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Firm chairman Brad Karp and real estate partner Meredith Kane were recognized as “New York Trailblazers” in the New York Law Journal’s inaugural list, which celebrates professionals who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancement of their practice.
Brad was recognized for his work publicly advocating on behalf of vulnerable groups and in support of the rule of law. The profile mentions his efforts to mobilize the firm on behalf of immigrant families separated by the U.S. government at the U.S.-Mexico border and to dispatch lawyers to airports to represent Muslims being barred entry into the U.S. Brad told the publication that he intends to continue the firm’s efforts protecting reproductive freedom, voting and LGBTQ rights. “I wish I could tell you that the Administration has learned its lesson and will honor the rule of law going forward,” he told the NYLJ. “But we have seen too many examples of the Administration crossing well-established lines and violating accepted norms, that tempers any optimism I might otherwise have.”
Meredith was recognized for her work helping transform the New York City skyline. The publication notes that she has acted as lead counsel for the MTA on numerous critical development and transportation infrastructure projects, including the $20 billion development of the Hudson Yards; the One Vanderbilt building, which will become the city’s second-tallest structure; the development of train service to LaGuardia Airport; and JPMorgan’s new Park Avenue headquarters. Meredith told the NYLJ that she is focused on making sure the city’s growth leaves room for economic diversity, with subsidized affordable housing for people with special needs and other populations. “Without a doubt, there is an enormous wealth gap in the city. It’s important to remember that you need to develop the city for all its residents,” she said.