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.