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When Joanna Litt sat down to write about the death of her husband, Gabe MacConail, a Sidley Austin partner who died by suicide in 2018, she couldn’t have known how far her words would reach. Her open letter, “Big Law Killed My Husband,” quickly spread across the legal industry and beyond, striking a nerve in a profession so often focused on billable hours and business development at the expense of attorney well-being and mental health.

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at [email protected] or @BSealTAL.

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