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Legal Speak
Where we break down what’s happening in the legal industry

You’ve Seen Hulu’s ‘Mrs. America’ — Now Hear the Real Story
Jul 31 • 23 min
Feminist attorney Brenda Feigen, whose story is woven into the Hulu miniseries Mrs. America, joins Legal Speak co-host Vanessa Blum for a conversation about the campaign to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s. If you’ve watched the show,…
Climbing a Shaky Career Ladder: Rookie Lawyers Learn It’s Hard to Plan in a Pandemic
Jul 24 • 36 min
The legal profession is facing a new normal due to COVID-19. For law students and newer attorneys, the situation can be even more anxiety provoking. On this episode, legal business reporter Dylan Jackson talks with two guests about the…
‘I Hope We All Keep Up the Momentum and Keep the Strength:’ Black Women Firm Leaders Speak
Jul 2 • 35 min
Recent police killings of Black men and women has spurred a dialogue on racial injustice in the legal profession and a push for greater inclusion. On this episode, Grace Speights and Tara Elliott join The National Law Journal Editor in Chief Lisa…
‘Pictures in My Head’: Black Law Deans Take on Racism in Legal Ed
Jun 19 • 30 min
On this week’s podcast, legal education editor Karen Sloan talks with two black law deans about a new initiative to mobilize law schools and their communities in the fight for racial equality. Angela Onwuachi-Willig, dean of Boston…
‘It’s OK Not to Be OK’: An In-House Leader’s Take on Guiding Resilient Teams
Jun 12 • 18 min
With Uber’s worldwide operations shaken up amid the coronavirus pandemic, Uber Technologies Associate GC Matt Wilson explains the strategies that help his team perform under pressure. Wilson, who leads Uber’s 90-member legal team across Asia Pacific,…
‘This Has to Be a Seminal Moment’: Black Law Firm Leaders on Inequity, Ire and What Comes Next
Jun 5 • 30 min
On this episode, two prominent African American law firm leaders explore the context behind the frustration, sorrow and anger seen in protests around the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Scott Bolden, D.C. managing…
Times Are Tough! A Shame-Free Guide to Surviving Career Disruption
May 29 • 19 min
The legal industry shed 64,000 jobs in April as impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic permeated the economy. That leaves a lot of people figuring out the next steps of their careers in a difficult economic climate. On this episode, Baker Botts…
Back to Brick-and-Mortar: Law Firms Reopen S-L-O-W-L-Y in the COVID-19 Era.
May 22 • 22 min
Temperature checks, plexiglass partitions and crowd-controlled elevator access are just some of what’s in store at law offices for the foreseeable future as they begin to reopen in the COVID-19 era. In this Legal Speak podcast, business of law…
Calming the Imposter Monster: You Don’t Know Everything, And That’s OK.
May 15 • 19 min
Despite three years of law school, passing the bar and snagging a job, lawyers often are plagued by feelings of being ill-equipped to handle the challenges that practicing law throws at them. They’ve got the credentials and they look the part,…
Hold the Phone! The Supreme Court Is in (Virtual) Session
May 8 • 20 min
On this Legal Speak podcast, Supreme Court correspondent Marcia Coyle checks in with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner David Bowker, whose May 5 argument in USAID v Alliance for Open Society International was one of the first Supreme Court…
Summer of Our Discontent: Big Law Associate Programs Get Major Overhaul
May 1 • 25 min
Forget swanky lunches, cocktail parties and boat outings. The coronavirus pandemic means this year’s summer associate programs, for those law firms still conducting them, are online endeavors at this point, as Zoom meetings replace law firms’ best…
Banner Year to Total Bummer: What’s Ahead for the Am Law 100
Apr 24 • 27 min
American Lawyer Editor-in-Chief Gina Passarella and Executive Editor Ben Seal share key takeaways from the new Am Law 100 report and explain what the numbers mean in light of the COVID-19 crisis. Later, reporter David Thomas talks with Altman Weil…
‘Painfully, Sadly, Far Too Many Bankruptcies’: Gibson Dunn Top Litigator on What’s Coming Post-COVID-19
Apr 17 • 25 min
In this episode, we hear from Randy Mastro, one of the most recognized litigators in the country, who describes the coming wave of lawsuits. Jenna Greene, editor of affiliate Litigation Daily, talks with the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher…
‘Take Heart. Be Strong’: David Lat On How COVID-19 Has Changed His Life and the Legal Profession
Apr 10 • 25 min
David Lat, founder of the blog Above the Law who’s now a legal recruiter, spent 17 days in the hospital—six of those on a ventilator—battling COVID-19. He talks about how he’s changed by the experience and what life is like on the other…
Zoom GC Aparna Bawa Opens Up About Big Gains and Some Growing Pains
Apr 3 • 39 min
Hundreds of millions of people have flocked to the video conference platform Zoom to conduct business, to attend school and to socialize during the coronavirus pandemic. On this episode, Zoom’s chief legal officer, Aparna Bawa, talks candidly about…
For Big Law, Is COVID-19 The Great Recession All Over Again?
