Crain's Chicago Business

The best lawyers are often the busiest lawyers, but we managed to get a few minutes with six hot-shot Chicago attorneys to ask them a range of questions about themselves and about the state of the law today.

Nate Eimer, 55 Eimer Stahl LLP

Before starting his own firm four years ago, Nate Eimer was a partner at Chicago-based Sidley Austin brown & Wood LLP, where he was co-head of the firm's commercial and regulatory litigation practice group and also was head of the litigation practice in the firm's New York office.

Big cases: Mr. Eimer defends Conrad Black in Chicago Sun-Times publisher Hollinger International Inc.'s suit against its former CEO. Other clients of his include CITGO Petroleum Corp., Dow Chemical Co. and Citigroup.

How has the law changed? "Cases are much larger and there's a lot more money at risk."

**What makes you proud to be a lawyer? **"Seeing (Northwestern University law professor) Larry Marshall and others like him represent wrongfully convicted death row inmates and vindicate their innocence."

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