The Big Interview

The bigwigs (government)

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


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
" 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

Robert Barnett "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

Rudy Giuliani


"My personal slogan is 'accountability' – you need to be accountable for the things that you do."


Haben Girma - Deafblind Harvard Law grad and civil rights campaigner Haben Girmer

"We all have the ability to make our world more inclusive."  



Bob DuPuy Bob DuPuy, former president of Major League Baseball

Eli Whitney Debevoise II Eli Whitney Debevoise II, ex-World Bank exec

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

Jerold Oshinsky, Chambers USA 'Lifetime Achievement Award' winner

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

Kate Murasighe Kate Murashige, role model patent lawyer

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

Marci Eisenstein Marci Eisenstein, Schiff Hardin's first female managing partner

Marty Lipton, co-founder of Wachtell

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

Rodge Cohen Rodge Cohen, celebrity corporate lawyer