A Conversation with Jim Rishwain

Last week I had the chance to sit down with Jim Rishwain, the Chair of Pillsbury, in their New York office just off Times Square. He’s been chair since May 1, 2006, following the high-profile Mary Cranston, and when he assumed the role six years ago it had not...

In re: Passion

Dogs bark.  Birds sing.  Snakes bite.  Lawyers sue. Or is there more to it than that? I’m referring to the series of class action lawsuits being brought against law schools claiming they systematically  misled students/applicants about such presumably material...

Fresh From Page Six

I don’t ordinarily write about ethical transgressions or semi-sordid tales of malfeasance among people more often found on the New York Post’s Page 6 than in the Times or the Journal, but here we have a cautionary tale that, I fear, may hold a slightly...

Joe Flom, 1923-2011

We’ve all heard the sad news that Joe Flom died Wednesday at age 87.  (WSJ, The American Lawyer, The New York Times, DealBook) Over 20 years ago, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of The American Lawyer, Steve Brill wrote a profile of Joe, and...

The Man In the Grey Flannel Suit

The phrase “an American original” may strike you as overused, and I might agree, but I’d have to limit it to the narrow sense in which it may be applied to more people than deserve it. In other words, there aren’t enough of them. But today, we...

A Conversation with Howard Altarescu

Last week I had a chance to sit down with Howard Altarescu of Orrick, who I felt compelled to get to know better when he was the first, and still the only, person to know the answer to a question I like to pose, whenever I have the chance, to groups of lawyers...
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