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Musicians as Lawyers – “Practice Makes Perfect (Pitch)” – Podcast episode with Milbank partners Allan Marks and Alex G. Romain

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Like a fine musician performing a complex work before a discerning audience, practicing law at an elite level can be as much art as science. In this bonus episode of Law, Policy & Markets, Global Project, Energy & Infrastructure Finance partner Allan Marks and Litigation & Arbitration partner Alex Romain take a breather from complex business issues to compare notes on how their years of classical piano training and passion for playing music inform their approaches to practicing law. They explore how coaching, creativity and collaboration translate into discipline, depth and distinction and how crafting a musical performance is similar to structuring and presenting a cogent legal argument that leads to persuasive communication, authentic personal relationships and positive action.

About the speakers:

Alex Romain is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Milbank LLP and a member of the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration Group. Mr. Romain is a leading national trial lawyer with more than 20 years of experience representing individuals and corporations in high-stakes complex commercial litigation, white collar defense, and internal investigations. Mr. Romain’s relentless advocacy has led to exemplary results for his clients. He was a member of the trial team that exonerated the late Sen. Ted Stevens, playing a key role in pursuing the exculpatory evidence that ultimately led to the senator’s exoneration. The American Lawyer described his team’s work on the case as “one of the best criminal defense performances in memory, resulting in a heightened scrutiny of prosecutors that will affect the Justice Department for years to come.” Mr. Romain successfully represented the Baltimore Ravens and several of its senior personnel in connection with the independent investigation conducted by former FBI Director Robert Mueller into the National Football League’s handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence incident.

Podcast host Allan Marks is one of the world's leading project finance lawyers, with special expertise in the power and renewable energy, transportation and airports, oil and gas, water, and telecommunications sectors. He advises developers, investors, lenders, and underwriters around the world in the development and financing of complex infrastructure projects, as well as related acquisitions, restructurings and capital markets transactions. Mr. Marks also serves as an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley at both the Law School and the Haas School of Business.