January 2012 Archives

Jack Clifford: The Lawyer as Chevalier

Jack Clifford2.jpgOne can imagine a lawyer celebrating a win with a bottle of Cristal, but what does the lawyer who represents Cristal, along with many other beverage clients, celebrate with? We asked Jack Clifford, an intellectual property lawyer at Merchant & Gould, that very question.

Ken Ravenell on Making Justice Scalia Laugh

Ken Ravenell of The Murphy Firm in Baltimore, one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Maryland, and our cover subject in the 2012 issue of Maryland Super Lawyers, talks, in this exclusive clip, about his exchange with Justice Antonin Scalia in a case before the U.S. Supreme Court:

The Eight Recipients of the 2011 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award

Pro-Bono-Landing-Page.jpg Super Lawyers is proud to announce the eight recipients of the 2011 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award. The award honors legal professionals, students and institutions that exemplify excellence in the practice of law through offering volunteer legal services to the poor, disadvantaged or exploited.

The Lawyer Behind Stephen Colbert's Campaign

Potter.jpgTrevor Potter of the firm Caplin & Drysdale, a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers listee in 2008 and 2009, is in the spotlight these days for his political campaign work, which isn't unusual for him. He served as deputy general counsel for George H.W. Bush in 1988 and general counsel for John McCain in 2000 and 2008; he's used to working in big-time politics. But now he's doing something completely different: working in big-time comedy.

Former Wikipedia Foundation GC on Wikipedia's place between copyright liability and free speech

Today, websites including Google and Wordpress are protesting two bills by symbolically blacking out parts of their sites. Wikipedia, the online, user-generated encyclopedia, is taking it even further, by shutting its entire website--except pages related to the bills--for an entire 24 hours. The blackouts are meant to draw attention to the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R.3261) and the Protect IP Act (S.968). The bills seek to prevent piracy online by giving intellectual property owners the power to get court orders that can require search engines to stop linking to an offending site or prevent advertisers from continuing to advertise on the offending site.

Super Lawyers Listees Star In the Blogosphere

You don't have to be a super blogger to be on the Super Lawyers listing, but apparently it doesn't hurt. SL listees are well-represented on the American Bar Association Journal's annual list of its Top 100 favorite legal blogs. The rankings include a number of attorneys from our Washington state SL listing alone.

Jeffrey Wothers on Landing Lloyd's of London

Jeffrey-Wothers.jpg Jeffrey 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 and have been running blog-exclusive excerpts for the past few weeks.

A New GC at News Corp.

On Monday, News Corp. announced its new general counsel, Gerson Zweifach, whose position in Rupert Murdoch's media company will be effective Feb. 1, 2012. Zweifach, a partner at D.C.'s Williams & Connolly, has a robust practice, covering antitrust and securities matters, as well as media and first amendment cases. He has been selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list since 2007.

Carter Phillips and the Question of Content Regulation on Public Airwaves

cphillips2.jpg Carter Phillips of Sidely Austin, last year's cover subject in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, appeared yesterday before the U.S. Supreme Court to represent his client, Fox Television, in a case concerning FCC regulation of indecent content--such as fleeting expletives on awards shows or brief nudity on a show like NYPD Blue--on the public airwaves. We caught up with him to get his thoughts on the day's arguments.

Thomas Ahearne Scores Win for Education

Ahearne_Thomas_lg_LOW.jpgSeattle attorney Thomas Ahearne with Foster Pepper just landed a big win for public education at the Washington State Supreme Court. We asked the insurance/government law attorney about the ruling in favor of his clients, a coalition of parents, community groups, teachers and school districts who accused the state of failing to adequately fund schools.

Midsized and Thriving: Our Continued Conversation with Jeffrey Wothers

Jeffrey 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. The following is a blog-exclusive excerpt.

Roy DeCaro on What Juries See Right Through

decaro_head.jpgIf you want to know how to put on a jury trial, ask someone who's done more than 200. That was our thinking when we interviewed Philadelphia trial lawyer Roy DeCaro of Raynes McCarty. What we learned: it's some backbreaking work, and there are some things you don't want to do in front of strangers. Keep reading to learn more.

Book Talk with Robert Barnett

Barnett.jpegRobert Barnett of Williams & Connolly, whom we featured on the cover of Washington, DC Super Lawyers in 2007, is the lawyer that big-name authors want negotiating for them. Among his clients that maybe you have heard of: President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark. In this period in which the book industry is being dramatically reshaped thanks to the advent and booming popularity of cheaper e-books, we figured who better to check in on the plight of authors than Barnett? We got him on the phone Jan. 4 for a quick chat.

From the Vault: Jere Beasley's tractor safety victory

In the inaugural issue of Alabama Super Lawyers, back in 2008, we featured Jere Beasley, senior member of the firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles. Beasley is credited for ensuring a major tractor manufacturer incorporated rollover protection into its vehicles, thanks to a case he took to trial in September 1993. From the piece:

In the Latest Issue of Maryland Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Magazine...

MDSL12.jpgThe latest issue of Maryland Super Lawyers magazine is now available online, as a digital magazine, and, of course, in print.