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MARY CRAIG CALKINS

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Howrey L.L.P.

Los Angeles

Age: 57

A well-rounded attorney with experience in the entertainment business, directors and officers liability issues, and e-commerce and technology matters, Mary Craig Calkins has made a name for herself since she zeroed in on insurance coverage recovery more than 20 years ago. In 2006, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, a published ranking aimed at U.S. businesses, recognized her as a leader in the insurance field, stating that she "brings the entire package to the table" and clients appreciate her ability to "authoritatively convey complex ideas and make a difficult situation much more manageable." Ms. Calkins has also been recognized as one of Southern California's "Super Lawyers" in insurance coverage. That list identifies the top 5% of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers, and is published in several publications including Los Angeles magazine.

What would you change: "I would have people participate more in professional organizations and other networking opportunities, because parties on both sides of an issue who know each other well can work out disputes more cooperatively. Avoiding unnecessary posturing and expense also can help cast both the legal and insurance industries in a more favorable light."