Influential Lawyers’ List Favors DC
Greta, McLucas Miss the Cut
The DC denizens include familiar power players: Robert Barnett and Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly; Robert Bennett of Skadden Arps; Richard Wiley of Wiley Rein & Fielding; Thomas Hale Boggs Jr. of Patton Boggs.
But it also contained some surprises, notably Kimberley Moore, a 37-year-old patent-law professor at George Mason’s law school, and Charles Swift, a military lawyer in Arlington.
The list ruffled the feathers of a few Washington practitioners left off. One noted that it was interesting that Swift got named but powerful Solicitor General Paul Clement did not.
Securities and Exchange Commission expert Deborah Garza of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson made the cut, but the list left off two of the world’s most sought-after corporate attorneys: Ralph Ferrara and William McLucas.
“Influence” can be measured in many ways, but how can you ignore a lawyer who speaks out every night on Fox News to nearly a million viewers, especially when most Washington lawyers are fighting for a sound bite whenever they can get it?
Nonetheless, television lawyer Greta Van Susteren’s name did not make NLJ’s list. Selection-committee members must be CNN fans.