May 2012 Archives

Florida Super Lawyers: Details, Details

In the 2012 issue of Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars, coming out soon, a close look at the numbers reveals some interesting details about our Super Lawyers listees. The average attorney on our 2012 list has been in practice for 29.92 years.

Super Solicitors General

Jeffrey Toobin, staff writer for The New Yorker, and author of the books "The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court" and "The Oath: The Obama White House vs. the Supreme Court" (out in September), has written a fascinating piece, called "Money Unlimited," on the Citizens United decision.

Ted Olson: the Super Lawyers interview

Olson-2.jpgOur discussion with Ted Olson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, who's arguably the most powerful private-sector lawyer in the world right now, is available here. He comments on Bush v. Gore, Citizens United and why he considers his work on Proposition 8 more imporant than either one of them.

Howard Talenfeld Fosters Hope

Civil rights attorney Howard Talenfeld, with Colodny, Fass, Talenfeld, Karlinsky & Abate in Fort Lauderdale, has focused his career on improving the lives of Florida's foster children. He talked with us about his work in the 2011 issue of Florida Super Lawyers & Rising Stars. In addition to fighting for their rights in the courtroom, he organized an advocacy group called Florida's Children First.

Being Atticus: Bearing the Name of America's Most Revered Lawyer

atticus-wegman.jpg Atticus Wegman of Aitken*Aitken*Cohn in Santa Ana, Calif., a listee in the 2012 issue of Southern California Rising Stars, has the distinction of being the first lawyer named Atticus on any of our Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists. In part two of our two-part interview, Wegman talks about the positives and negatives of being named for the most famous and revered fictional lawyer of all time. (Part one can be read here.)

Donn Beloff on Buying Burger King

Burger King is about to go public again, after being taken private about two years ago by 3G Capital. Donn Beloff, a mergers and acquisitions attorney in Fort Lauderdale, is heading up the Greenberg Traurig team representing Justice Holdings, a London investment firm. Justice is paying $1.4 billion to 3G Capital in a leveraged buyout for about 29 percent control of the fast-food chain.

Atticus Wegman: How the Class of 2010 Found Work

atticus-wegman.jpg Atticus Wegman of Aitken*Aitken*Cohn in Santa Ana, Calif., a listee in the 2012 issue of Southern California Rising Stars, has the distinction of being the first lawyer named Atticus on any of our Super Lawyers or Rising Stars lists. In part one of our two-part interview, Wegman, a civil litigation attorney who graduated from Chapman University School of Law in May 2010, talks about how he found employment in this tough legal job market.

Dorsey & Whitney Turns 100

Venerable Minneapolis-based law firm Dorsey & Whitney turned 100 over the weekend with a panoply of festivities, including a walleye-and-steak dinner for 1,000 Saturday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Gives us occasion to look back at our wide-ranging discussion last year with the managing partner of the firm, Marianne Short, which you can find here.

Carter Phillips Takes the Reins at Sidley Austin

Phillips.jpgIt was announced today that Carter Phillips, renowned Washington, D.C., appellate lawyer, and owner of the current record for most stand-ups before the U.S. Supreme Court (71 at last count), has been named head of the executive committee at Sidley Austin. Congrats to Phillips, and to read our interview with him from last year, just go here.