Most Admired Attys: Skadden's Sheila Birnbaum

Law360, New York (August 31, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT) -- Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's Sheila Birnbaum has spent her career blazing trails both for companies facing major mass tort actions and for women in the legal profession, earning a spot on Law360's list of the 10 Most Admired Product Liability Attorneys.

When Birnbaum, now co-head of Skadden's complex mass tort and insurance group, graduated from New York University Law School in 1965, the doctrine of strict liability was new and cutting-edge — and so was the concept of a female attorney.

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