In the latest issue of Alabama Super Lawyers (available online, digitally, via app, and in magazine form), our cover story is about Mike Atchison of Birmingham's Burr & Forman. Atchison, who has been practicing law for 40 years, started working as a reporter, covering issues involving the Ku Klux Klan and experiencing sermons by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before attending law school. Over his career, Atchison learned the important lessons of treating everyone with respect and always doing the right thing. Says his Burr & Forman colleague Ed Hardin, "If there ever was a true gentleman, it's Mike Atchison. In spite of the personal consequences or obstacles or risk of personal ridicule or social pressures, Mike always does what is right under the circumstances."
In the most recent issue of Oregon Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine (available online, digitally, via app, and of course in magazine form), we tell the story of Carol J. Bernick, a would-be librarian who switched career paths and ended up becoming a highly successful employment lawyer. Bernick has been the managing partner at Davis Wright Tremaine's Portland office since 2009, overseeing 80 lawyers and staffers.
We recently spoke with Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Sara Azari for the Q&A, "Fearless," in this year's Southern California Rising Stars magazine, but not all of our conversation made it into print. In the unpublished excerpt below, Azari talks about the difficulty of appearing on TV to analyze high-profile, celebrity cases...
In the latest issue of Minnesota Super Lawyers (available online, digitally, via app, and in magazine form), we profile St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson of Jeff Anderson & Associates, who has made a career out of bringing sexual-abuse lawsuits against the Catholic Church. He started filing them 27 years ago and, as Christy DeSmith explains, has no plans of stopping now.
Earlier this week, Casey Anthony--the 25-year-old Florida woman who stood a 33-day trial for allegedly murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008--was released from the Orange County Jail after serving over three years behind bars.
As a law school student at Yale, Jeremy Goldman was enraptured by David Boies' commanding, if losing, performance in Bush v. Gore, the U.S. Supreme Court case that reversed the Florida Supreme Court's request for a ballot recount, awarding the state's 25 electoral votes--and the 2000 presidential election--to George W. Bush. So enraptured, in fact, that he sought and scored a gig working with Boies' firm, Boies Schiller, in its Oakland office. When Proposition 8--the 2008 amendment that ruled that same-sex couples could not marry in California--started heating up, Goldman asked Boies to become involved, eventually earning a spot as second chair to Boies at the 2010 trial to overturn Prop 8. "I would say that the trial compellingly demonstrated that no evidence supports the arguments in favor of Proposition 8," Goldman told us in March.
The current issue of Virginia/West Virginia Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine (available online, digitally, via app, and of course in magazine form) takes us inside the creative mind of Ann K. Sullivan, an employment lawyer at Crenshaw, Ware & Martin in Norfolk.
We recently spoke with Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Sara Azari for the Q&A, "Fearless," in this year's Southern California Rising Stars magazine, but not all of our conversation made it into print. In the unpublished excerpt below, Azari expounds on one of her favorite phrases: "I'd rather turn you down now than let you down later."
Last week U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton swiftly called a mistrial in the federal perjury trial of former baseball star Roger Clemens. Prosecutors were required to redact certain comments made by a congressman that would jeopardize the credibility of one witness. But the jury inadvertently saw the transcript while attorneys were in a private meeting. The trial lasted only two days so we wondered: What now?
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Tamara Hjelle Olsen of Gray Plant Mooty at the age of 51 after a year-long battle with cancer. She had made our Minnesota Super Lawyers list every year since 2003, often appearing on top lists, and had carved out a reputation as being not only one of the most accomplished attorneys in the state--in 2007 she became the firm's first female managing partner--but also one of the most warm. "She was universally recognized as one of the best employment and higher education lawyers, and was a sought-after public speaker," Bruce Mooty told the Star Tribune. "And her clients just loved her. Once clients had work with her, they didn't want to work with anybody else."
The cover story in the latest issue of Southern California Rising Stars magazine is all over the news these days. "Bleeding Dodger Blue" focuses on the work of Susman Godfrey attorney Victoria Cook, who, at the time she was called into the McCourt v. McCourt divorce case, initially thought her client was the other Frank McCourt--the author of Angela's Ashes--rather than the owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.