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Following a ground-breaking study two years ago, we know that the mental health and substance abuse problems are higher in the legal profession than elsewhere. In this Instant Insights, we take a close look at the severity of the issue in Big Law and what firms are doing to address it.

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Gabriel MacConaill

Gabriel MacConaill, a 42-year-old partner in Sidley Austin‘s Los Angeles office, died on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.

MacConaill’s death was ruled a suicide. A restructuring expert, he joined Sidley in 2009 from Potter Anderson & Corroon, where he was an associate at the Delaware-based law firm, which is known for its bankruptcy expertise. MacConaill made partner at Sidley on Jan. 1, 2014.

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