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Karen Dunn, partner with Boies Schiller Flexner, left, and Jamie Gorelick, partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, in Washington, D.C. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM.

When litigator Karen Dunn started to think about joining Boies Schiller Flexner in 2013, the rising star ran into a minor sticking point with firm co-founder Jonathan Schiller. After a career that involved stops as communications director for Sen. Hillary Clinton, associate counsel to President Barack Obama and assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia, she wanted to do two things in private practice: try cases and put out fires.

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Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers law firms' global strategy and economics. Based in Philadelphia, he writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," exploring change and innovation in the legal services market. Contact him at dpackel@alm.com. On Twitter at @packeld

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