With guest Jonathan Young, Partner at Locke Lord

Jonathan Young, Locke Lord, on Legalist’s Rainmaker
Jonathan Young, Locke Lord, on Legalist’s Rainmaker

Jonathan Young is a partner at Locke Lord with 30 years of experience in commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters. As Co-Chair of Locke Lord’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Insolvency Practice Group, Jonathan regularly advises investors, lenders, directors, equity sponsors and portfolio companies in connection with their rights and obligations relative to financial distress, insolvency and bankruptcy situations. He also advises trustees, receivers and other fiduciaries charged with reorganizing, restructuring or liquidating financially distressed entities. Since 2013, Jonathan has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in the field of Restructuring and Insolvency.

Jonathan joins the podcast to talk about how he managed his book of business as he moved from Chicago to Boston, and why associates eyeing partnerships should aim to work broadly within the firm. …


With guest Hon. Jeremy D. Fogel (ret.)

Judge Fogel joins Legalist
Judge Fogel joins Legalist

Judge Fogel’s judicial career started in 1981 when he was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown to the municipal Court of Santa Clara County. After over 15 years in the state courts, Judge Fogel became a federal court judge after he was nominated by President Bill Clinton in 1997 to fill a vacant seat on the US Court for the Northern District of California. After retiring from the bench in 2011, Judge Fogel served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center, running education programs for federal judges across the country. Since 2018, Judge Fogel has been the Executive Director of the Berkeley Judicial Institute at UC Berkeley Law School. …


Article by: Curtis Smolar & Robbie Li

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It’s become an industry consensus that disruptions of Covid-19 will cause numerous contract disputes. Law firms have put up Covid resource webpages demonstrating their expertise on contract matters; litigation funders are seeing a surge in funding applications regarding contract disputes; and on a personal level, most attorneys know someone working around the clock to advise clients on contract matters.

Lawyers can bring much more value to their clients than simply initiating or fending off contract disputes. It’s time that commercial attorneys leverage their expertise to proactively help clients review contracts that are not immediately at risk, smooth out business relationships strained by contract disputes, and plan for the long-term costs of Covid-induced contract disruptions. …


With guest Deborah Crabbe, Partner at Foster Garvey

Deborah Crabbe, Foster Garvey
Deborah Crabbe, Foster Garvey

Deborah Crabbe is a partner at Foster Garvey with over 25 years of experience in bankruptcy litigation and insolvency matters. She focuses on representing creditors in all aspects of secured transactions, receiverships, bankruptcies and workout proceedings. In the highly regarded Chambers USA legal directory, Deborah is “lauded for her strong creditor-focused practice and is identified as ‘a very good insolvency lawyer.’” She is a trustee of the American Bankruptcy Institute, and has served on a number of committees, including being former co-chair of the Business Reorganization Committee.

Deborah joins the podcast to talk about finding her niche in bankruptcy matters and sheds light on client development practices she has personally found effective. …


With guest Reid Page, Partner at Kutak Rock

Reid Page, Kutak Rock
Reid Page, Kutak Rock

Reid Page is a partner at Kutak Rock with 20 years of commercial litigation experience. Reid represents clients in complex business disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He often litigates disputes and provides guidance to clients in the investment banking, private equity, financial services, and oil and gas industries. Reid has been recognized in Colorado as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star 2009–2015, and was named a “Compleat Lawyer” by Law Week Colorado.

Reid joins the podcast to talk about shaking off the sense of entitlement and obsession with billing time as an associate.

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With guest Erik Weibust, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw

Erik Weibust, Rainmaker partner at Seyfarth Shaw
Erik Weibust, Rainmaker partner at Seyfarth Shaw

Erik Weibust is a partner at Seyfarth Shaw with 15 years of commercial litigation experience. Erik co-chairs Seyfarth’s Litigation department at the Boston office, and is known for his trade secret and restrictive covenant practice. Erik regularly publishes articles and speaks locally and nationally about trade secret and restrictive covenant law, and he has been quoted on these topics in publications such as the Washington Post and Law360. …


Legalist CEO Eva Shang issues statement calling on the legal community to prioritize taking on change-catalyzing legal cases.

Legalist stands with the BLM movement
Legalist stands with the BLM movement

On Memorial Day, a police officer in Minneapolis killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, whose death has touched off the largest round of protests the country has seen in decades, as well as demonstrations around the world. As the country grapples with the senseless murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, communities of color have renewed their calls to address police brutality, discrimination, and systemic racism that burdens Black and Latino communities.

Since 2013, the Black Lives Matter movement has made police violence a pressing national and local issue. Attorneys, litigation funders, and the legal community must similarly prioritize the work of taking on change-catalyzing legal cases. In 2018, I issued a public ask in Forbes for cases challenging police abuses. Since the inception of its first fund in 2017, Legalist has prioritized funding for cases challenging police brutality, prison conditions and practices, and workplace discrimination. …


remote work for lawyers
remote work for lawyers

How are law firms dealing with the impact of coronavirus? Will COVID-19 shape the future of law? Here are some perspectives from BigLaw partners.

For lawyers across America, the past few months invoke familiar challenges of the 2008 financial crisis. As the economy flounders in the face of COVID-19, many law firms are cutting pay, reducing hours, and furloughing employees. Coronavirus is shaking the legal world.

Leveraging its broad network, Legalist surveyed partners at AmLaw 100 firms. They shared how their firms are responding to COVID-19 and highlighted industry trends that are developing amid the crisis.

At present, big law firms are strengthening client communications and cybersecurity preparedness as responses to the current challenge. Looking forward, it is likely that extended periods of court closure and remote work will have a long-lasting impact on the legal industry. …


With guest Lloyd Lim, Partner at Reed Smith

Lloyd Lim, Rainmaker, Reed Smith
Lloyd Lim, Rainmaker, Reed Smith

Lloyd Lim is a partner at Reed Smith with over 15 years of litigation experience. A member of the firm’s Financial Industry Group, Lloyd has substantial experience representing traditional and nontraditional secured lenders, landlords, post-petition lenders, asset purchasers, chapter 7 trustees, bond holders, general unsecured creditors, and unsecured creditors’ committees. His practice is primarily focused on complex chapter 11 cases; however, he has experience in all areas of bankruptcy law, including mid-market chapter 11 cases and chapter 7 cases. …


With guest James Berger, Partner at King & Spalding

James Berger, Partner at King & Spalding, on Rainmaker podcast
James Berger, Partner at King & Spalding, on Rainmaker podcast

James Berger is a partner at King & Spalding with over 25 years of experience in law. James specializes in international disputes, particularly cross-border and multi-jurisdictional proceedings. A partner in the firm’s Global Disputes practice, James represents clients in a broad range of international and domestic commercial conflicts. James has substantial experience in litigating matters under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Convention on Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, and other statutes and legal regimes that apply in cross-border proceedings.

James joins the podcast to share how he turned a random case assignment into a specialized career in international disputes. …

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