August 2011 Archives

Entertainment Attorney Eric Weissmann Talks Awards and Oscars

Last year we interviewed Beverly Hills entertainment attorney Eric Weissmann, of the firm Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall, for Southern California Super Lawyers magazine. The full Q&A, "Take Your Violin and Go Back to Vienna," can be read at the link. The first part of the unpublished excerpts can be read here. What follows is part II...

Chicago Civil Rights Lawyer Mike Kanovitz on Suing Donald Rumsfeld (Part 2)

It's been a tough month for Donald Rumsfeld. First, a federal judge in D.C. ruled that an Army veteran may proceed with a civil suit against the former defense secretary for torture he claims he suffered when he was a translator in Iraq. A week later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago upheld a lower court's ruling that two American contractors may continue their lawsuit against Rumsfeld, claiming he's personally liable for torture they endured after they blew the whistle on corrupt practices taking place at an Iraqi-owned contractor where they were employed.Kanovitz 002.LOWjpg.jpg

Chicago Civil Rights Lawyer Mike Kanovitz on Suing Donald Rumsfeld (Part 1)

It's been a tough month for Donald Rumsfeld. First, a federal judge in D.C. ruled that an Army veteran may proceed with a civil suit against the former defense secretary for torture he claims he suffered when he was a translator in Iraq. A week later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit in Chicago upheld a lower court's ruling that two American contractors may continue their lawsuit against Rumsfeld, claiming he's personally liable for torture they endured after they blew the whistle on corrupt practices taking place at an Iraqi-owned contractor where they were employed.

Mike McLaren on Guarding Pistol Pete and Measuring Up to Tom Cruise

Last year we interviewed Memphis litigator Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee for a Q&A in Mid-South Super Lawyers magazine. In this excerpt, McLaren discusses how he got his first movie role.

Philadelphia Trial Lawyer Bernard Smalley on Being Your Client's One Shot

SMALLEY_B_color.jpgIn 2008 we spoke with personal injury trial lawyer Bernard Smalley of Anapol, Schwartz, Weiss, Cohan, Feldman & Smalley in Philadelphia for a piece that ran that year in Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. In this previously unpublished excerpt, he talks about the pressures involved in his line of work.

Seattle's Rebecca Ringer on Her Scariest Experience In the Courtroom

We profiled medical malpractice attorney Rebecca Ringer, of Seattle's Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer, in the 2011 Washington Super Lawyers & Rising Stars issue. Ringer is known for her winning ways in the courtroom representing health care providers. In the story you can read about her journey from tiny Quinter, Kan. to a post as past-president of the Washington chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Entertainment Lawyer Eric Weissmann on Creative Control, Industry Changes, and the End of 'Jaws' at Warner Bros.

Last year we interviewed Beverly Hills entertainment attorney Eric Weissmann in the Q&A "Take Your Violin and Go Back to Vienna!" for Southern California Super Lawyers magazine. What follows is part of the discussion that didn't make it into print.

In the 2011 Issue of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers

In the latest issue of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers (available online, digitally, via app and in print), writer Nick DiUlio profiles med mal legend Shanin Specter of Kline & Specter.

Medical-malpractice Lawyer Daniel Ryan III on Defending Physicians

DFRforwebsite.jpgIn 2010 we spoke with Daniel Ryan III of O'Brien & Ryan about the secret to defending physicians for our Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine. In a nutshell: make sure they don't act like House.

Career Advice from Teresa Meinders Burkett

We interviewed Teresa Meinders Burkett, partner at Tulsa's Conner & Winters, for a Q&A in the upcoming issue of Oklahoma Super Lawyers in July, but were unfortunately unable to fit the entire conversation into the published article. In these previously unpublished excerpts, Burkett, who loves practicing health care law, offers her advice for younger individuals:

Benjamin Hill III On the Challenges Facing Florida

We interviewed Benjamin Hill III in our 2011 issue of Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars. A commercial litigator at Hill Ward Henderson in Tampa, Hill has also built a strong professional-liability defense practice. Here is his previously unpublished comment on what he sees as Florida's major challenge in the coming decade:

Toni Braxton to Atlanta Lawyer Antavius Weems: "Welcome to my world."

We first wrote about Atlanta's Antavius Weems in "The Child Advocate," an article in the 2005 issue of Georgia Rising Stars magazine. Weems, a former Assistant City Solicitor and County Child Advocate, now a civil litigation and family law attorney with his own practice, has lately been garnering attention on the reality show "Toni Braxton's Family Values," portraying himself, Antavius Weems, lawyer to Toni Braxton and her family.

Oklahoma Super Lawyers Preview: Talking with Teresa Meinders Burkett

For the upcoming issue of Oklahoma Super Lawyers, we spoke with Teresa Meinders Burkett, partner at Tulsa's Conner & Winters where she directs the health care practice group. Burkett began her career as a nurse before transitioning to law, and the experience in the critical care unit gave Burkett a unique outlook while she attended law school. Here, Burkett elaborates on how the experience affected her time at school, beyond what we spoke about in the interview.

Michael J. Lowenberg and the Return of the Raeburn

Last week, thanks in part to representation from personal injury-plaintiff attorney Michael J. Lowenberg of The O'Quinn Law Firm in Houston, socialite Joanne King Herring once again gazed upon a painting she hadn't seen for more than 25 years.

Antavius Weems: How to Protect the Reality TV Client While Appearing on Her Reality TV Show

We first wrote about Atlanta's Antavius Weems in "The Child Advocate," an article in the 2005 issue of Georgia Rising Stars magazine. Weems, a former Assistant City Solicitor and County Child Advocate, now a civil litigation and family law attorney with his own practice, has lately been garnering attention on the reality show "Toni Braxton's Family Values," portraying himself, Antavius Weems, lawyer to Toni Braxton and her family.

Lawyer Links: Roy Black on Anonymity for the Accused

Last week, in the aftermath of the crumbling case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Salon.com asked criminal defense attorney Roy Black, a perennial top 10/100 listee in Florida Super Lawyers, the subject of our 2007 cover feature "Basic Black" and a member of our advisory board, for his opinion. He wasn't shy. FLSL07.jpgIn "Why we should protect those accused of rape," Black argues in favor of anonymity for the accused as well as the accuser. An excerpt:

New York Upstate Super Lawyers -- Upstate Edition preview: Q&A with Bruce J. Wagner

In this year's issue of New York Super Lawyers -- Upstate Edition, out this September, we feature a Q&A with Albany attorney Bruce J. Wagner. A shareholder at McNamee, Lochner, Titus & Williams, Wagner chairs the firm's Matrimonial and Family Law Department and maintains an appellate law practice. In addition to his practice, Wagner works part time as a town justice for the town of Schodack. Below is an excerpt from the interview, with additional content that didn't fit in the print edition.

In the Latest Issue of Northern California Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

In the latest issue of Northern California Super Lawyers & Rising Stars (available online, digitally, via app, and of course in magazine form), Terry McMahon with McDermott Will & Emery tells us how his blue-collar roots propelled him to success as an intellectual property attorney.