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.

Barbara Finkelstein

Q&A: Barbara Finkelstein

By Rebecca Baker |

For the past 20 years, Barbara Finkelstein has been the face of civil legal services for low-income residents in the northern suburbs of New York City. She is the CEO of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and has helped grow the agency from a single office with 20 employees in 1995 to a chain of eight offices with 120 employees and hundreds of part-time, pro bono attorneys.

Jeffrey Friedlander

Q&A: Jeffrey Friedlander

By Jeff Storey |

As a student, Jeffrey Friedlander said he was only "vaguely aware" of the New York City Law Department. But one of his professors at NYU Law School recruited him, and he ended up spending his entire professional career there—a 44 year run that will end in a few months, he announced Wednesday.