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Ted Olson's Memories of Ronald Reagan

Ted.jpgWe recently had a chance to ask Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher about his experiences working with Ronald Reagan, both as his Solicitor General and personal lawyer. As you can see, the Gipper left quite an impression on Olson.

"I was very, very fortunate to work him long before he was President. His legal work was done by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and I was a participant, along with William French Smith, who became Attorney General, on Ronald Reagan's legal matters, and then I wrote his blind trust when he became President. I also worked with him as Assistant Attorney General and represented him during the Iran-Contra matter, which lasted several years. I spent time at his home reading his diary and Mrs. Reagan's diary in connection with that.

"President Reagan was enormously warm and generous in spirit as a human being; he was always trying to put whomever he was with at ease. Humor was his technique for making someone relaxed. He had an immense amount of confidence in himself and his ideas but was still an enormously humble man. He never felt better or greater or more distinguished than the people that he was talking to, no matter who he was talking to. He was once urged during a campaign to be photographed walking on the beach in short-sleeves and he said the people wouldn't believe that, that's not me, I am going to be myself.

"It was remarkable to see how steadfast he was in believing that he had to be successful in reducing taxes and dealing with the Soviet Union and bringing about control of nuclear weapons and the end of the Iron Curtain and the Cold War. He believed he could accomplish these things and I believe that his determination and his personality and his character were decisive factors in changing our world. If you grew up in those days, as I did, thinking that any day there could be a thermonuclear war that could end existence on this planet, and now that seems so far in the distant past. It's a different world because of him."

Look for more from Olson in an upcoming issue of Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers magazine.

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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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