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Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade: E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Co.'s general counsel Thomas Sager

The National Law Journal

It's fair to say that Thomas Sager, general counsel at chemical giant DuPont doesn't follow legal trends. He starts them.

Sager championed the "DuPont model" (outsourcing a portion of a company's legal work overseas or to lower-cost temp agencies), which is now standard operating procedure in many legal departments. In addition to advocating outsourcing, he led the charge among general counsel to winnow their rosters of outside firms — a process he started at DuPont in the mid-1990s and continued to push during the past 10 years. Sager also has been an out-front advocate of diversity in legal departments and firms, and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association now gives an award bearing his name.

See the full list of lawyers honored in The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers.

H. Rodgin Cohen served as chairman of Sullivan & Cromwell from July 1, 2000, through December 31, 2009. As the U.S. financial system teetered on the brink of collapse in autumn 2008, Cohen counseled clients on more than 20 transactions, among them the rescue-financing deals for American International Group Inc. and Fannie Mae and the sales of Bear Stearns, Wachovia and Lehman Brothers.  He spoke to The National Law Journal about his role leading up to and following the financial crisis.

See the full list of lawyers honored in The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers.