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Power Lawyers 2012

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    Talent
    Joel McKuin
    Joel McKuin
    McKuin Frankel Whitehead

    McKuin has repped Kristen Stewart since she was 11 -- and this year, the Twilight and Snow White and the Huntsman star was listed as the highest-paid actress by Forbes. "Lawyers can't pat themselves on the back for this," he says. "It's talented people, and they've put in hard work, and the stars have aligned." The Harvard Law grad made the whopping $3 million deal for James Vanderbilt's screenplay White House Down -- the top script sale of 2012 so far -- which will star Channing Tatum. Longtime TV client Josh Schwartz (Gossip Girl, Hart of Dixie) is about to make his feature directorial debut with October's Fun Size. Of course, McKuin's biggest accomplishment of the year was the birth of his second child, daughter Sena.

    Most satisfying career moment Staring his own firm at 28, 2 ½ years out of law school. "Doing our own thing was really when I started to enjoy my career."

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