Innovative Managing Partner: Goldman Ismail's Melissa Widen

Law360, New York (October 15, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT) -- Early 2009 should have been a terrible time to debut a new law firm, but for Melissa S. Widen, managing partner at Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum LLP, the brutal recession presented an opportunity tailor-made for a litigation boutique dedicated to a streamlined, cost-conscious way of winning cases.

The essence of the firm's gambit, which Widen spearheaded, was a full-on, bear-hug embrace of alternative fee arrangements that many industry counterparts have adopted more in rhetoric than substance, making Chicago-based Goldman Ismail an alluring option for...
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