Author Archives: Stephanie Russell-Kraft

The Prudential Financial Inc. building stands in Newark, New Jersey, U.S., on Wednesday, March 9, 2016. Photographer: Ron Antonelli/Bloomberg

Meet Akin Gump’s New Diversity Chief, Hired from Prudential

Meet Akin Gump’s New Diversity Chief, Hired from Prudential

Akin Gump has hired Michele Meyer-Shipp, former chief diversity officer of Prudential Financial, as the firm’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. The hire makes Akin Gump the latest Big Law firm with a dedicated diversity officer, a role that has gone from obscurity to near-ubiquity in the legal industry over the past ten years. Earlier

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Bryan Cave In Merger Talks With UK Firm Berwin Leighton Paisner

The large St. Louis-based Bryan Cave is in merger talks with London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner, the two law firms said in a joint statement Monday. The combined firm would have 1,500 lawyers in 32 offices across 12 countries, covering markets in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, according to the joint statement. It would

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Oracle’s Top Lawyer on the ‘Cascading Effect’ of Diversity

As the general counsel of Oracle, Dorian Daley believes she has an important role to play in increasing gender equality and diversity within the ranks of her outside counsel. But Daley, who oversees a 457-member legal department at the computing giant, also believes she can do the same for women in tech.  “There can be this helpful,

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Women Make Slight Gains In Big Law Equity Partnership: Report

Women have made modest gains in the highest ranks of Big Law firms, but they remain underrepresented and out-earned by their male counterparts, according to the results of a new survey. According to the survey conducted by the National Association of Women Lawyers, women make up 19 percent of equity partners, compared to 16 percent

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Ethics Expert on Ty Cobb’s Steakhouse Disclosures: He Blew It

When Ty Cobb joined President Trump’s legal team in July, Bloomberg News reported that he was “intended to be traffic cop, enforcer of discipline” on matters related to the ongoing investigation of Russian involvement in the 2016 election. This week, some attorneys were left wondering if that discipline applies to professional ethics. On Sunday, a New

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Why Women Leave Big Law To Start Their Own Firms

Peggy McCausland was tired of her firm’s networking events. The potential clientele she wanted to woo — business women — weren’t showing up, she said. So McCausland conceived her own networking event that would draw them — golf lessons, catered meals and shop talk — and asked for the necessary marketing funds. She was a partner at the firm, Blank Rome,

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10 Accounts of Women Who Left Big Law to Run Their Own Firms

Nancy Mertzel started her own firm in New York in 2017 “I found that in large law firms it wasn’t helpful for me to have any initiative or investigate things. I kind of squelched that aspect of who I am.” “Once I decided to explore hanging out a shingle, I started getting in touch with

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Top Lawyer to Investigate Legal Profession’s Gender Problem

Before Hilarie Bass, co-president at Greenberg Traurig, began her tenure as president of the American Bar Association in August, she had already raised over $350,000 for her signature agenda item: a national research study to find out why women leave their careers in the law. Specifically, the president-elect hopes to find out why so many women leave law firms

Close-up of the upper corner of a consumer credit report from the credit bureau Equifax, with text reading Credit File and Personal Identification, on a light wooden surface, September 11, 2017. In September of 2017, a data breach at Equifax exposed the personal information of thousands of customers. (Photo via Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images).

Five Facts About Equifax’s Data Security Lawyer

Equifax has enlisted the help of King & Spalding’s Phyllis Sumner to defend it against more than 70 class actions brought so far over the credit reporting agency’s massive data breach. The breach, which took place between mid-May and July, compromised the names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of approximately 143 million American consumers,