December 2011 Archives

Baltimore Insurance Litigator Jeffrey Wothers on Why the Recession Hasn't Led to Fraud Claims in Property

Jeffrey-Wothers.jpgJeffrey A. Wothers, an insurance coverage and business litigation lawyer in Baltimore, is also the young managing partner at Niles, Barton & Wilmer, the oldest law firm in Maryland. We spoke to him for our Q&A, "Insurance Exchange," in the 2012 issue of Maryland Super Lawyers.

From the Vault: Nike's Jim Carter on the Issue of Brand Counterfeiting

In the March/April 2009 issue of Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition, we profiled Jim Carter, the general counsel of Nike. While his office is in Beaverton, Ore., Carter spent time traveling abroad a few times a year to Europe, Asia, and South and Central America, where counterfeiting can be a major problem. An excerpt:

From the Vault: David Leitch, general counsel of Ford Motor Co.

In the July/August 2010 issue of Super Lawyers -- Corporate Counsel Edition, our cover featured David Leitch, general counsel of Ford Motor Co. Leitch, who was chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration on 9/11, and before he moved to his position at Ford, worked with his legal team to pull the company through the recession that greatly affected its two U.S. competitors, General Motors and Chrysler. After facing Ford's largest annual loss in 2006 ($12.7 billion), Leitch made major changes:

Boutique IP Firm, Pruetz Law Group, Merges with LA's Glaser Weil

Last October, when we interviewed intellectual property litigator Adrian Pruetz for the upcoming issue of Southern California Super Lawyers magazine (out in February), she was running her own boutique firm, with daughter Erica, four associates, and two paralegals, in El Segundo, Cal.

Shamus O'Meara Settles Lawsuit on Behalf of Developmentally Disabled Plaintiffs

shamus.jpgMinnesota Public Radio recently reported that attorney Shamus O'Meara of Johnson & Condon has successfully settled a class action suit with the state of Minnesota on behalf of his clients, 300 adults with developmental disabilities who used to reside in a treatment facility in Cambridge, Minn., where they were treated inhumanely.

From the Vault: TBS' Louise Sams on How Plans Can Be Limiting

In the August 2008 issue of Super Lawyers -- Corporate Counsel Edition, we featured Louise Sams, executive vice president and general counsel of TBS, Inc. and president of TBS International. The piece retells a story of how, during a job interview, Sams was asked where she saw herself in 10 years and gave an unexpected response:

Kenzo Kawanabe argues Colorado school-funding system is unconstitutional; judge agrees

Kawanabe, Kenzo_179x217.jpgSince 2005, Lobato v. State of Colorado, a school funding case, has been winding its way through the Colorado court system. Last Friday, Denver District Judge Sheila Rappaport ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, a group of school districts and parents, who sued the state claiming that its school-funding system was unconstitutional.

Tom Kline on the Sandusky Sex Abuse Case

This past week, personal injury attorney Tom Kline of Kline & Specter in Philadelphia, who has been selected as the top lawyer on the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list since its inception in 2004, announced that he is representing one of the alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State child sex abuse case.

One of the Ingredients of a Successful Private Law Career: Start in Public Law

One of the departments we include in our magazines is called "Word for Word" in which we ask attorneys one question and run their verbatim responses. This year one of the questions we asked was, "What advice do you have for young lawyers?" Among the most popular answers we received was to get experience in the local district attorney's office.

LinkedIn's Erika Rottenberg on the power of connections

For the July/August 2010 issue of Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition, we spoke with Erika Rottenberg--the general counsel, vice president and secretary of LinkedIn Corp., which launched in 2003, gaining 4,500 members within its first month. Professionals now join the networking site at a rate of more than two members per second, and, as of Nov. 3rd, the site's membership had risen to more than 135 million members around the globe. In this excerpt, Rottenberg talks about the importance of connections in her own career:

Martijn Steger on Seeing Through Others' Eyes

In the upcoming issue of Ohio Super Lawyers & Rising Stars, due out in January, Martijn Steger explains the philosophy that helped him build an international practice in an unlikely place: Columbus, Ohio. Steger is chair of international business at Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter, where he has worked for more than a quarter-century.

Unflappable: Daphne Webb stays level in the emotionally charged area of family law

WISL11.jpgTo clients and colleagues, Wisconsin family law attorney Daphne Webb, of the firm Stafford Rosenbaum in Madison, is unflappable.

Jeff Anderson on the Sex Abuse Scandal at Penn State

MNSL11.jpegEarlier this year we featured St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson of Jeff Anderson & Associates, who has been bringing clergy sex abuse suits against the Catholic Church since 1983, on the cover of Minnesota Super Lawyers. Anderson yesterday filed the first civil suit in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. He's representing a 29-year-old man who claims he was abused more than 100 times by the coach between 1992 and 1996. Anderson spoke to us this morning about how he became involved in the case, what these cases say about institutions and us, and when he'll be willing to commend Penn State. Here is an excerpt from that discussion.