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David E. Van Zandt and Two Northwestern Law Alums Named Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade

Dean David Van Zandt has been named one of the Decade’s 40 Most Influential Lawyers by the National Law Journal (NLJ) along with Northwestern Law alums Carter Phillips JD ’77 and Dick Wiley JD ’58, who also made the NLJ list.

The list of the Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers is based on the NLJ’s reporting and nominations submitted by the legal community and recognizes lawyers whose work between January 1, 2000 and December 31, 2009, was “so consequential that it helped to push the profession, an industry, or a practice area substantially forward.”

Van Zandt is noted for tailoring legal education to the demands of the job market. The article states that his “real-world strategy has helped Northwestern build a reputation as one of the most progressive top-tier law schools in the country.” He also is praised for being a “pioneer in making legal education more efficient and streamlined” for launching a three-year JD-MBA program and the new accelerated JD program.

Carter G. Phillips, managing partner of Sidley’s Washington, D.C. office and adjunct professor at Northwestern Law, is one of three lawyers recognized in appellate law. He is noted for his successful representation of clients in the Supreme Court, including Tellabs Inc. in Tellabs v. Makor Issues & Rights, and eBay in eBay v. MercExchange, for which he scored a unanimous win. Phillips also is praised for his pro bono representation in Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church v. New York and for his other appellate representations, including Fox Television Stations Inc. v. FCC.

Richard E. Wiley, managing partner of Wiley Rein (the firm he founded in 1983), is recognized in the area of regulatory law. He is noted for his involvement “in just about every major communications deal this past decade.” A former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) (1970-1977), Wiley also played a pivotal role in the recent development of digital television, serving as chair of the FCC's Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, which helped forge the HD industry.


Posted: April 06, 2010