As January comes to a close we wanted to recap some of the editorial features for the four magazines released this past month: 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine and the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine.
2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine
Be sure to check out our front cover piece on catastrophic personal injury and class action litigation attorney Edward G. (Woody) Connette from Esex Richards. In addition to representing plaintiffs in challenging lawsuits, the longtime Super Lawyers list selectee has taken active leadership roles with nonprofits ranging from The Light Factory, a small photographic arts group in Charlotte, to two-year stints as president of both the state and national United Cerebral Palsy organizations. "He feels we are only as great as we treat our most disadvantaged citizens," says Phelps Sprinkle, former executive vice president of the state group, who worked closely with Connette for years.
His staff once even ordered a collection of WWWD ("What Would Woody Do?") mugs as a surprise.
But helping the disadvantaged through the law wasn't the plan. In fact, there wasn't much of an original plan.
2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine
In this issue, James Boren of Jones Walker talks about his criminal defense practice and dedicating his life to tough cases in which clients' lives are often on the line. In 2015, he represented La'el Collins, an LSU standout who now plays for the Dallas Cowboys, when local police wanted to question him after his ex-girlfriend was murdered in Baton Rouge. At the time, Collins was in Chicago for the NFL draft, and the investigation threatened to hurt his status with distraction-averse teams.
"The office was surrounded by cameras and people who wanted to take statements, so we set up an alternate spot to meet with the client," Boren says. "We limited the amount of contact we had with the media until the last day, after we met with the police department and they said he was no longer a suspect. In the meantime, I spent a lot of time talking to football teams and investigators who wanted to know what his story was. The media makes things more complicated, and I don't like it."
2017 Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine
Our front cover features Patrick Salvi, the founder and managing partner of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C., with offices in Chicago and Waukegan, Illinois. Salvi describes his style as "formal and old school," but says he opens up a bit on cross: "I am tough in the cross-examination of witnesses, wherein it's okay to be tough, and in terms of showing my passion to the jury."
In 2015's Neuhengen v. Global Experience Specialists Inc., Salvi's client was an Iraq War veteran whose foot was run over by a forklift while he was setting up for a show at the McCormick Place convention center in downtown Chicago. The man's foot was badly injured and he had to give up his post in the National Guard.
One of the defense lawyers in the case, Adrian Mendoza of Lillig & Thorsness in Oak Brook, says, "Pat is always extremely well prepared. He builds his case well. He's tenacious, but I always thought of him as a gentleman."
While the jury deliberated, Salvi finalized a $14 million settlement; the jury's net verdict was $12.5 million.
2017 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine
In this issue, Brian Sinn of Jones Day talks about his criminal defense practice and his work promoting Chinese-American advancement in the U.S. One of the biggest cases of his career landed on his desk later, in private practice.
In 1999, Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwanese scientist then working for the University of California's Los Alamos National Library, was accused by the federal government of stealing U.S. nuclear secrets and handing them to China. Lee was locked up in solitary confinement for nine months at Los Alamos. The case gained national attention when The New York Times ran a cover story that was heavily weighted against Lee. A colleague of Sun's, Mark Holscher (then with O'Melveny & Myers), first received the Lee case. He called Sun to ask whether he should take it.
"I said, 'Mark, I can't speak for you, but cases like this come along only once or twice in a career,'" remembers Sun. "He had the courage to take it on. I always will remember him stepping up when others stepped back."
Holscher and John Cline, a former partner in Williams & Connolly, led the criminal case, while Sun handled the civil side. He also repped Lee's family, who was being subpoenaed, and dealt with the media, cautioning news organizations to stop printing false stories. At the same time, he took a leap into the journalistic tiger cage: He let Lee be interviewed by Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes.
We hope you enjoyed this review of our latest Super Lawyers Magazines. Be sure to visit http://www.superlawyers.com/about/digital_magazine.html to see all our digital editions.
We all know Super Lawyers selectees are the best of the best, exemplifying excellence in practice in all 50 states. They are selected because of peer recognition, achievements and verdicts or settlements. But what does excellence look like in action for Super Lawyers selectees? Here are just a few examples.
David Boeis- David Boeis of Boies Schiller & Flexner led a successful class action suit against the oil giant Halliburton. The process was not quick. The case lasted fourteen years and went through two decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court. Ultimately Halliburton settled the suit for $100 million.
Thomas V. Girardi - Congratulations to Mr. Girardi for his selection as Man of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP). The IAOTP is honoring Mr. Girardi for his over 50-plus years of distinguished service that includes the first settlement of over $1 million in the state of California. His notable wins include the Erin Brokovich case and victories over Merck and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Thomas H. Prol - Thomas H. Prol was recently awarded the Women's Political Caucus of New Jersey's Social Just Award. Mr. Prol has worked closely on cases involving marriage equality and anti-bullying in his home state. When not taking up civil rights causes, he practices environmental law and government contracts.
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With the recent release of the 2017 Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine we wanted to take a look back at the cover feature for our first ever magazine in that region. Legendary Los Angeles IP litigator Morgan Chu has been making headlines his entire career-including in the pages of Super Lawyers. Here we look back at Chu's journey to the law and his incredible career, as first written in the 2004 edition of Southern California Super Lawyers Magazine.
Thinking he would be a professional student all his life, Chu enrolled in a Ph.D. program at UCLA, studying urban educational policy and planning. "I never thought of being a lawyer growing up," Morgan said. "Learning some law just seemed like the thing to do at the time." So he ambled into Harvard. A summer job at Irell & Manella led to his starting work there for good, following a year-long clerkship for a judge, in 1977. If you're doing the math on this, no need to recheck your figures: Chu earned a B.A., an M.A., a Ph.D., and a J.D. in eight years. And, oh yeah, he picked up an M.S.L. (master scholar of law) along the way, too.
The same inclination toward learning that attracted Chu to the life of the professional student satisfied him as a lawyer. Working a patent case required an intimate understanding of complex issues, often relating to technology, and Chu said he relishes coming to know the ins and outs of new concepts in, say , software or biotech.
"I get to sit down with the smartest people in the world on these matters and ask a lot of dumb questions, and they'll spend all day with us answering them," Chu said. "These people would not offer that service to the richest person in the world, because it's a waste of their time. So I get to learn this fascinating new technology, what they're doing and how they're solving problems - on a personal tutorial basis - and at the end of the day they're paying me?!"
Chu is not only a 14-time Super Lawyers list selectee, he also serves on the Super Lawyers Advisory Board and has been selected to 28 different top lists since 2004. To learn more about his practice, visit his profile on SuperLawyers.com. To read the full feature article on Mr. Chu, click here.