fivehundred magazine | March/April 2020

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This month we profile the practices and management responsibilities of four of nine Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Management Committee – all women; three from minority backgrounds – and ask about their experiences as women in the legal profession. Elsewhere, Morgan Lewis’ Jami McKeon shares her thoughts on leadership; Ann K. Ford speaks about creating a global competitive edge at DLA Piper US; Selendy & Gay’s Jennifer Selendy talks about creating a culture of excellence; we learn how Weil has transformed its approach to diversity in client pitch activity, plus much, much more.

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Finding your ‘belonging’ in law

Female role models: spotlight on Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Management Committee

Female role models: spotlight on Norton Rose Fulbright’s US Management Committee

Inside this Edition

Diversity and inclusion shouldn’t take a back seat during the pandemic

Covid-19 is an opportunity for law firms to examine ways of being more inclusive, especially for those employees who may be dealing with significantly more challenges, say Linklaters’ David Martin, Daniel Danso, and Neha Rao

Out with the old, in with the New Delhi labour reforms?

William Farrington considers the high-stakes changes and ongoing debates consuming India’s labour market

Covid-19 may have awoken a sleeping bear

Nelson Mullins’ Bart Daniel and Elle Klein warn coronavirus labs to beware potential fraud prosecutions under new federal laws

Pain and gain in pharma litigation

As vice president in charge of portfolio planning and IP litigation at Sun Pharmaceuticals, India’s largest pharma company and the largest Indian pharma company operating in the US, Bharati Nadkarni has been behind some of the biggest pharma cases in recent times. fivehundred catches up with her about developments facing lawyers in the pharma sector 

Olga Belyakova and Eva Talmacsi: Be brave and stay curious

The co-heads of CEE TMT at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang talk about the key issues facing their clients, the firm’s ambitions for the region, and how to balance a successful team

The business of patents

Dr Dana Ferchland talks to Louis W. Beardell, Jr, Dion Bregman, and Eric Kraeutler about Morgan Lewis Bockius’ growing patent practice, recent market trends, and the rise of ‘big data’ to drive patenting strategies and transactions

Javier Menor: Some of our own lawyers don’t realise the strength of our brand

Baker McKenzie’s managing partner in Barcelona on seeking balance between fee-earning and management, the external and internal perception of the firm, and the importance of having the right D&I initiatives in place

Move watch: Spotlight on Scott Wilson, DLA Piper

Scott Wilson joined DLA Piper’s litigation practice as a partner in the New York office in December 2019. In the following interview, Helen Donegan, US editor (content), speaks with Scott about this move and his reasons for joining DLA Piper, and he shares some insights into his practice 

Charles Yi: Too much is never enough

With experience in both in-house and private practice, Arnold & Porter’s Charles Yi talks to Helen Donegan, US editor for content, on diversity in the US government and the legal profession

Are there any decisions which AI should never take?

Fountain Court’s Jacob Turner considers the ethical and regulatory issues surrounding the rise of artificial intelligence

Michael Gerstenzang: Insights from Cleary’s ‘Listener-in-Chief’

Cleary Gottlieb’s managing partner speaks with Helen Donegan, US editor (content), about his role as ‘Listener-in-Chief’, law firms as a talent business, and plans for Cleary Gottlieb upcoming 75th anniversary in 2021

A changing approach to leadership at the Bar

Barristers are demanding more from their leaders and what they can deliver their chambers, says Nick Rees, managing director of GRL Legal 

Jerry Koh: We need to prepare our lawyers for the future

Allen & Gledhill’s joint managing partner on juggling fee-earning with management, the impact of technology on conventional markets, and the lessons learnt from the Covid-19 pandemic

What international law firms can learn from Asia Pacific’s response to Covid-19

Kudun & Partners shares its experience of adapting to remote working, social distancing, and other business challenges in the face of the coronavirus pandemic

Top tips on working through the coronavirus pandemic

Members of Falcon Chambers provide property practitioners with best practice advice for business continuity during the lockdown