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WilmerHale Partners Named Among the “Greatest Washington Lawyers in the Past 30 Years”

May 19, 2008

Legal Times Highlights Perlstein, Gorelick, McLucas, and Founding Partners Cutler and Pickering in its Special 30th Anniversary Issue

Legal Times celebrates its 30th anniversary by honoring a list of lawyers whom they found to have had the “greatest impact on the Washington legal community over the past 30 years”—a list that includes WilmerHale’s Co-Managing Partner William Perlstein, Partners Jamie Gorelick and William McLucas, and two of the firm’s founding partners: Lloyd Cutler and John Pickering.

The list is divided into three parts: Champions, Visionaries and Pioneers. Only 30 lawyers were named to each category. Legal Times editors selected 30 lawyers whose foresight and hard work have changed the business of law in Washington—the Visionaries. They also picked 30 lawyers whose community and public service has set an example that other DC lawyers should follow—the Champions. Finally, the Pioneers are recognized—those who have passed away since 1978, but whose contribution to business and the community made an indelible impact on the way law in Washington is practiced today.

William Perlstein and William McLucas are recognized as Visionaries—“lawyers who have stretched practices, built courts, law firms, and companies, and inspired political activism and legal scholarship.”

Jamie Gorelick is honored among the “Champions”—“lawyers who have upheld their profession’s core values of public duty and client service, building pro bono practices, acting as bar presidents, taking on community causes, holding public service positions, and fighting to expand liberties and protect civil rights.”

While Lloyd Cutler and John Pickering, are celebrated as “Pioneers”—these lawyers are no longer with us, but “made an indelible impact on the practice of law in Washington, DC.”

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