We can't keep it to ourselves--the Super Lawyers app for iPad and iPhone is available for download at the Apple iTunes store. And did we mention it's free?
To get it, go to iTunes and search "Super Lawyers." We've loaded it with a special "Where are they now?" edition that includes updated interviews with 30 lawyers who've graced our covers, including Morgan Chu of LA, Thomas Kline of Philadelphia, Ted Wells of New York, and James Lyons of Denver. Don Godwin of Dallas kicks things off, and rightfully so-he was the first lawyer to smile for our cameras.
The app will provide users with the digital editions of our print magazines, and will auto-update with each issue thereafter. Keep an eye out for our Southwest, Washington, D.C., and Alabama editions, which are set to hit iTunes in May. Our print content will be enhanced with links that take users straight to a lawyer's Web site. No iPad or iPhone? No problem. You can find the same content on the Web at digital.superlawyers.com.
Here's are two excerpts from the "Where are they now?" edition. Enjoy.
Robert Habush: The Energizer Lawyer
The last time we caught up with Milwaukee's Robert Habush of Habush Habush & Rottier was in 2005. His closing remark to us was, "I haven't lost my desire to punish companies that hurt innocent people. I love this." Then, Habush was 69 and unwilling to slow down. Now he's 75 and still going ... and going. "In the heart and soul of being a trial lawyer, I think I'm about 35," he says. "It's just my body doesn't respond to that fantasy." Since being "the cover boy," as Habush says, he's managed a spot on the Top 10 list every year thereafter. Recently, he's been hard at work on two explosion cases, both which settled for substantial amounts before going to trial. One case was the Ellison Bay resort community disaster, in which a young couple died in an explosion stemming from a propane leak. The couple's children, who could do nothing but watch as their vacation rental burned with their parents trapped inside, were injured but survived, as did several family members. "It was just a very sad tragedy," Habush says. He also recently settled a vehicle versus pedestrian case.
His current docket includes a boiler explosion case; a products liability case against Chrysler; and he is looking into a possible case against Merck & Co. in regard to a failure to adequately warn about the serious side effects of a drug. "I still have the fire in my belly," he says. "But I'll tell you something. As you get older, you start to, I think, reconnect with family and friends, and realize that maybe those areas haven't been attended as much as they should have. I'm just like everyone else in that area: trying to find the time to make life a little easier. I haven't found a perfect balance yet."
The Two Sides of Phaedra Parks
Anyone with access to Google and cable television can see what the two sides of Phaedra Parks have been up to lately. The primary side, the lover of law who heads up Parks Law Group in Atlanta, is an entertainment lawyer with a bustling practice. She's been in the media for representing Bobby Brown, and counts rappers Drama and Too $hort on her roster, too. "Legally, I'm still doing the same things," she says of her firm, which has grown to 10. "A lot of civil litigation, although I haven't done much criminal work lately. Creatively, I've been busy, too." Which leads us to Park's second side, the reality TV star and producer. Parks starred on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta in 2010. "I'm the first lawyer to ever be on the franchise," Parks says. "Really, the first professional woman with an advanced degree. A lot of people in the legal community called me and told me to do it." They encouraged her because they thought she'd represent the profession well. "I try to ensure that I'm true to myself and to this wonderful legal institution that I'm a part of," she says. Although Parks already had reality television producer credits thanks to her work on BET's Tiny & Toya, Housewives was her first stint in front of the camera. "People love to watch salacious drama," she says. "But I think what people fail to understand sometimes is that it's purely for entertainment."
Parks has more creative projects on tap: she's pitching a few docudramas as producer, and she's also writing a book. "If I can settle myself down enough to finish," she says. "It's a hybrid between a handbook and a self-help book, about women coming of age and professional women, that will dapple in the Southern culture that I love so much." It's unclear if Parks will appear on Housewives' fourth season. "We'll see what happens," she says. Right now she's focusing on her new role as mom-"The best job I've ever had"-and her law practice. "I'm enjoying myself, I'm enjoying my family life, and I'm enjoying the practice of law," she says. "I hear people say I don't want to practice. ... I never not want to practice. My priority is to be a professional, a great lawyer."