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Power Lawyers 2009

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    Paul LiCalsi
    Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, New York

    In March, LiCalsi, who made his name repping top music and publishing figures like Jay-Z and author Dominick Dunne, decamped from Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal with five other partners to solidify the New York office of L.A.'s Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp. Even while switching firms, LiCalsi repped Apple Corps in an effort to prevent the unauthorized exploitation of a bootleg tape of the Beatles performing in Hamburg, Germany, and defended country singer Taylor Swift in a lawsuit filed by her ex-manager. But LiCalsi's most interesting work this year might have been supervising efforts to keep copies of some of the industry's most anticipated works from exposure before their release dates. LiCalsi headed the security efforts behind both Scholastic's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" and Take Two Interactive's "Grand Theft Auto IV."

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