Mar 27 • 28 min
In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Bill Brandt, founder of DSI Civic, a financial restructuring firm. Brandt, who for 35 years has helped handle workouts, turnarounds and restructurings for nearly 40 law firms, talks about the comparisons and…
How We’re Surviving as a Shut-In Workforce: ‘Know Where Your Mute Button Is’ and Be Patient
Mar 20 • 29 min
On this week’s podcast, we check in with three lawyers to ask how they’re coping with remote work in the age of COVID-19. Hear from Facebook deputy GC Paul Grewal, Orrick partner Kelsi Corkran and Stroock partner Kim Pagotto about the challenges, from…
Pressure’s On: Big Law Targeted by Student Activists
Mar 13 • 29 min
In this episode, we explore law student activism and how future attorneys attending law schools at Harvard, Yale, New York University and elsewhere are using their leverage to protest some of Big Law’s policies and practices. We also dive…
Cancellations, Crisis Planning and Clorox: COVID-19 Strikes Legal Community
Mar 6 • 25 min
The coronavirus has upended legal operations at law firms, in-house departments and law schools in the U.S. and abroad. In this episode, you’ll hear from journaiists who are closely covering how the legal industry is coping with…
Once Optimistic, Addicted in the End: What We Can Learn from One Partner’s Demise
Feb 28 • 24 min
Eilene Zimmerman, a journalist and the ex-wife of a Wilson Sonsini partner who died of a drug overdose about five years ago, talks to Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of affiliate The American Lawyer, about what Zimmerman uncovered regarding…
Explain It to Me Like I’m an 8-Year-Old, Counselor!
Feb 21 • 34 min
Is being a lawyer hard? What happens if a bad client wants to hire you? Why do lawyers keep secrets? On this week’s podcast, we put law firm partners to the test of answering questions from the toughest examiners we could find—kids! On the hot seat…
‘I Knew What Life Was Like’: How This Managing Partner Thrived Amid the Whiteness of Big Law
Feb 14 • 29 min
This week’s episode is the first in a series from The Careerist Vivia Chen focused on the shortage of African American lawyers, especially in Big Law, where only about 2 percent of partners are black. She talks with Frederick Nance,…
Tips, Tools and Biggest Bummers: What Lawyers Really Think About the State of Legal Tech
Feb 7 • 19 min
The Legal Speak team pulled aside several speakers at Legalweek 2020 to ask what tech tools make their lives easier, what technologies are over-hyped, and what they’re doing to transform the organizations they work for. You’ll hear from Daryl…
Beyond Borders: What Lawyers Need to Know About the Global Legal Market
Jan 31 • 27 min
This week, we’re globe-trotting, as we look at the key international issues affecting the business of law. In conjunction with the launch of our new website, International, Lisa Shuchman, senior editor of the site, takes us around the world…
‘It Was a Constant, Daily Stressor’: This Law Grad Got $221K in Student Loans Wiped Out. Who’s Next?
