The 2021 Law Power 100
March 16, 2021
In the legal profession, being evaluated is a fundamental part of the job. To enter the field, aspiring attorneys must take the LSAT to get into law school, pass their classes and stand for the bar exam. Once they land a job, their professional success is easy enough to measure: How many cases do they win? How often are their clients acquitted? How many hours are they billing? If that’s not enough, countless lists identify the best attorneys and the biggest or most prestigious law firms.
City & State’s Law Power 100 is a little different. While it includes a number of award-winning litigators and partners at top white-collar firms, it’s based on who’s having an impact in New York’s political and government spheres. The list features prominent public officials, top legal advisers and powerful prosecutors at the local, state and federal level. It highlights trailblazing civil rights attorneys, public interest lawyers, advocates for poor and homeless people, and leaders of the #MeToo movement. It includes law school deans, bar association presidents, public defenders, and legally trained advocates and experts shaping key policies in New York. And it puts a spotlight on a few former (and future?) elected officials in the legal field – as well as the individuals who could take down the governor and a certain ex-president.
75. Mark Ustin
Partner, Farrell Fritz
A go-to regulatory lawyer and lobbyist who has extensive experience representing clients in the health care industry, Farrel Fritz partner Mark Ustin provides counsel for businesses and private citizens alike. He has regularly represented clients dealing with state governmental agencies, including the Department of Health and the Office of Mental Health. He told Long Island Business News that COVID-19 is a reminder “clients need to plan separately for the short and long term.”
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