GARY W. MAEDER, 59
FIRM: Morrison & Foerster LLP
LAW SCHOOL: UCLA
CLIENTS: Adelante Capital Management LLC, CIM Group Inc., Lockheed Federal Credit Union
YEARS IN PRACTICE: 34
Reason I’m a Lawyer: To help clients solve problems.
Most Challenging Cases: A very complicated and groundbreaking LLC agreement for a client in 2004, requiring creativity, research, negotiations and drafting for long hours over six weeks.
Best Career Moment: Successfully closing a deal at 7 a.m. on the last day possible after working for 48 straight hours.
Worst: The 1996 dissolution of Kindel and Anderson LLP, an excellent law firm with great attorneys and friends.
If I Weren’t an Attorney: I would be a pastor.
My Colleagues Don’t Know: I was the first printer of the Los Angeles Dodgers Booster Club newsletter, at the age of 9 or 10.
LARRY STEIN, 48
FIRM: Latham & Watkins LLP
LAW SCHOOL: Stanford University Law School
CLIENTS: Allergan, Amgen, Beckman Coulter, Spectrum Equity Investors
YEARS IN PRACTICE: 23
Reason I’m a Lawyer: I have always liked analytical puzzles, and I enjoy trying to explain complex ideas in understandable language. For those reasons, I thought that law might be a good field for me. I was very fortunate that one of my law professors and a classmate both suggested that I might find tax appealing, as I discovered that practicing transactional tax law requires both of those skills in abundance.
If I Weren’t an Attorney: I would be a math or statistics teacher.
Bucket List: Play a round of golf at Augusta National, Visit the Taj Mahal, bike the California Coast (and get in good enough shape to do it!), pilot a jet plane.
My Colleagues Don’t Know: Our 8-year-old daughter has me wrapped around her finger.
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