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05.03.2021

Leslie Corwin Honored with Inaugural American Lawyer Northeast Trailblazers Award

New York, NY—May 3, 2021—Eisner, LLP is pleased to announce that The American Lawyer has selected New York managing partner Leslie Corwin for its inaugural Northeast Trailblazers award. Corwin is one of 63 individuals honored across the Northeast this year and is recognized for his significant impact in his areas of practice and for serving as an agent of change for the legal industry at large. 

Over five decades of practice, Corwin has played a critical role in constructing and unwinding some of the legal profession’s largest law firms. He has advised firms and their former partners on disputes surrounding three of the biggest law firm failures in the past 15 years: those of Heller Ehrman, an international firm that once had more than 730 attorneys; Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault LLP, a Boston firm with more than 300 attorneys; and WolfBlock LLP, a national law firm based in Philadelphia with more than 300 attorneys.

Even before handling those matters, Corwin was widely recognized as a leading attorney on ownership disputes at professional services firms. He litigated a seminal case, Dawson v. White & Case, which recognized goodwill as a law firm asset and led New York State to pass legislation allowing for the sale of legal practices. In 1998, ALM first published Corwin’s book, “Law Firm Partnership Agreements,” which remains the definitive treatise on the subject to this day. He has also represented leading investment banks, private equity firms, real estate developers, and accounting firms in high-profile trials and litigations.

In 2019, Corwin received the New York Law Journal’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award and was also included in the New York Law Journal’s inaugural list of New York Trailblazers.

The American Lawyer’s 2021 Northeast Trailblazers report, including Corwin’s profile, can be viewed here.


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