Jan 24 • 38 min
Kevin Rosenberg, a 2004 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, who recently convinced the New York’s chief bankruptcy judge in the Southern District to discharge more than $200,000 he was carrying in student loan debt, talks with…
‘Big Law Loves Litigation Financing’: Legalist’s GC Breaks It Down
Jan 17 • 22 min
In this week’s Legal Speak podcast from, host Vanessa Blum talks with Curtis Smolar, general counsel of litigation finance startup Legalist. Smolar, an experienced litigator, discusses his transition from a major law firm to a scrappy startup…
Tear Down the Window-Dressing: Big Law Policies That Actually Support Women
Jan 10 • 31 min
We take a close look at the culmination of factors that drive women attorneys out of Big Law and—importantly—how to stem the exodus. reporter Dylan Jackson talks with Michelle Browning Coughlin, a partner at Wyatt Tarrant & Combs who…
All Things Re-Considered: Hot Legal Topics in 2019
Dec 20, 2019 • 32 min
As 2019 comes to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of our standout episodes during the past year. Among the topics were mental health challenges within law firms, including with staff. We also looked at Big Law defections to boutiques,…
OK, Boomer. Here’s What You Need To Know About Legal Tech Trends
Dec 13, 2019 • 26 min
Time waits for no one. So in this episode we’re exploring changes in legal tech that developed this year and what we can expect in 2020. Zach Warren, editor-in-chief of affiliate Legaltech News, talks with James McKenna, chief information…
All The President’s Judges: The Impact of Trump’s Record-Setting Appointments
Dec 6, 2019 • 21 min
This week we’re focused on the historically high number of judges appointed to the federal bench by President Trump. As of late November, the Senate had confirmed a total of 48 of Trump’s nominations to the federal appeals courts, more than any…
Bonus Episode: ‘The Butterfly Effect’ of Building Lawyer Resilience
Nov 27, 2019 • 24 min
Adam Markel, a former practicing lawyer who now writes and speaks about mental health fitness, talks with Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of affiliate The American Lawyer, about making small life changes to achieve self-care in the demanding…
Failures and Flameouts: Why Law Firms Collapse
Nov 22, 2019 • 19 min
The bankruptcy of LeClairRyan in September presents the common tale of a once-thriving law firm that ends up in ruin. A firm that in its heyday had $163 million in gross revenue, LeClairRyan joins the heap of other Big Law failures. To explore the…
This Big-Law Veteran Hit Rock Bottom. Here’s How She Got Sober.
Nov 15, 2019 • 28 min
This week, Lisa Smith, a former associate at Shearman & Sterling who later worked in business development for Pillsbury Winthrop and Patterson Belknap, talks with Gina Passarella, editor-in-chief of affiliate The…
Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Life After Law Firm Leadership
Nov 8, 2019 • 20 min
This week, we’re exploring what comes next for law firm leaders at the end of their tenure. reporter Patrick Smith talks with Terry Pritchard, a partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, whose term as co-chair of the firm will end this year….
Mega Firm’s #MeToo Mess: How DLA Piper Is Handling a Sexual Assault Scandal
Nov 1, 2019 • 25 min
DLA Piper has come out swinging against allegations of sexual misconduct from a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. But the strategy has its risks. On this episode, reporter Dan Packel explains what’s been happening since DLA…
Boots to Suits: The Path from JAG Corps to Big Law and Beyond
Oct 25, 2019 • 34 min
This week, we’re taking a look at the sometimes rocky transition for military lawyers who want to go into private practice. You’ll hear from reporter Karen Sloan who talks with three attorneys about making the…
5 Tips for Working With Men and More Career Insight from Women Lawyers
Oct 18, 2019 • 34 min
In this episode, we’ve got great advice for women—and men—on how to find success and satisfaction as a lawyer. Podcasting from ALM’s Women, Influence and Power in Law conference in Washington, D.C., we asked five accomplished women lawyers an…
What (and Who) to Watch at SCOTUS: Unpacking the New Term With Mayer Brown’s Nicole Saharsky
Oct 11, 2019 • 21 min Supreme Court correspondent Marcia Coyle chats with Mayer Brown partner Nicole Saharsky about the big cases teed up on the Supreme Court’s 2019-2020 docket. With a simmering impeachment investigation and a looming presidential election, the…
Stressed Out, Left Out: Law Firm Staff Suffering in Silence
Oct 4, 2019 • 30 min
As part of our Minds Over Matters project, reporter Dylan Jackson interviews three industry pros who talk about how legal professionals, including marketing directors, business developers and law firm administrators, often feel…
What Bugs In-House Lawyers About Outside Counsel? Here’s What They Said—And More.
