It was a matter of honor that brought Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday morning. Several lawyers from the firm, led by managing partner Mark Walker, were present in the ceremonial courtroom of the Daniel Patrick Moynihan U.S. Courthouse.

Last August, the elite New York law firm was the subject of a particularly stinging sanctions order by Southern District of New York Judge Loretta Preska, who said the firm had shown “a willingness to operate in the murky area between zealous advocacy and improper conduct” in attempting to interfere with the deposition of a nonparty witness.

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