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May 28, 2008 11:38 AM

DLA's $60 Million Question

Posted by Susan Beck

Amy Schulman's book of business is the stuff of law firm legend: Harvard Business School estimated it to be an astounding $60 million--$60 million!--in a 2006 case study on the 48-year-old litigator's career. Schulman has never confirmed that number, but as we reported last year, she's DLA's highest-paid partner, with compensation of $5.75 million in 2006.

So who's primed to step in with Schulman's clients? Her blue-chip list includes Altria Group, GE, Wyeth, Schering-Plough, and Kraft as well as, of course, Pfizer.

According to a firm spokesman, the trio of Loren Brown, 42, Heidi Levine, 38, and John Dougherty will be taking over the bulk of the work. Brown and Dougherty have been assisting Schulman on Pfizer's Celebrex product liability cases, with Brown recently winning an outside counsel award from the pharma giant. Levine and Brown will continue to oversee GE's defense in litigation over Omniscan, an injectable contrast agent used for MRIs. Dougherty will take over Schulman's work for Kraft.

Schulman is known for creating strong teams around her, which makes this transition easier for clients, and for DLA. "She is a great team builder," says Mark Nance, the GC of GE Medical Diagnostics.

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