Sep 27, 2019 • 20 min
In this episode, we’re podcasting from the General Counsel Conference in Midtown New York. The event is where hundreds of in-house lawyers and other legal pros gather to focus on trends in the profession. In the midst of the conference, hosted…
More Grit, Less ‘Polish.’ What It Means to Be a First Generation Lawyer
Sep 20, 2019 • 29 min
The legal industry has been confronting its diversity problems lately. But the identity of the first generation lawyer can sometimes be overlooked. On today’s program, we hear from Traci Martinez, a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, and Ciarra Carr, an…
Inside Quinn Emanuel’s Plan to Dominate Cannabis Litigation
Sep 13, 2019 • 24 min
Litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan announced its launch of a dedicated cannabis practice in August. On this Legal Speak episode, Quinn partner Robert Becher speaks with reporter Patrick Smith about the firm’s…
Steven Brill on ‘Disdain, Horror’ and Other Adventures in 40 Years of The American Lawyer
Sep 6, 2019 • 35 min
As The American Lawyer, an affiliate of, turns 40 years old this year, we take a look at the publication’s impact on the legal profession—especially Big Law—since the magazine’s debut in 1979. In this episode, Steven Brill, the founder…
Bonus Episode: Forget Reefer Madness, Pot Law Goes Mainstream
Sep 5, 2019 • 15 min
Specializing in cannabis law was once viewed as a controversial career move for an attorney. But the demands of existing clients and the lure of new business opportunities have overtaken any remaining taboo around…
Lawyer Resilience in a Pressure-Cooker Profession. It’s (Probably) Not What You Think.
Aug 16, 2019 • 35 min
In this week’s episode, we explore the idea of lawyer resilience. Adam Markel, a practicing lawyer for 18 years on the East Coast and now the author of “Pivot: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life,” talks with…
Good-Bye Big Law, Hello Boutiques. Why These Young Lawyers Are Sold on Smaller Firm Careers
Aug 9, 2019 • 27 min
Big Law is making strides in trying to improve the experience for young lawyers who are demanding a better work-life balance. But for some lawyers, there is no substitute for practicing in a boutique firm, where they say the quality of the work,…
‘Partners in Life’: How Manatt CEO Donna Wilson and Blank Rome’s Linda Kornfeld Make It Work
Aug 2, 2019 • 28 min
Donna Wilson and Linda Kornfeld are a Big Law power couple—engaged to be married, raising a teenage daughter and thriving in their respective careers. In this Legal Speak podcast, the pair talks with reporter and editor Lizzy McLellan…
Ready to Ride the Litigation Finance Wave? More Lawyers and Clients Say ‘Yes’ to Funding
Jul 26, 2019 • 26 min
Litigation funding is having a moment. So what does the growing use of outside funding mean for law firms, clients and the court system? On this Legal Speak podcast, reporter Dan Packel breaks down the nuts and bolts of litigation…
Jerk Partners Beget Jerk Partners: Ending Big Law’s Cycle of Dysfunction
Jul 19, 2019 • 28 min
Are you a jerk partner? If so, we’re betting there’s a supervising attorney in your past whom you’re channeling. In today’s episode, we’re focused on the cycle of dysfunction in which terrible-boss behavior is passed down from generation to…
What David Lat Learned about Big Law—and Himself—at Above the Law
Jul 12, 2019 • 19 min
Above the Law, the blog that launched in 2006, has served as a font of cynicism about the legal profession from its inception. But founder David Lat has this to say about the current state of Big Law life: It’s gotten better. In this week’s Legal…
What the NLJ 500 Tells Us About Law Firm Hiring, Diversity and Competition
Jun 28, 2019 • 19 min
What’s the fastest growing segment of lawyers? How are law firm mergers changing the map? And who’s leading the way on gender diversity? On this Legal Speak episode, we break down the , which ranks the largest U.S. law firms by headcount….
Bonus Episode: Spotlight on the Supreme Court’s Big Census Ruling
Jun 27, 2019 • 8 min’s Tony Mauro and Marcia Coyle, veteran reporters covering the U.S. Supreme Court, sit down for a brief chat about the justices’ decisions June 27 in the census and partisan gerrymandering cases. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. played a pivotal…
Talking SCOTUS With Paul Weiss Partner Kannon Shanmugam. What to Watch as 2018-19 Term Wraps Up
Jun 21, 2019 • 28 min
On this Legal Speak episode, Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro and attorney Kannon Shanmugam break down the big developments at the Supreme Court during its recent term. Shanmugam, a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison…
‘We’re All Individuals!’ Big-Law Branding in a Cookie-Cutter World
Jun 14, 2019 • 22 min
How does one big law firm distinguish itself from the rest? Branding pro Siobhan Burns at Clarity in New York has worked with some of the biggest in Big Law to help create brands that convey individuality, in an industry rife with look-alikes. Legal…
Can You Hear the ‘Heels of Justice’? This In-House Duo Is Turning Up the Volume.
