Alayne Fleischmann

“One of the ongoing myths about the financial crisis is that the government is outmatched by the legal talent representing the banks. But [Alayne] Fleischmann was impressed by the lead attorney in her case, a litigator named Richard Elias. ‘He sounded like he had been a securities lawyer for 10 years,’ she says. ‘This actually looked like his idea of fun – like he couldn’t wait to run with this case.’”