National Law Journal Names Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers
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The editors of The National Law Journal have identified 40 attorneys in 12 legal areas in its list of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers” released Monday morning.  David Brown, editor in chief of The National Law Journal, called the group the “lawyers who defined the decade.”

The group was selected from more than 100 nominations submitted by the legal community and represents big law firms, academia and government and advocacy groups. The practice areas included antitrust antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, civil rights, corporate, energy & environmental; in house; intellectual property; labor & employment; legal education; litigation; and regulatory.

The attorneys will be honored at The National Law Journal’s annual dinner June 15 at Gotham Hall in New York City.


Here is the complete list of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers”:

Kevin Arquit, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
William Baer, Arnold & Porter
Joe Sims, Jones Day

Thomas Goldstein, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
Maureen Mahoney, Latham & Watkins
Carter Phillips, Sidley Austin

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Corinne Ball, Jones Day
John Butler, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Jay Goffman, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
Harvey Miller, Weil Gotshal & Manges
James Sprayregen, Kirkland & Ellis

Civil Rights:
Ruth Harlow, Linklaters
Neal Katyal, Principal Deputy Solicitor General
John Payton, NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Paul Smith, Jenner & Block

H. Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell
Edward Herlihy, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Jeffrey Rosen, Debevoise & Plimpton

Energy & Environmental:
C. Mark Baker, Fulbright & Jaworski
Edwin Feo, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
Robert Wyman, Latham & Watkins

In House:
Mark Chandler, Cisco Systems
Roderick Palmore, General Mills
Thomas Sager, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.

Intellectual Property:
Morgan Chu, Irell & Manella
Donald Dunner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Russell Frackman, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp

Labor and Employment:
Nancy Abell, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker
Paul Salvatore, Proskauer Rose
Joseph Sellers, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll

Legal Education:
Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law School
David Van Zandt, Northwestern University School of Law
Elizabeth Warren, Harvard Law School

Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Illinois
Mark Lanier, Lanier Law Firm
Brendan Sullivan, Williams & Connolly
Ted Wells Jr., Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison

Charlene Barshefsky, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr
Giovanni Prezioso, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Richard Wiley, Wiley Rein


National Law Journal identifies 40 attorneys in 12 legal practice areas in its list of “The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers.” The legal practice areas include antitrust, appellate, bankruptcy, civil rights, corporate, energy & environmental, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation and regulatory and legal education and many more. Find different types of top most influential lawyers featured in the list compiled for handling legal issues/matters.


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