Jun 7, 2019 • 26 min
On this Legal Speak episode, in-house lawyers Katherine Minarik and Sarita Venkat talk about their podcast, ‘Heels of Justice,” where they spotlight the stories of trailblazing women lawyers. Minarik is chief administrative officer and global GC of…
The Law Firm Generation Gap: A Millennial and a Baby Boomer Talk It Out
May 31, 2019 • 32 min
We asked a lawyer six years out of law school and a veteran litigator to share their perspectives on billable hours, work-life balance, professional development and what gets in the way of constructive mentoring between partners and associates….
Big Law’s Nemesis: Meet the Lawyer Who’s Driving a Gender Reckoning
May 24, 2019 • 22 min
David Sanford, who has brought gender bias cases against major firms on behalf of women partners, talks with The Careerist Vivia Chen about leveling the playing field in Big Law and the changes necessary to make it happen. Legal Speak is brought…
Tips from the Top: 8 GCs Share How to Get Ahead
May 17, 2019 • 23 min
It’s an exciting time to work as an in-house lawyer. But if that’s your goal, how do you set yourself up for success? In the final podcast of our GC Speak series, reporter Caroline Spiezio asked eight veteran GCs to share their advice…
Confronting the Mental Health Crisis in the Legal Profession
May 10, 2019 • 17 min’s Minds Over Matters project seeks to shed light on the mental health challenges in the legal profession. In this episode of Legal Speak, you’ll hear from journalists who have covered news involving lawyers suffering from mental…
A Big Law Cannabis Partner on Ethics, Clients and What It Takes to Build a Practice
May 3, 2019 • 21 min
On this Legal Speak episode, Fox Rothschild partner Joshua Horn talks with reporter Cheryl Miller about what it’s like to launch a cannabis practice and how he keeps up with constantly shifting regulations. Legal Speak is brought to you by ,…
Big Law’s Worst-Kept Secret: Discounts
Apr 26, 2019 • 19 min
Reductions to the sticker price of legal services—whether taken off at the outset of an engagement or as write-downs when it comes time to collect the bill—end up costing Am Law 100 firms some $4.4 billion per year.
Get Ready to Rumble When Crisis Strikes Your Law Firm
Apr 19, 2019 • 20 min
In this week’s podcast, Mike France, a former Big Law attorney-turned-partner at advisory firm Brunswick Group, talks about the fight—yes, fight—that he says law firms need to prepare for when reporters come calling.
What Do GCs Really Want? Here’s What They Say.
Apr 12, 2019 • 21 min reporter Caroline Spiezio talks to former in-house leaders at top companies who are candid about what law firms need to do for their clients.
From Big-Law Practice to TV Justice: Tanya Acker’s Path
Apr 5, 2019 • 24 min
A 1995 Yale Law School graduate, Acker was a litigator at a number of major law firms, but these days she’s a judge on Hot Bench, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin.
‘Witness to History’: A Federal Judge on Growing Up White in the Segregated South
Mar 29, 2019 • 32 min
William Alsup was born in Jackson, Mississippi and came of age during an era when segregation was accepted by most whites. Today he’s a federal judge in San Francisco. In this Legal Speak episode, Alsup, 73, describes the evolution of his views on…
Ex-Big Law CMO Wants Law Firms to Shake Up Their Marketing
Mar 22, 2019 • 18 min
What separates a successful communications strategy from a forgettable one? Who should law firms have in mind when they craft their messaging? How can struggling partners win and keep clients? On this Legal Speak episode, Deborah Farone, the…
JD, Meh! Here’s What It Really Takes to Make It as a GC
Mar 15, 2019 • 23 min
Being an effective GC requires more than being a skilled lawyer. It takes business savvy.
Big Law Associate Hiring is Static—And That’s a Good Thing
Mar 6, 2019 • 24 min
In this week’s podcast, we hear from legal education editor Karen Sloan about some surprises—and some market stability—gleaned from this year’s Go-To Law Schools report, including changes to traditional on-campus interviewing.
