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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.

Karen Koehler, a plaintiff's personal injury lawyer with Stritmatter Kessler Whelan Coluccio in Seattle, has been writing "The Velvet Hammer" (the nickname given to her by colleagues on the defense side) for about 1 ½ years.

"Deep in my heart, I am Pollyanna," says Koehler, whose blog offers trial tips, anecdotes and inspiration. "The public perception of trial lawyers is horrid," she says. "[My blog] is my fist raised high saying, 'Hey, we are real people, too.'

"It doesn't follow the mold of the typical boring, holier-than-thou lawyer blog. It is written for the audience: They will laugh at this. ... They will be surprised by this. ... This will help them. And it displays my vulnerability as a human being. ... The overwhelmingly positive response from both lawyers and nonlawyers tickles me silly."

Renowned food-safety expert William Marler, a plaintiff's personal injury lawyer with Seattle's Marler Clark, calls his blog "my personal passion." It is the place to go for information on foodborne illnesses and litigation involving food-safety issues. Marler started it in 2004.

"At first I was not sure why I was doing it, and I was not doing it very much and was doing it badly," says Marler, who is the central character in Jeff Benedict's 2011 book "Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat" (Inspire Books).

"It was not until the fall of 2006 (during massive spinach E. coli outbreak) that I really feel like I got my voice - which is part litigator and part food-safety advocate," says Marler. "I think since 2006 my blog has been the go-to place for what is happening in the world of food poisoning and food litigation."

Then there's Daniel Harris, an international lawyer with Harris & Moure in Seattle, who blogs at ChinaLawBlog.com. The blog's mission is to inform businesspeople - in a lively forum - about Chinese law and how it can be used to the best advantage by businesses already in China or planning to enter China. And intellectual property attorney Venkat Balasubramani, with Seattle's Focal, blogs at blog.ericgoldman.org, summarizing and commenting on court rulings that affect the Internet and other IP issues.

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The Best of 2013: Super Lawyers Top Lists

As 2013 comes to a close, Super Lawyers celebrates another year of recognizing excellence in practice with the release of our Top Lists.

What are Top Lists? Published in each state, the attorneys included on a Top List are have not only been selected to their state's Super Lawyers list-they have also scored the highest point totals during our patented selection process, which is comprised of peer nominations, independent research and peer evaluations.


(The Super Lawyers selection process; click to view full-size.)

Attorneys on a Top List are truly the best a state has to offer, and this year is no exception. Among this year's Top List attorneys are:

  • Carter G. Phillips (Top 10, Washington, D.C.), whose 76 arguments before the United States Supreme Court are the most of any attorney currently in private practice.
  • Ted Wells (Top 10, New York Metro), dubbed the "go-to guy" for defense in high-profile white-collar criminal cases and complex civil litigation.
  • Charla G. Aldous (Top 50 Women, Texas and Top 10, Texas), the personal injury attorney whose verdicts and settlements from 2000-2005 garnered more than $675 million.

"Super Lawyers is proud to provide visibility to outstanding attorneys," said Julie Gleason, Director of Research for Super Lawyers. "The Top Lists take that step to the next level by highlighting those attorneys who demonstrate a truly exceptional level of accomplishment."

The size and specifics of each Top List (Top 10, Top 50 Women, etc.) vary depending on the list's respective state or region, and the number of attorneys selected to the state's Super Lawyers list for the year.

If you've been selected to your state's Top List, there are some easy ways to promote this accomplishment: Download our Super Lawyers Promotional Kit for templates to use on your website, blog or social media channels.

To view the Top Lists by state or region, please visit SuperLawyers.com/TopLists.

David J. Beck Representing the University of Texas in Farrah Fawcett Case

Attorney David J. Beck of Beck Redden in Houston, a member of the Super Lawyers National Advisory Board, is representing the University of Texas at Austin in the dispute with actor Ryan O'Neal over an Andy Warhol portrait of Farrah Fawcett. The Charlie's Angels star left her collection of art to the university before her death of cancer in 2009, O'Neal, an old flame, has had possession of it since soon after her death and claims that the portrait is his.

The case was recently covered by the Today Show and CNN.com.

In addition to his prestigious position on the National Advisory Board, Beck was featured in a profile in the 2008 edition of Texas Super Lawyers magazine. 

2013 Super Lawyers Advisory Board Retreat: Recap

(Note: This content is posted on behalf of Heather Walker, Super Lawyers Sr. Director.)

At Super Lawyers, our vision is to provide unparalleled visibility for the attorneys and firms on our list. Just as the business of law is ever-changing, the best marketing solutions for lawyers also evolve. Super Lawyers hosts a variety of focus groups, regional events, sponsorships, trade shows, quarterly webinars and retreats to better understand today's attorney.


Super Lawyers recently completed our 2013 Advisory Board Retreat, held November 13-15 in Scottsdale, Arizona. Attendees included our National Advisory Board (well-known attorneys) and members of our Marketing Board (marketing directors). The group participated in broad sessions and small breakouts designed to generate ideas that will grow our businesses together.

While the weather and the location were truly exceptional, the best part was the valuable insights we received on how to:

  • Expand our print distribution nationally and regionally
  • Make our lists even more relevant to attorneys and consumers
  • Deliver online marketing solutions that drive business development for top law firms


A special thanks to our attendees. The group's engagement, honesty and strategy will be truly impactful to Super Lawyers' long-term success!

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