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Harrell's job at the venerable white-shoe firm, whose first female partner was Hillary Rodham Clinton, is a far cry from her previous agency work at Little Rock's Stone Ward and Mangan Holcomb Partners.
Meanwhile, longstanding white-shoe firm Edward Lee Cave was acquired by Terra Holdings' Brown Harris Stevens, though it will continue to operate as a separate division under the larger company's umbrella, and veteran broker Alice Mason closed her Madison Avenue office after 45 years.
He also sloughed off thoughts about a culture clash with Cushman & Wakefield, a white-shoe firm that is 20 percent owned by its operators and soon to be 80 percent owned by Mitsubishi Estates when it completes its purchase from the Rockefeller Family Trust.
At the time, "the chances [for a black person] to work for a white-shoe firm were nil to none," says Goings, an honor graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati and former pro football player.
Now, though, the white-shoe firm will also list an apartment type that most New Yorkers may associate with worse-for-wear projects: affordable housing.
The experienced group is updating the white-shoe firm with top-of-the-line computers and sophisticated software, a new phone system with voice mail and other technology.
Others have closed completely or been absorbed into other firms, like longstanding white-shoe firm Edward Lee Cave, which was recently acquired by Brown Harris Stevens.
lower ranks of the New York bar led the white-shoe firms to stay clear
white-shoe firms effectively excluded and discriminated against Jewish
the WASP firms, within white-shoe firms, "[s]uper-achievers [were]
No plaintiff has yet won an ATCA case against a company, but Collingsworth has persisted, pitting his small staff against the nation's white-shoe firms and weathering appeal after appeal.