NICK SAGGESE, 63

Firm: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP

Law School: Loyola

Selected Clients: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., Ion Media Networks, Paul Allen, Vulcan Inc., LGP, TPG, Colony Capital.

Years in Practice: 30

Most Challenging Matter: As it unfolded over the course of a couple of years, the spin-off and reorganization of DreamWorks presented challenging and intricate issues.

Best Career Moment: Watching young associates with whom I worked closely develop as lawyers and ultimately become partners.

Worst Career Moment: While there have been a hundred times I was convinced I was having my worst professional moment, it has always worked out fine.

Highlight From Past Year: Under the circumstances, it was extremely rewarding to represent Paul Allen as the principal shareholder in the Charter Communications reorganization, which was described by the judge as “perhaps the largest and most complex prearranged bankruptcies ever attempted, and in all likelihood among the most ambitious.”

Longest Workday: During the building of Skadden’s L.A. office in the 1980s, the energy and adrenaline levels were at an all-time high. We all worked at an incredible pace month in and month out for several years, but, unbelievably, we truly enjoyed it.

How My Practice Is Changing: My practice has always shifted with the macroeconomic environment – acquisitions, financings and restructurings.

If I Weren’t an Attorney: I never intended on practicing law and only decided to attend law school out of intellectual curiosity. The evening program at Loyola Law School allowed me to continue running my insurance and benefits business during the day.

My Colleagues Don’t Know: What my colleagues don’t know about me, I am not inclined to put in print.

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