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Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter. Lisa Blatt of Arnold & Porter.

Tell us about your top U.S. Supreme Court or federal circuit court victory over the past year and how you and your team achieved the win. The top is our clients’ Supreme Court victory in Advocate Health Care Network v. Stapleton, where the court held that a church need not establish a church-affiliated organization for that organization to be exempt from ERISA. The case involved fundamental religious protections, and the plaintiffs were seeking billions of dollars from religious hospitals all over the country. The victory was especially gratifying because three appellate courts had unanimously ruled against our clients before the case got to the Supreme Court. We approached this case like every case—treating the case as one of life or death. Fear of death is a strong motivator.

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Lisa Helem

Lisa Helem is the editor in chief of The National Law Journal. Contact her at lhelem@alm.com. On Twitter: @lhelemNLJ

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