Q&A's

Bret Parker, the Executive Director of the New York City Bar Association, photographed in their building at 42 W 44th St. in Manhattan.

NY City Bar Leader Prepares for Race of a Lifetime

By Christine Simmons |

Bret Parker, executive director of the New York City Bar Association, is preparing for a competition unlike any other: running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days.

Ronda Goldfein, Executive Director of the Aids Law Project of Pennsylvania.

Blowing the Whistle on Aetna's Latest HIV-Related Privacy Breach

By Kristen Rasmussen |

Aetna is facing another class action, this one in federal court in Philadelphia, over claims that it failed to protect HIV patients’ privacy.

Glenn Garber

How a Lawyer and His Client Endured 5 Trials to Defeat a Murder Charge

By Andrew Denney |

Q&A with Glenn Garber, a lawyer who secured an acquittal in a murder case that was being tried for an extraordinary fifth time in Westchester County.

Sean Marotta of Hogan Lovells' appellate group had 15 coffees with summer associates in Washington, D.C., this summer. One thing he learned: Always celebrate with a selfie.

Figuring Out What Young Associates Want, Over 15 Coffees

By Katelyn Polantz |

Sean Marotta, a senior appellate associate at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C., had coffee with 15 summer associates this year who found him over Twitter. The National Law Journal caught up with Marotta to review some of what he learned from them.

Jonathan Polkes.

Weil Gotshal Partner Discusses the End of Decade-Long Case That Presaged the Great Recession

By B. Colby Hamilton |

The decision in 'Stender v. Archstone-Smith Operating Trust' by U.S. District Judge William Martinez of the District of Colorado granting summary judgment to dismiss the class action is, on its face, a relatively straightforward contract case. It's only once the full context of the $1 billion action is known that the scope of the litigation becomes appreciable. Weil, Gotshal & Manges partner Jonathan Polkes, co-chair of the firm's global litigation department, appreciates the context.

Lawyer CEO conceptual image

Do Lawyers Make Better CEOs? Yes! Er, Maybe.

By Angela Morris |

Companies run by lawyer CEOs face much less litigation. On the flip side, a lawyer CEO's cautious approach might cause harm by steering a company away from risks that turn out well.

Eric Kuwana of Katten Muchin Rosenman.

Food Safety Legal Expert: 'Have a SWAT Team Ready'

By Kristen Rasmussen |

As news of food-safety investigations ramps up, Corporate Counsel recently spoke with Eric Kuwana, a partner at Katten Muchin Rosenman who has defended national retailers, food manufacturers and other supply chain defendants. Kuwana discussed everything from the Chipotle probe to what to expect in this area in the future and how other food and beverage companies can avoid a similar fate.

As New Season Approaches, NFL, Media Dealmakers Building Up a Head of Stream

By Todd Cunningham |

Steven Smith, managing partner of Bryan Cave's Colorado Springs office, talks about the streaming boom currently collapsing the NFL-media pocket.

Kellye Testy

LSAT Leader Urges Caution in Law Schools' Use of GRE

By Karen Sloan |

The floodgates have opened up for a change that could undo a virtual monopoly on how undergrads get into law school, with Northwestern and Georgetown joining Harvard and the University of Arizona in accepting GRE scores. But the rush to embrace the GRE has its critics—including, not unexpectedly, Kellye Testy, the new president of the Law School Admission Council, which administers the LSAT.

Martin Shkreli and his attorney Benjamin Brafman outside Brooklyn federal court on Thursday

Shkreli Trial Was No 'Slam Dunk' for Prosecutors, Brafman Says

By Andrew Denney |

On Friday, former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli, who faced eight counts in a securities fraud trial that lasted more than a month, was found guilty of three felony counts. But Benjamin Brafman, Shkreli's lead counsel and an attorney known for taking on famous—and, at times, infamous—clients like mob boss Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, Sean Combs and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, says he's as proud of the outcome of the Shkreli case as he would be in a case in which his client won total acquittal.

Mary L. Smith, former federal Indian Health Services acting director

'Enduring' Legal Principles Will Trump Politics at DOJ, Says Former Skadden Lawyer Mary L. Smith

By Miriam Rozen |

Mary Smith, as an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, will be one of the first Native Americans to serve as an officer of the American Bar Association when she becomes its secretary this month.

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.