In our 2011 issue of Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars, David C. Hilliard, with Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson in Chicago, talked to us about how intellectual property law has evolved during his four decades-plus in the practice area. The major change? The Internet--and the Wild-West mindset that accompanied its early days.
In 2010 Mountain States Super Lawyers, we featured the legendary trial lawyer Gerry Spence, of The Spence Law Firm and founder of The Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, in a Q&A. Spence spent time in his career as an attorney for insurance companies, but switched to the other side and has never looked back. In this excerpt, he explains why he made the change:
Our cover subject in the 2010 issue of Oklahoma Super Lawyers, Karen Long, partner at Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold, has taken on Title IX cases across the state of Oklahoma. In 1996, an Owasso man sued his daughter's high school district, alleging a violation of Title IX as her daughter's softball team played on a dirt field while the school's baseball team played in a modern stadium. An excerpt:
In downtown Minneapolis there is a memorial near the site of the 35W bridge collapse that took the lives of 13 people and injured 145 in 2007. It's there in large part to the work of Chris Messerly of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi. Messerly was brought in after the collapse to help lead a 17-firm pro bono relief effort for 112 people harmed by the disaster. In May 2008, the state set up a $36.64 million fund for victims, which pleased Messerly, but he went for more, pressing the companies that were assigned to assess the safety of the bridge for answers and compensation. From our piece that appeared in Minnesota Super Lawyers:
In the 2006 issue of Georgia Super Lawyers magazine magazine, we profiled Don C. Keenan, a Personal Injury-Plaintiff attorney with The Keenan Law Firm in Atlanta. Keenan, a past president of the Inner Circle of Advocates, and author of the book "365 Ways to Keep Kids Safe," specializes in child injury and wrongful death cases.
In the 2009 issue of Mountain States Super Lawyers, trial lawyer Bill Jones, partner at Garlington, Lohn, Robinson in Missoula, Mont., is praised by colleagues for his timeliness and ability to stay on task in the courtroom--which has helped him in his cases. An excerpt:
Yesterday, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain held a press conference in which he denied sexual harassment allegations from five different women; but it was his attorney, L. Lin Wood of Atlanta, whom Dan Rather once called the "attorney for the damned," who first stepped to the microphone.
Last Saturday night, the Gate City Bar Association, the oldest African-American bar association in the state of Georgia, inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame: Forrest B. Johnson of Forrest B. Johnson & Associates, Hezekiah Sistrunk, Jr. of The Cochran Firm, and Richard H. Sinkfield of Rogers & Hardin.
In the latest issue of Oklahoma Super Lawyers (available today online, digitally and via app, as well as in print), we profile Reggie Whitten, managing partner at Whitten Burrage in Oklahoma City. The litigator, who values honesty in trials, has taken on insurance providers in some of the nation's most significant class action and individual cases. In addition to his busy practice, Whitten is fully committed to various organizations he's helped found, including PROS FOR AFRICA, Pros 4 Vets and FATE (Fighting Addiction Through Education). The latter was founded to honor his son, Brandon, who became addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol, and died at age 25 in a motorcycle accident caused by his substance abuse.
In the 2011 issue of Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers (available online, digitally, via app and in print) we interview Larry Katzenstein, a partner at Thompson Coburn in St. Louis, who concentrates on estate planning and charitable giving. He became fascinated with tax law at Harvard Law School and has stuck with it ever since. In this unpublished excerpt from our chat, he explains how the practice has changed over the decades:
In our 2011 issue of Virginia Super Lawyers & Rising Stars, we sat down with government law attorney Bill Axselle, with Williams Mullen. He opined about the ups and downs of serving as a politician, which he did for 16 years as a lawmaker in the General Assembly, and compared shaping policy from the inside to lobbying for change from the outside.