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Most innovative North American law firms 2016: Making a difference

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Originality9
Rationale8
Impact9
Total innovation score26
CommentThrough its defence of former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell, who was charged with criminal bribery for accepting gifts from a wealthy donor, the firm clarified what constitutes an “official action”. The lawyers argued that the governor’s actions were not “official” under federal law and thus did not trigger bribery laws. The win in the Supreme Court will limit the congressional duties covered under current federal legislation.