September 24, 2021
Senior Partner Ira Millstein was featured in a Q&A with The American Lawyer in recognition of his 70 years with Weil and many contributions to the profession.
The profile discussed Ira’s experiences as a leading antitrust attorney and corporate governance pioneer, the evolution of the legal industry and his advice for a successful and fulfilling career.
He emphasized the importance of teaching and community engagement. It is not only imperative to share your expertise and prepare future leaders in the law, but also key for personal growth.
“It’s paramount that you not get stuck in the milieu into which you were born and you become sensitive to how the world is changing, and what the attitudes of younger generations might be now,” Ira told The American Lawyer. “I cannot overstate the necessity of staying current through this interaction.”
The Q&A noted that Ira has much to be proud of, as a leader at Weil, an influential boardroom advisor and close partner to his clients. He is particularly proud, however, of Weil’s support of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her appointment to the D.C. Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. Ira recognized the brilliance of Justice Ginsburg, whose late husband was the head of Weil’s Tax Department, and worked to win political support for her trailblazing career.
“I like to think I played a small part in helping the Ginsburgs navigate the arduous process of getting to the nation’s highest court,” Ira said. “I am most proud of the fact that the firm and my partners are proud too.”
While Ira has been a steadfast presence at Weil and in the broader legal community for seven decades, his remarkable career is more a tribute to continuous development than mere stamina.
“Life is just one change after another,” Ira said, “and staying current through teaching, representing the community and doing a hell of a good job with your clients is not just what your career is about, but the capacity to successfully meet the challenge of change.”