The Big Interview

The bigwigs (government)

Star lawyers talk to us about their jobs and their remarkable lives.

POLITICS

Marc Elias interview.jpgMarc Elias, Hilary Clinton's campaign attorney
"Make sure to take the hard classes in law school that build skills and a useful knowledge base."

A.B. Culvahouse, Reagan's former counsel
"The focus on financial results is forcing rapid change in law firm business models as practice specialties become fee-sensitive."

Ben Ginsberg, Mitt Romney's campaign lawyer
"Presidential campaigns are highly regulated startups."


Bob Bauer, Obama's chief legal adviser
"...in my second career, I would stand firm against the mob and work toward a world in which I and others could pun with impunity."

Kathryn RuemmlerKathryn Ruemmler, Obama's former White House Counsel
"I was drawn to human stories in law."

Robert Barnett, presidential campaign lawyer
"Stop saying 'like' and 'you know' – the disease of today's young people. I don't 'like' and I don't necessarily 'know'."

Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of NYC
"My personal slogan is 'accountability' – you need to be accountable for the things that you do."

GOVERNMENT

A.B. Culvahouse, Reagan's former counsel
"The focus on financial results is forcing rapid change in law firm business models as practice specialties become fee-sensitive."

Ben Ginsberg, Mitt Romney's campaign lawyer
"Presidential campaigns are highly regulated startups."

Bob Bauer, Obama's chief legal adviser
"...in my second career, I would stand firm against the mob and work toward a world in which I and others could pun with impunity."

Kathryn Ruemmler, Obama's former White House Counsel
"I was drawn to human stories in law."

Robert Barnett, presidential campaign lawyer
"Stop saying 'like' and 'you know' – the disease of today's young people. I don't 'like' and I don't necessarily 'know'."

Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of NYC
"My personal slogan is 'accountability' – you need to be accountable for the things that you do."

BUSINESS

Bob DuPuy, former president of Major League Baseball

Eli Whitney Debevoise II, ex-World Bank exec

Elliott Portnoy, CEO of Dentons, the world's largest law firm

Harvey Miller, bankruptcy legend, remembered

Jerold Oshinsky, Chambers USA 'Lifetime Achievement Award' winner

Jonathan Blake, former chair of Covington & Burling and Emmy winner

Kate Murashige, role model patent lawyer

Keith Wetmore, former chair of MoFo and first openly gay BigLaw chairman

Marci Eisenstein, Schiff Hardin's first female managing partner

Marty Lipton, co-founder of Wachtell

Nancy Lieberman, top Wall Street attorney; youngest ever Skadden partner

Rodge Cohen, celebrity corporate lawyer