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April 09, 2021

The American Lawyer profiled Nicole Allen and Debbie Berman for its inaugural list of Midwest Trailblazers, which highlights lawyers who have made significant marks on practice, policy, and technological advancements in their areas of legal practice.

Ms. Allen is recognized for her work in financial services litigation.

Ms. Berman is recognized for her work on cutting edge intellectual property matters.  In their profiles, each details how their career paths have shaped their respective practices and how their work is creating change in the legal industry.

Ms. Allen is co-chair of the Financial Services Litigation Practice, and helped develop the firm’s commodities enforcement litigation practice.  In her profile, she notes that the pandemic has contributed to extreme market volatility, and with the new administration’s keen focus on regulation and enforcement, Ms. Allen expects a continued increase in financial markets, services, and transactions litigation.

Ms. Berman is co-chair of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Trade Secrets and Restrictive Covenants, and Media and First Amendment practices.  In her profile, Ms. Berman is recognized for her work in the seminal inevitable disclosure case, PepsiCo v. Redmond, as well as securing a $90m disgorgement verdict in the Hetronic Lanham Act infringement case.  Ms. Berman expects to see continued use of the Lanham’s Act’s extraterritorial reach to protect United States trademark holders when there has been significant damage to US foreign commerce