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Don’t be bothered because two of the four new female partners at New York’s 514-lawyer Sullivan & Cromwell are married to litigation partners at the firm. The fact that litigator Karen Patton Seymour is married to Samuel W. Seymour and litigator Penny Shane is married to Michael T. Tomaino Jr. had no bearing on their promotions, says a lawyer familiar with the promotions who asked for anonymity. “Karen and Penny are both very deserving,” says the lawyer, adding that Sullivan had a precedent of not promoting spouses. “Besides, they married when their husbands were associates. If anything, this was a great year for women at Sullivan.” Corporate lawyer Rebecca J. Simmons and tax attorney Diana L. Wollman were also promoted to partner, along with seven men.

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