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In BigLaw Gender Bias Suits, Anonymity Is Fleeting

By Brandon Lowrey (September 28, 2020, 7:41 PM EDT) -- For attorneys filing gender bias lawsuits against their law firms, a difficult and almost inevitable decision awaits: Put your name on the lawsuit and invite personal and professional scrutiny, or abandon your claims.

That crossroads has confounded scores of litigants over the years — including those in at least two high-profile and ongoing bias battles between women and BigLaw firms. Many attorneys, when confronted with unmasking, have dropped their lawsuits or settled. Others have stepped forward and expressed no regrets.

But there can be repercussions for discrimination plaintiffs who reveal their identities. Attorneys Sherry William and Joshua Ashley Klayman were the only two...

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