November 2011 Archives

David C. Hilliard: The Wild West of IP Law

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.

From the Vault: Gerry Spence

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:

In the 2011 Issue of Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine...

WISL11.jpgThe latest issue of Wisconsin Super Lawyers  magazine is now available online, as a digital magazine, and, of course, in print.

From the Vault: Title IX in Oklahoma

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:

Shanin Specter in the News

PASL11.jpgIn the 2011 issue of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, we featured personal injury powerhouse Shanin Specter of Kline & Specter in Philadelphia on the cover. His next big case might be representing victims of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

From the Vault: Chris Messerly's Role In Getting the 35-W Bridge Memorial Built

MN-2011-After-the-Collapse-Chris-Messerly-large.jpgIn 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:

From the Vault: Atlanta Attorney Don Keenan Goes the Extra Mile

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.

From the Vault: Bill Jones and the Value of Keeping Arguments Succinct

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:

In the 2011 Issue of New England Super Lawyers

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L. Lin Wood, Attorney for the Damned, Gets Out Front for Herman Cain

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.

North Carolina's Catharine Biggs Arrowood on her Perry Mason moment

In 2010, we interviewed Catharine Biggs Arrowood, partner at Parker Poe, for a Q&A featured in the 2011 edition of North Carolina Super Lawyers. In the following excerpt, the business litigator talks about her most memorable case, in which she got her very own Perry Mason moment.

Richard Sinkfield Among Gate City Bar Association Hall of Fame Inductees

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 2011 issue of Oklahoma Super Lawyers

OKSLRS11_SM_Cover.jpgIn 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.

St. Louis' Larry Katzenstein reflects on the changes in estate planning and charitable giving

Katz Q&A picLOW.jpgIn 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:

Bill Axselle On Serving the Public

Axselle.jpgIn 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.