Tag Archives: Q&A

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Fighting Trump’s Policies is Personal for This Lawyer

Fighting Trump’s Policies is Personal for This Lawyer

Last week, lawyers from Covington joined the University of California in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program on what the university called “nothing more than an unreasoned executive whim.” In an interview with Big Law Business, Covington vice chair Lanny Breuer said the case “goes

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The Business of Environmental Law Under Trump: Q&A

From withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord to the aggressive restructuring of environmental regulations, the Trump administration has already had a clear and strong impact on environmental law. The administration plans to revoke or weaken substantial Obama era policies like the Clean Power Plan and the Waters of the United States rule. Working with congress,

Signage is displayed outside of the Disney-ABC Television Group in Burbank, California, U.S., on Monday, May 9, 2016. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/ Bloomberg

Why ABC News Is Facing a Jury Over ‘Pink Slime’: QuickTake Q&A

Walt Disney Co.’s ABC News is heading to trial in South Dakota, where the network faces as much as $5.7 billion in potential damages over allegations that it made false and misleading statements about the food additive “pink slime” in a 2012 series of reports. Beef Products Inc., a closely held company based in South

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Booz Allen’s Top Lawyer on Her Business Side Passions

Nancy Laben always knew that the common route many newly minted law school graduates follow — obtaining a clerkship or landing a position at a Big Law firm — just wasn’t for her. “I took stock of my skillset, and what I loved and was passionate about was the business side of law,” said Laben, who is General Counsel


Meet the Woman Helping Other Women Start Law Firms

How many women owned law firms are there in the U.S.? Nobody appears to know, according to Nicole Galli, a Big Law refuge who launched her own firm in 2015. This week, Galli and others formally launched Women Owned Law, an organization dedicated to helping other women legal entrepreneurs network, increase their visibility, and grow their influence. One

WASHINGTON, :  Neil Eggleston (L), lawyer for Enron's Board of Directors talks with Dr. Herbert Winokur, Jr. (C) and John Duncan (R) both former members or current members of Enron's Board of Directors prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee 7 May 2002 on Capitol Hill. The committee questioned the  panel on their role in Enron's collapse.  AFP Photo/Stephen JAFFE (Photo credit should read STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Neil Eggleston on Working for Obama and Returning to Kirkland

Neil Eggleston doesn’t like talking critically about the Trump Administration after serving as former President Barack Obama’s top lawyer in the White House for three years. “I have decided early on that I was not going to be critical of my successor or the administration,” Eggleston told Big Law Business. Such bad-mouthing is frowned upon and


Spotify’s GC on Moving from Microsoft to the Music Streaming Service

When Horacio Gutierrez left Microsoft Corporation last year to lead the law department at Spotify, he placed a bet on the music streaming company’s future. The 52-year-old lawyer had spent 18 years working up the ranks of the technology giant, earning himself a promotion to General Counsel and Corporate Vice President just six months before


O’Melveny Practice Leader on the Evolving State of Sports Law

Irwin Raij sees opportunities for deal lawyers as the sports industry evolves. Hired at O’Melveny & Myers this month, Raij was brought on board to co-chair the firm’s lawyer sports industry practice group, which has made several prominent additions this year. “I see sports content evolving in so many different ways,” said Raij. “I think

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Dentons Chair on ‘The Big Picture Race’ to Move Upstream

In today’s legal market, a lawyer who considers him or herself a generalist and doesn’t adapt to change may find themselves out of the job. At least that’s the case at the 7,600-lawyer Dentons, which this week experienced a mild tremor as news surfaced in The American Lawyer that “as many as 20 or more partners

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PayPal’s Top Lawyer on How to ‘Earn a Seat at the Table’

Louise Pentland holds an expansive view on how a top in-house lawyer should contribute to the company. “As an in-house lawyer, the best you can get is when you’re integrated with the business team,” said PayPal’s Chief Business Affairs and Legal Officer. But that’s far from how Pentland said PayPal’s legal team operated before she joined