Movers, Shakers & Rainmakers, hosted by David Lat and Lateral Link Managing Director, Zach Sandberg, is a podcast focused on the Biglaw lateral market. Each week, our hosts dissect some of the most significant recent lateral partner and associate moves, discuss important trends in the legal market, interview prominent legal industry leaders, and provide listeners with the news they need to know about the ever-changing ecosystem of the legal world.
Lindsay Hutner, Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Employment Litigation & Trials Group
Lindsay discusses how being herself has helped her achieve success in her legal career, what she looks for when building her team at Greenberg, the challenges that she faces with the ever-changing employment laws of California, and what advice she would give younger associates that are trying to come up in the ranks. For their notable moves, David and Zach highlight litigation additions by Boies Schiller Flexner and King & Spalding. Listen Here
2022 Legal Market Roundup (2023 Preview)
Our hosts dissect the 2022 legal market, discuss how firms are reacting to economic uncertainty, what to expect on end-of-year bonuses, and why there is still optimism that the lateral market will be able to withstand a potential recession. For their moves of the week, David and Zach highlight high-profile hires by Perkins Coie in New York and Venable in Miami. Listen Here
Caleb Vesey, Corporate Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Caleb discussed Willkie’s recent growth, especially in the California market, and what factors are attracting young associates to the firm. Caleb also chronicled his legal journey to partnership at Willkie, what drove him to move from New York to Los Angeles, and what advice he would give associates trying to make partner. For their moves of the week, David and Zach highlighted significant additions made by Paul Weiss and Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Listen Here
Laura Zagar, Office Managing Partner, Perkins Coie
Laura discusses trends in the energy- and environmental-law spaces and the trajectory of her own career, including how she entered energy law and how she took on the role of Office Managing Partner. She and our hosts then talk about what Biglaw is doing wrong when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion—and how it can do better—along with strategies that have worked for Perkins Coie. For their moves of the week, Zach stays in the energy space and discusses a notable hire by O’Melveny in D.C., while David highlights a white-collar addition by Weil Gotshal in New York. Listen Here
Christopher D. Ahn, Corporate Partner, Proskauer
Chris chronicles his journey to making partner, his transition into serving as General Counsel for the esteemed fashion label James Perse, and his ultimate return to the partnership ranks at Proskauer. Chris also discusses what he believes the future will hold for corporate deal flow and why the team at Proskauer will remain a force to be reckoned with in the Los Angeles market. In keeping with tradition, Zach breaks down Loeb & Loeb’s addition of Christopher Ott, a Cybersecurity and Privacy Litigation partner, to their D.C. office. Listen Here
Explaining The Various Law Firm Rankings
If you’re in the world of Biglaw, odds are you’ve come across various law firm rankings, including the Vault 100, Am Law 100, Global 100, Legal 500, and Chambers rankings. What are the differences between all these different rankings? What are their uses—and their limitations? How do firms move up or down on these lists? As an attorney, what should you consider when looking at these rankings? Our hosts explain all this and much more in this week’s episode of Movers, Shakers & Rainmakers. Also, Zach breaks down a notable hire from the in-house world by Latham & Watkins, while David talks about a leading litigator jumping from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP to King & Spalding. Listen Here
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