Welcome to the premier issue of Litigation Trailblazers & Pioneers, a special supplement developed by the business arm of The National Law Journal. In the pages that follow, you’ll read 50 profiles of people who have helped make a difference in the fight for justice. While those recognized come at the litigation process from different angles, a common thread ties them together: each has shown a deep passion and perseverance in pursuit of their mission, having achieved remarkable successes along the way.

Historically, an improving economy has a slowing effect on litigation. Today, activity continues to climb despite the markets’ flirtation with record highs. From the Affordable Healthcare Act to a stricter regulatory environment, big data and privacy concerns to IP battles and product liability suits, among other contributors, the courts are busier than ever. All our honorees have a major stake in the ground and they are advocating strongly for their causes.

As with all Trailblazers & Pioneers supplements, the list is never complete. Our goal is to spotlight those making a big difference and the search never ends. If you have someone you feel should make our next list, please reach out and let us know. We hope you enjoy this special section and look forward to hearing from you with your nominations for next year’s list!

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