A Year in the Life of a Law Firm Mega Merger
Mar 1, 2019 • 27 min
It’s been one year since partners at U.S.-based Bryan Cave and London-based Berwin Leighton Paisner voted to combine, creating a firm with more than 1400 lawyers and offices across the globe. On the first day of the combination, there were balloons,…
GCs in Crisis! It’s Never Quite What You Planned For
Feb 22, 2019 • 27 min
For Episode 2 of our GC Speak series, reporter Caroline Spiezio interviews former GCs about the biggest crises of their in-house careers. Stasia Kelly, former GC of AIG, looks back on the global financial meltdown. Greg Riggs, former GC of…
‘All of You Naysayers Were Wrong:’ An Associate with Autism Tells Her Story
Feb 15, 2019 • 22 min
In this episode, reporter Dylan Jackson talks with Florida lawyer Haley Moss about how she’s managing her workload as a new associate and defying assumptions about autism.
Did You Always Want to be a GC? No, No, No and No.
Feb 8, 2019 • 42 min
These lawyers didn’t expect their careers to go the in-house route. Turns out, it was a good fit.
Move Over Big Law. It’s Time for an ‘Alternative.’
Feb 1, 2019 • 29 min
This week, we explore how the $10.7 billion alternative legal services provider industry is disrupting the traditional client-law firm dynamic.
Bonus Episode: On the Scene at #Legalweek19
Jan 31, 2019 • 23 min
Join the hosts of Legal Speak for interviews on the new technologies and legal service innovations making waves at Legalweek New York. Brian Kuhn, global leader of IBM’s Watson Legal, shares a perspective on the potential of artificial…
‘Treat Yourself Like a Client’ … and Other Stress-Free Fitness Tips for Lawyers
Jan 25, 2019 • 22 min
Between billable hours, responding to clients and long days of desk work, a legal career can make it hard to prioritize health and exercise. So what’s the key to balancing work and fitness goals? On this episode, we bring that question to…
Shutdown Meltdown: What It Means for Law Firms and the Courts
Jan 18, 2019 • 24 min
The current shutdown is more severe than past standoffs and fallout across the legal industry is about to get worse.
The Modern Law Office: Can You Handle It?
Jan 11, 2019 • 36 min
This week we dive into the decision-making and planning required when law firms leave behind traditional office workspaces and redesign for more collaborative environments.
How I Learned ‘Basically Everything’: Top Lawyers Give Props to Their Mentors
Dec 21, 2018 • 67 min
Lawyers in Big Law, small law, corporate legal departments and academia talk about the people who shaped their careers. You’ll hear about the advice that serves as a guidepost for Uber GC Tony West, the career curves that landed Noreen Krall her…
The Big Four Are Coming for Your Clients
Dec 14, 2018 • 21 min
The Big Four accounting firms are pushing into legal services but how big a threat do they pose—really—to law firms? In this episode, reporter Dan Packel asks ALM Legal Intelligence analyst Nicholas Bruch to explain the type of legal work…
Diversity Officers Move into the Big Law C-Suite
Dec 7, 2018 • 29 min
Sandra Bang’s new role at Shearman & Sterling is part of a trend in which large law firms are giving diversity officers a seat at the leadership table.
Ted Boutrous, CNN’s Champion, Is Fired Up
Nov 30, 2018 • 28 min
Fresh off his court win for CNN reporter Jim Acosta, Gibson Dunn partner Theodore Boutrous Jr. talks about confronting President Trump, defending press freedom and balancing a busy practice. Legal Speak is brought to you by , offering…
Orrick Chair Mitch Zuklie on Law Firm Skunkworks, Talent Wars and What’s Ahead
Nov 21, 2018 • 16 min
It’s been five years since Mitch Zuklie took the helm at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. What’s surprised him most, he says, is the pace of change. On this week’s podcast, Zuklie talks about Orrick’s strategy, its approach to innovation,…
‘Inhumane:’ Big Law Dysfunction Through a Therapist’s Lens
Nov 16, 2018 • 29 min
What factors drive high-achieving lawyers to the take their own lives, what needs to change inside law firms to address the problem? Sullivan & Cromwell associate-turned-therapist Will Meyerhofer provides his insight.
Judges Talk About Their Toughest Cases
Nov 9, 2018 • 31 min
D.C. Superior Court Judges Russell Canan, Gregory Mize, and Frederick Weisberg discuss the heartbreaking court cases and difficult decisions that motivated them to compile the book . San Francisco bureau chief Ross Todd speaks…
Don’t Delay! Here’s How to Take Control of Your Legal Career
Nov 2, 2018 • 31 min
Ex-Skadden lawyer-turned-consultant Jay Harrington provides pointers to set associates’ careers on the path to success. Caveat: Patience required.
