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Kerrie Campbell.

I’m fascinated by troublemakers, particularly ones who put their careers on the line by taking on establishments like Big Law. One such troublemaker is Kerrie Campbell, who catapulted to prominence when she sued her former firm Chadbourne & Parke (now Norton Rose Fulbright), alleging gender discrimination.

I’ve wanted to interview Campbell since she filed the case back in 2016, but for various reasons—her lawyer’s advice or her own reluctance to talk to a reporter—it didn’t happen. But this March, her case suddenly settled. This time, when I contacted Campbell, she was happy to chat, with the caveat that she not talk about the terms of the settlement.

What’s public about the settlement is that Norton Rose has agreed to pay $1 million to Campbell, plus another $1 million to the co-plaintiffs—ex-head of Chadbourne’s product liability practice Mary Yelenick ($750,000) and ex-Ukrainian partner Jaroslawa Johnson ($250,000) to settle claims under the Equal Pay Act. In addition, the firm will pay $1.08 million in attorney fees to plaintiffs firm Sanford Heisler Sharp. What’s not public is how the plaintiffs resolved their other claims against the firm, pertaining to city, state and federal discrimination and retaliation laws.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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