The Disruptors: Keller Lenkner Moves From Legal Finance to Practicing Law


Lawyers fear change. It’s ingrained. Required. Incrementalism is the law of the realm – take what’s been done before, find a way to make a new situation resemble it and you’re golden. Nowhere is that alchemy honed and burnished as in the chambers of U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Travis Lenkner and Ashley Keller clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy there, finding ways to fit, fiddle and fuse hundred-year-old words with current dilemmas. Combine, contrast, churn and create, making what’s old new and what’s new forever. Keller and Lenkner brought remarkable achievements to their time at 1 First St. NE, Washington, D.C. Lenkner had clerked for Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit, while Keller had clerked for the 7th Circuit’s Richard Posner. From there, the two would craft fast early success at, respectively, Gibson Dunn and Boeing; and Bartlit Beck and Alyeska…

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