Velasquez |

Reporter Josefa Velasquez gets Uber policy director Josh Gold to sit down for a Q&A over the ride-hailing company's victory in a years-long battle to secure legislation allowing it to operate in upstate New York.

Q&A With Gerald Lebovits

By Rebecca Baker |

Acting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Gerald Lebovits suspected that many judges struggled with the pressures of the job. So he began researching the topic and wrote what became the June cover story of the New York State Bar Association's Journal: "Judicial Wellness: The Ups and Downs of Sitting New York Judges."

The Justices Don't Have Much Guidance for Handling Trump's Tweets

By Marcia Coyle |

Lower courts don't offer much guidance on how to resolve clashes between presidential speech and the U.S. Justice Department's litigation positions, Kate Shaw of Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law found in a forthcoming article. In "Beyond the Bully Pulpit: Presidential Speech in the Courts," Shaw undertook what she called "the first systematic examination of presidential speech in the courts." Shaw talks about her review in this Q&A with senior Washington correspondent Marcia Coyle.

Doron Goldstein, Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Facebook Fine Could Slow Future EU Launches

By David Ruiz |

Katten Muchin Rosenman's Doron Goldstein discusses how Facebook's recent $122 million fine by EU regulators could affect future expansion efforts in the region.

Yale Law School Dean Robert Post

Outgoing Yale Law Dean Says School Is 'Reinvigorated'

By Karen Sloan |

In a matter of weeks, Robert Post's name will be etched into one of the lead-paned windows lining the ornate office that houses the dean of Yale Law School.

Harry Joe, member of Dallas' JMO Firm

Executive Order Targeting H-1B Could Hurt Schools and Universities, Immigration Attorney Says

By David Ruiz |

President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a review of the temporary worker visa program heavily used by Silicon Valley companies but Dallas-based immigration attorney Harry Joe said changing the program could also hurt universities and schools.

Robert Khuzami, partner with Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C.

Ex-SEC Enforcer Khuzami Foresees Changes for Whistleblowers

By Sue Reisinger |

Few attorneys have had a career as broad and varied as Robert Khuzami's, which has ranged from private practice to federal prosecutor to bank general counsel to enforcement director at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Kim Rivera, Hewlett Packard

HP's GC Says 'Diversity Mandate' Embraced by Law Firms

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

The legal profession has long struggled with diversity and inclusion. HP Inc. took a novel step in announcing that the company may withhold legal fees from law firms that don't meet diversity staffing requirements. Kim Rivera, HP's chief legal officer and general counsel, on Tuesday detailed the genesis of the fee-holdback program—and the early responses. "I spoke to GCs and law firm partners across the country and much to my gratification, they were very open and collaborative," Rivera said.

Anahita and Heiko Thoms

Attorney and Diplomat Bring Together Lawyers, Nonprofits for Human Rights Effort

By Rebecca Baker |

United Against Modern Slavery began about a year ago in the home of Anahita Thoms, counsel to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and her husband, Heiko Thoms, who has served as deputy permanent representative of Germany to the United Nations. The couple became aware of the growing problem of human trafficking through their work and decided to use their connections and resources to bring together attorneys, leaders of nonprofits and UN organizations and charities who are working to help victims.