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The American Lawyer Honors Top Big Law Innovators of Last 50 Years

The American Lawyer Honors Top Big Law Innovators of Last 50 Years

NEW YORK – July 30, 2013 – ALM’s The American Lawyer has chosen The Top 50 Innovators in Big Law in the Last 50 Years and details their innovations in its August issue and online at The winners, picked for their contributions in the categories of Big Ideas, Law Firm Values, Outsiders’ Influence, The Work, and Business of Law, will be honored at a reception in New York City on October 10th.

“Big Law is notorious for its hidebound habits, but over the last 50 years a few dozen men and women have had an outsize impact on the profession,” wrote Robin Sparkman, Editor in Chief of The American Lawyer. “Our research and reporting teams spent six months looking for the people whose ideas, policies, and practices have left an indelible mark on the legal industry.”

The innovators are:

Big Ideas
• Russell Baker, Baker & McKenzie
• Ralph Baxter, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe
• Jerome Cohen, Coudert Brothers
• Allen Holmes, Jones Day
• Wang Junfeng, King & Wood Mallesons
• Peter Kalis, K&L Gates
• Young Moo Kim, Kim & Chang
• W. James MacIntosh, Morgan. Lewis & Bockius
• Owen Nee Jr., Coudert Brothers
• Regina Pisa, Goodwin Procter
• John Quinn, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan
• Ralph Savarese, Howrey
• Clinton Stevenson, Latham & Watkins

Law Firm Values
• Hillary Rodham Clinton, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession
• Esther Lardent, Pro Bono Institute
• Jonathan Lippman, New York State Chief Judge
• Robert MacCrate, ABA Task Force on Law Schools and The Profession
• David Morley, Allen & Overy
• Roderick Palmore, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
• Thomas Sager, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company
• Howard Westwood, Covington & Burling
• Keith Wetmore, Morrison & Foerster

Outsiders’ Influence
• Robert Banks Sr., American Corporate Counsel Association
• Steven Bochco, L.A. Law
• Steven Brill, The American Lawyer
• Mark Chandler, Cisco Systems, Inc.
• Sir David Clementi, The Clementi Report
• Mark Harris, Axiom
• Ben Heineman Jr., General Electric Company
• Sanjay Kamlani, Pangea3
• David Lat, Above the Law
• Hugh McLernon, IMF (Australia) Ltd.
• David Perla, Pangea3
• Marla Persky, Baxter Healthcare Corporation
• Jerome Rubin, LexisNexis
• Amy Schulman, Pfizer Inc.
• John Walker, IMF (Australia) Ltd.
• Earle Yaffa, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

The Work
• Richard Beattie, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
• Thomas Boggs Jr., Patton Boggs
• H. Rodgin Cohen, Sullivan & Cromwell
• Kirk Davenport, Latham & Watkins
• Robert Fiske, Davis Polk & Wardwell
• Joseph Flom, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
• Jack Levin, Kirkland & Ellis
• Martin Lipton, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
• Harvey Miller, Weil, Gotshal & Manges
• Charles Ruff, Covington & Burling

Business of Law
• David Boies, Boies, Schiller & Flexner
• Andrew Grech, Slater & Gordon
• Scott Green, Pepper Hamilton
• Simon Harper, Berwin Leighton Paisner
• Stephen Hopkins, Eversheds
• Sir Nigel Knowles, DLA Piper
• Peter Martyr, Norton Rose
• Diana Newcombe, Eversheds
• Raymond Niro, Niro, Haller & Niro
• Larry Sonsini, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

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