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That American Express chose Cravath, Swaine & Moore as counsel in its epic antitrust fight seems fitting. The credit card’s famous slogan, “Membership has its privileges” evokes an exclusivity mirrored by what many consider to be the most prestigious law firm in the country.

But the lawyer who led AmEx to victory last week—the chairman of Cravath, no less—was not born with the proverbial silver spoon.

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Jenna Greene

Jenna Greene is editor of The Litigation Daily and author of the "Daily Dicta" column. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be reached at [email protected].

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