The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

Law360 (December 13, 2018, 6:27 PM EST) -- “You have to be able to say 'no,'" Fred Fielding tells me.

He’s referring to one of the requirements to be an effective counsel to the president of the United States. Fielding knows of what he speaks. He served as White House counsel to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

Panetta embraces President Barack Obama at an Armed Forces Farewell Ceremory in Arlington, Virginia. (AP)

We're sitting in his corner office at Morgan Lewis in Washington, D.C., as he describes a job that only a handful of lawyers have ever experienced. It takes a lot of strength to be able...

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