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Chelsea Grayson: From Law Clerk to American Apparel CEO

Chelsea Grayson: From Law Clerk to American Apparel CEO

Chelsea Grayson Chief Executive Officer of American Apparel   Chelsea Grayson, chief executive officer of American Apparel, originally joined the company in 2014 as general counsel and rose to the top roughly two years later. She previously spent her entire professional career focusing on mergers and acquisitions at Jones Day and Loeb & Loeb. In February, a

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Sullivan & Cromwell’s Robert Giuffra Jr.: From Rehnquist to VW

Robert Giuffra Jr. Partner, Sullivan & Cromwell   Robert Giuffra Jr. has been a partner at Sullivan &  Cromwell since 1997, and spent time in the White House and as a lawyer for U.S. Senate committees. He’s currently representing Volkswagen in connection with its ongoing diesel emissions scandal. Education Bronxville High School, Bronxville, New York, graduated 1978 Giuffra’s

Roger Meltzer, right, with John Meltzer and Derek Jeter.

Roger Meltzer: From Representing Drexel Burnham to DLA Piper Co-Chair

Roger Meltzer Global and Americas Co-Chairman of DLA Piper   Roger Meltzer, 65, DLA Piper’s global co-chairman and Americas co-chairman, has practiced corporate and securities law for more than 35 years. Meltzer’s clients include commercial banks, investment banking firms, corporations, as well as private equity and investment funds. Below is Meltzer’s story in his own words.  Education Horace

Karp, who once harbored dreams of becoming a professional golfer, on the links with hockey legend Mark Messier.

Brad Karp: From Dreams of Congress to Chair of Paul Weiss

Brad Karp Chairman of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Brad Karp, chair of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, has worked at the firm his entire professional career. Today, his clients include major banks such as Citigroup and the National Football League, and he continues to practice while growing the firm, which was the


29 Years Later: Akin Partner Looks Back

  Tony Pierce Partner in Charge of Washington, D.C. office, Akin Gump    Anthony Pierce joined Akin Gump one year out of law school and has spent the past 29 years at the firm. In 2008, he was elected Partner in Charge of the Washington, D.C. office. Below is his story. Education 1975 – 79: Chantilly High School


Neal Katyal: From Debate Team to House of Cards

Neal Katyal Partner, Hogan Lovells Katyal, 46, joined Hogan Lovells as a parter in 2011. The son of Indian immigrants, he has argued more than 27 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Katyal also served as co-counsel to Al Gore during the controversial 2000 election, in which the Supreme Court declared George W. Bush as


Ted Olson’s Journey as a Lawyer

Theodore B. Olson Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP   Olson, 76,  joined Gibson Dunn as an associate in 1965 and became partner in 1972. He has been at the center of many the country’s most consequential legal disputes in recent years, including the successful challenge of the ban on same-sex marriage imposed under California’s Proposition

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Looking in High Schools to Diversify the Law

To improve diversity in the corporate legal world, some lawyers are thinking it makes sense to start young. Beginning in 2015, in-house lawyers at Hewlett Packard Enterprise recruited several law firms and other corporate legal departments in the Bay Area for a mentorship program for high school students from low-income areas. During the past year, two dozen attorneys from Mayer Brown, White

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Law Students Working on a SCOTUS Brief

For the most part, only a stratified, elite group of lawyers ever work on cases once they’re in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. That’s why Jenner & Block’s decision to bolster its Supreme Court practice by collaborating with students from the University of Chicago Law School is a bit counterintuitive. “We think one plus

Photographers stand as Hillary Clinton, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, is seen speaking on a screen during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Thursday, July 28, 2016. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

What Does Hillary Clinton’s Nomination Mean to Women in Law?

Big Law Business asked four attorneys what Hillary Clinton’s historic nomination means when it comes to shattering the glass ceiling that women in the legal profession face. The consensus is that Clinton’s achievement is definitely a step in the right direction, but there’s more work to do before women achieve full parity with men. Kimberly Leach Johnson, partner and firm chair