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<br /> www.americanlawyer.com April 2010<br /> <br /> This cover did not appear in The American Lawyer. It is a custom cover created for the sole distribution of Seyfarth Shaw.<br /> Leap of Faith<br /> How much will Six Sigma pay off for Seyfarth Shaw?<br /> By D.M. Levine<br /> Partner Lisa Damon<br /> spearheads the firm’s<br /> Six Sigma work.<br /> Some 1,500 employ-<br /> ees are expected to be<br /> trained by year-end.<br /> michel leroy<br /> It was the height of the securities boom in 2006, and<br /> Seyfarth Shaw real estate partner Andrew Pearlstein<br /> was feeling the pressure. His client, Merrill Lynch<br /> & Co., Inc., was awash in mortgage-backed secu-<br /> rities, and insisting that the law firms working on<br /> these transactions cut their rates. “We were doing<br /> 60–70 real estate finance closings a year,” Pearlstei<a title="001031013SeyfarthShaw_ELITE.pdf page 1" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/072fc06c?page=1"> www.americanlawyer.com </a> <a title="001031013SeyfarthShaw_ELITE.pdf page 2" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/072fc06c?page=2"> Leap of Faith How much will Six Sigma pay off fo</a> <a title="001031013SeyfarthShaw_ELITE.pdf page 3" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/072fc06c?page=3"> The core metric for judging Seyfarth’s Six Sigma </a> <a title="001031013SeyfarthShaw_ELITE.pdf page 4" href="http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/072fc06c?page=4"> ents who’d been using Six Sigma for years, and Po</a>