Will an Ex-Big Law Associate Bring Legal Tech to Its Tipping Point?
Oct 26, 2018 • 31 min
If a dozen elite law firms are correct, Reynen Court could be a game changer that enables the widespread and seamless adoption of legal technology. Reporter Roy Strom talks to founder Andrew Klein about his big idea and his unconventional career…
Attention Law Firms: This GC Wants to Transport You to the Future
Oct 19, 2018 • 19 min
Orix USA general counsel Ron Barger wants outside counsel to help him “see around the corners,” and central to making that happen, he says, is technology.
One Big Law Attorney’s Journey with Depression, One Firm’s Response to the Profession’s Problem
Oct 12, 2018 • 31 min
Baker Hostetler lawyer Lynn Garson talks with columnist Patrick Krill about building a successful career while managing depression. In Part 2, LeeAnn Black of Latham & Watkins discusses what her firm is doing to dispel the stigma of…
From Federal Judge to Private Practice: Why This Debevoise Partner Left His Ultimate Dream Job
Oct 5, 2018 • 26 min
Litigation Daily editor-in-chief Jenna Greene talks with Debevoise & Plimpton partner John Gleeson about his decision to leave the bench after 22 years as a federal judge in the Eastern District of New York. Gleeson reflects on judicial…
Beyond the Buzzwords: Getting Real About Law Firm Innovation
Sep 28, 2018 • 22 min senior reporter Karen Sloan talks with Michele DeStefano, author of “Legal Upheaval: A Guide to Creativity, Collaboration, and Innovation in Law,” about the tangible, lasting and meaningful ways in which the law firms need to…
Post Quinn Emanuel Split, Faith Gay Dishes on Boutique Ambitions
Sep 21, 2018 • 25 min
The Careerist Vivia Chen talks with the Selendy & Gay partner as part of a podcast series focused on the successes and struggles of prominent women lawyers.
Paul Clement Is Stoked for Brett Kavanaugh and the Term Ahead
Sep 14, 2018 • 22 min
Former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement speaks with’s Marcia Coyle about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the upcoming term.
Are Wall Street Law Firms Losing the Talent War?
Aug 24, 2018 • 15 min
The small group of just 15 firms historically has attracted all the very best talent. But that’s changing.
Better Law Jobs! Higher Pay! Smarter Students! What’s Not to Love?
Aug 17, 2018 • 24 min senior reporter Karen Sloan and AccessLex Institute president Chris Chapman explore the impact of better J.D. employment stats, rising salaries and brighter law school applicants.
Think Like a Waiter … and Other Tips for Making It in Big Law
Aug 10, 2018 • 19 min
Legal recruiter Richard Hsu, host of the podcast , shares his takeaways for getting hired, finding mentors and handling rejection.
Why This Quinn Emanuel Litigator (and His Corporate Clients) Are Fighting for LGBT Workers
Aug 3, 2018 • 22 min reporter Erin Mulvaney talks to New York attorney Todd Anten about the movement to secure workplace protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. While the movement for marriage equality captured the public’s attention…
The Double-Barreled Bias Against Black Women Lawyers
Jul 27, 2018 • 30 min
The Careerist Vivia Chen talks Michele Coleman Mayes, an African American leader in the legal profession, where less than 1 percent of partners in major law firms are black women.
Is Your Law Firm Making You Flabby? Now Hear This.
Jul 20, 2018 • 24 min
Even small changes in daily routines lead to better health. And when that happens, lawyers—and their firms—reap the benefits.
Oyez! A Former SG Dishes on Kavanaugh, Kennedy and a Changing Court
Jul 13, 2018 • 22 min
The U.S. Supreme Court term that ended in late June was supposed to be momentous. And it was … just not precisely in the way that court watchers had anticipated. On this week’s Legal Speak podcast, chief Washington correspondent Marcia Coyle…
Watch Your Back, Counselor! It’s the Law Firm Threatdown
Jul 6, 2018 • 25 min
If you run a law firm—or hope to build a lasting career at one—navigating the uber-competitive legal market feels something like crossing the road in a game of Frogger, and you’re the frog. International accounting firms are edging onto your…