"The best analysis of how adversity turned into opportunity for Jewish lawyers has been done by legal scholar Eli Wald..." (Gladwell, p129)
Eli Wald is not a common name but could this be the same Eli Wald who was a law professor of mine at the University of Denver? I hopped online and sure enough, it is the same Eli Wald. Malcolm Gladwell uses a sizeable quote from Prof. Wald's work, this is no mere passing mention. Frankly, Wald seems to have beaten Gladwell to his "Outliers" thesis.
Congratulations to Prof. Wald for this bit of pop culture appreciation.