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The Winning Ticket

Fran and Susan Hoffinger stick together in all kinds of weather

“We always got along,” Fran Hoffinger says about her sister Susan. “I don’t think we ever argued.”  Now they argue all the time—just not with each other. The pair run The Hoffinger Firm, which focuses on criminal defense. “The success of a small law firm like the Hoffingers’ relies on collegiality,” says tax controversy attorney Ellis Reemer, who has assisted both Fran and Susan in tax-related cases. “Having family members who are there for one another is especially …


How Marshall Huebner helped rescue the economy

“When you’re the face of calm, comforting someone … it’s immediate and very satisfying.” Marshall Huebner, co-head of the insolvency and restructuring group at Davis Polk & Wardwell, isn’t talking about his day job here; he’s talking about something he does on the side. As an undergraduate at Princeton, Huebner became the director of the Outdoor Action program, which encourages students to backpack and canoe. “You needed a high level of first-aid certification to have the …

The Queen of Breach

Privacy expert Lisa Sotto goes public

In 2004, Nigerian fraudsters posing as small-businessmen opened bogus accounts with ChoicePoint Inc., an aggregation company that gathered massive amounts of personal data and then sold access to its database to businesses and the federal government. The fraudsters obtained tens of thousands of names and other personal information, but the real sticking point was what happened once ChoicePoint became aware that its data had been compromised: It notified only California residents. Only …

Dan’s Law

At the intersection of law, history and literature, you’ll find Daniel Kornstein

“This isn’t even half of them,” says Daniel Kornstein of the several hundred books of law, history, fiction, biography and literary studies that fill his Manhattan office, making it seem the cozy warren of an English professor more than the workplace of a busy lawyer. It happens that Kornstein is both: an essayist and author of seven books as well as a successful civil litigator. The founder of Kornstein Veisz Wexler & Pollard, Kornstein is, to paraphrase Flaubert, a “lawyer with a …

The Team Player

Brad Karp is the man behind the man in the hot seat

On April 8, 2010, Charles Prince, the CEO of Citigroup from 2003 to 2007, appeared before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) in Washington, D.C., to offer a mea culpa and explain his role, and his company’s role, in the subprime mortgage crisis and subsequent global financial meltdown. A month later, executives at JPMorgan and former executives at Bear Stearns did the same—the latter without the mea culpa. These executives had one thing in common besides the 10-person commission …

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