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Harvey Miller Moves, and a Law Firm Benefits

Posted Sep 16, 2008 9:37 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Weil, Gotshal & Manges had a stroke of good fortune when its premier bankruptcy partner, Harvey Miller, returned last year after a five-year hiatus with the firm.

The 75-year-old Miller had helped build Weil’s bankruptcy practice “into arguably the most prominent debtor-side practice in the country” before he left the firm in 2002 for an investment bank, the Wall Street Journal reports. He had led the bankruptcy teams for Drexel Burnham Lambert, Texaco and Continental Airlines and was known as one of a handful of people responsible for the development of modern bankruptcy practice.

Now he is handling the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, a job that promises to be lucrative for Weil, according to the story. The law firm still has a top reputation in the bankruptcy field, but in recent years, it had lost a few prominent partners to other law firms. At the same time, firms such as Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom were building their bankruptcy practices.


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