Author Archives: Leigh McMullan Abramson

Actress Diana Hopper (L) and actor Billy Bob Thornton pose at the after party for the premiere screening of Amazon's 'Goliath' at The London on September 29, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Big Law is Filled with Big Drama in ‘Goliath’

Big Law is Filled with Big Drama in ‘Goliath’

David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro were not being subtle when they named their new eight-episode Amazon show, “Goliath.” In the show, Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thorton), a down-on-his-luck attorney working out of a seedy Santa Monica motel, takes on a wrongful death case against Borns Technology, a giant defense contractor represented by his former

Top Goldman Lawyer Helped Turn Around a Struggling Law Firm

David Greenwald has been known to lace up his sneakers and run the eight miles from his Upper West Side apartment to Fried Frank’s office in lower Manhattan. Since joining the firm in a leadership role in 2013, Greenwald has breathed new energy into the 450-lawyer firm, helping bring in record profits per partner, revenue

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Will Law Firms Be Disrupted by High-End Temping Gigs?

On paper, Danielle Lackey looks like a strong candidate for Big Law partnership — degrees from Brown University and Stanford Law School and excellent recommendations about her legal work. But after four years at Latham & Watkins, Lackey decided the lifestyle didn’t suit her. “I wanted to control my own destiny,” she said. In the

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At Dickstein, Being a ‘One Stop’ Shop Worked, Until it Didn’t

Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part series on Dickstein Shapiro. Read Part I here. It was 1973 and Dickstein Shapiro was riding its first real wave of growth. Richard Nixon was in the White House. Literally just blocks away, his onetime counsel and confidante Charles Colson worked at Dickstein Shapiro, in the modern building

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How Two Men Started a Law Firm After a Trip to Fire Island

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series on Dickstein Shapiro. On the last page of his memoir, Sidney Dickstein, founding partner of the now defunct law firm Dickstein Shapiro, reserved space to vent about a pressing issue for law firms. As Dickstein saw it, big firm lawyers were too focused on profitability,

The Wire Credited for Big Time Litigator’s Lateral Move

Never underestimate the bonds formed over iconic television. “It started over The Wire,” says veteran white collar litigator Barbara “Biz” Van Gelder of her move to Philadelphia firm Cozen O’Connor from merger-seeking Dickstein Shapiro. Van Gelder, known for her representation of former high-level government officials, and Barry Boss, co-chair of Cozen’s Criminal Defense & Internal

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Should Big Firms Worry About Plummeting Bar Scores?

Bar passage rates continued their downward spiral with only 61% of test-takers passing the New York bar this July. These dismal results set off a fresh round of speculation about the deterioration of the legal profession. Do big law firms need to worry that their lawyers are getting dumber? Probably not. The impact of the

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Does Dismissal Signal Death Knell for Insider Trading Cases?

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s dogged pursuit of insider trading cases over the past decade has been a boon for elite white collar litigators. But in the aftermath of a recent ruling significantly limiting liability, insider trading prosecutions are dropping like flies. Last week, the U.S. dismissed its case against former SAC Capital Advisors LP fund manager Michael