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The Seven Recipients of the 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award

Super Lawyers is proud to announce the seven recipients of the 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award. The Awards honor legal professionals, students, and institutions that exemplify excellence in the practice of law through offering volunteer legal services to the poor, disadvantaged or exploited.

"Super Lawyers is honored to recognize and reward the pro bono efforts of the seven award recipients who went above and beyond to provide legal services to the poor, the disadvantaged, the underrepresented and the exploited," says Cindy Larson, Publisher, Super Lawyers.

"At Super Lawyers we bring visibility to excellence in the practice of law. The attorneys, firms and programs receiving the awards demonstrate such excellence in practice for those in need and serve as an inspiration to the entire legal profession."

The 2012 Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award recipients include:

·      Steven M. Lieberman, Attorney; Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, P.C.; Washington, DC

Worked to uphold the protection of voting rights of all religious voters and expanded voter participation in all District of Columbia special elections, among many other efforts.

·      Pearl Law Group, Law Firm; San Francisco, CA

Obtained a visitor visa for an elderly Chinese woman to see her grandchild for the first time; helped an Indian spiritual leader and healer to enter the US to conduct healing workshops; and helped a father of two young children who suffers from immune system disorders successfully avoid deportation.

·      J. Robert Linneman, Attorney; Santen & Hughes; Cincinnati, OH

Fought to defend the civil rights of the protestors involved in the Occupy Cincinnati movement.

·      Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Law Firm; Washington, DC

Helped secure a landmark decision for seven Somali plaintiffs who brought claims of extrajudicial killing, torture, and war crimes against General Ali Samantar.

·      West Virginia University College of Law - Clinical Law Program; Morgantown, WV

Enabled students to gain experience in multiple practice areas through the Immigration Clinic as well as the Veterans' Assistance Project.

·      Jennifer Cunha, Law Student; University of Wisconsin Law School; Madison, WI

Served as president of Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief, assisting public interest attorneys in post-disaster areas, and expanded and supported the law school's Pro Bono Program.

·      Pittsburgh Pro Bono Partnership, Collaboration; Pittsburgh, PA

Provided direct legal service to needy families and individuals within the Pittsburgh community through its collaboration of 34 law firms and legal departments.

To learn more about each award recipient, click here and look for the special Pro Bono Digital Edition of Super Lawyers Magazine coming out in May 2013.

A special thank you to the Super Lawyers Pro Bono Awards sponsor, TCF Bank.

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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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