February saw the release of three new magazines: Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine, San Diego Super Lawyers Magazine and Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine. The new issues introduce the attorneys in Atlanta influenced by early civil rights leaders, the politest lawyer in Indiana and a man out of San Diego who understands the modern attention span. Super Lawyers selectees are nominated because of their success in the field which comes from unique and diverse backgrounds. As these Super Lawyers Magazines proves, each has a story to tell.
Successful attorneys may have a reputation as being cutthroat, but that doesn't mean they can't be kind. That's the case for M. Michael Stephenson of McNeely Stephenson in Shelbyville, Indiana. Stephenson is a dogged trial attorney whose reputation for cross-examination is excellent. Still, he does it while maintaining a calm, polite veneer. Getting to the truth in a case is tough and can sometimes require aggressive tactics, but Stephenson says if he does so "professionally and politely, the jury will admire my work."
Stephenson came from a working class background, attending Indiana University School of Law after an undergraduate degree at Eastern Kentucky University. Since his early days starting out in trial cases he has adapted to new technology quickly and has maintained his polite reputation through 35 years of practice.
Atlanta has been a hotbed of civil rights activities for more than a century, but it was the 1960s with the likes of John Lewis and Diane Nash that made the city one of the South's capitals of African-American culture and resistance. Today attorneys throughout the city are still affected by the legacy of early civil rights leaders. In this issue's cover story, seven Super Lawyers selectees discuss the impact the civil rights struggle had on them and how African-American attorneys have helped transform the city into what it is today.
Many faced harsh struggles as young professionals in a city still suffering from the affects of segregation. But the Super Lawyer selectees interviewed also recognized Atlanta early on in their careers as a city where they could prosper. Their stories help shed light on a city with a mixed and complicated record on civil rights.
Let's face it, attention spans aren't what they used to be. Maybe it's technology but no matter the culprit attorneys are beginning to tailor their styles to juries whose minds wander a little more than they used to. Super Lawyers selectee Craig McClellan of The McClellan Law Firm understands this and works to simplify complicated and dense arguments into easily understandable sound bites. It's one of the reasons he's successful as a personal injury attorney. McClellan specializes in automobile accidents and even has his own garage where on any given day there may be several vehicles that experts are poring over for details to help in their case.
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.
Super Lawyers selectees are diverse, uniquely talented individuals who thrive in a variety of practice areas. Because of their success, Super Lawyers selectees oftentimes make headlines for a number of reasons. This could be because of newsworthy cases or important causes they champion. Here are just a few headlines Super Lawyers selectees made in the month of February.
James Wagstaffe- James Wagstaffe of Kerr & Wagstaffe recently won a wrongful termination suit against Biotech Company Bio-Rad for his client, the company's former general counsel Sandford Wadler. Ultimately it was the metadata, information stored about online data, that did it-it was discovered that the company lied about the timing of an employee review never seen by the defendant which was found after computer analysis. Mr. Wagstaffe used his unique approach of story-telling, humor and self-deprecation that has helped him relate to juries over his 35 year career.
Gloria Neuwirth- While still fighting for issues like equal pay and equal representation, womens' rights have come a long way in the legal industry since Gloria Neuworth graduated from Yale Law School in the mid-1950s. Recently she sat down with The Guardian to share her trials and tribulations as a young female attorney navigating her legal career.
Dick DeGeurin- As Robert Durst's case continues, more evidence and witnesses come out of the woodwork, creating an increasing burden on the real estate heir's defense attorneys. One of them, Super Lawyers selectee Dick DeGeurin, was recently tasked with cross-examining a key witness. He spent several hours grilling advertising executive Nick Chavin over key details in the witness's statement to authorities as well as his ties to Durst's younger brother Douglas. DeGeuren helped shed light on inconsistencies in Chavin's testimony.
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Over the past ten years Todd Spodek, founder at Spodek Law Group P.C., has built his law practice into a high-demand New York City trial law firm, based on positive results and high-profile court cases. From Fox News to Entrepreneur.com to Entertainment Tonight Todd relishes the idea of his firm being noticed in a crowded marketplace. We spoke with Todd briefly about his first Rising Stars list selection as well as everything from Instagram to online marketing.
Q: It's not every day you see a law firm with an Instagram account. Why in particular did you decide to explore that social media platform?
A: We are a young, ambitious law firm and I want to be relevant to my clients where they are. Meaning if our clients are going to be active on social media, I want to provide them a vehicle to connect with us.
I think the best way to describe our Instagram presence is kind of an academic, pop culture, legal blog through Instagram. Basically we take topics that people are already talking about on social media and we tie it in with legal commentary. The truth is, not everyone is going to visit Google and type in "DUI". Oftentimes they might type in "Jay Z" and we want to be visible for people who search for things like that as well.
Q: Your firm recently earned a significant award. Can you tell me more about that?
A: This past fall we were extremely fortunate to make Entrepreneur Magazine's 2016 list of America's best privately-owned companies. Entrepreneur invited companies to apply for the award and then be evaluated based on four metrics: impact, innovation, growth, and leadership. The result is the Entrepreneur 360 list.
For a firm of our size, to be recognized nationally like this really reinforces that we are a desired location for professionals to thrive in their career. It was indeed an honor and we hope to be included for many more years to come.
Q: What does it mean to you to be selected as a Rising Stars list selectee in the New York Metro?
A: You know it seems like more and more there are other attorney rating services popping up here and there and not sticking around. The thing that I've always respected about the Super Lawyers business is it's a legitimate, tangible vetting process that has stood the test of time.
The other thing is that past clients and current clients are able to view this achievement and it can be something that distinguishes your firm when it comes to a hiring decision.
Q: What continues to entice you to invest in online marketing with Super Lawyers and FindLaw?
A: We're looking for complex and large-scale cases because that's what we excel at. Ideally our marketing efforts will put my firm in front of a large enough audience that more people will call us for a free consultation to see whether we're the right fit.
By putting my firm in front of more eyes the chance that a prospective client calls us is much greater. Now getting the call is the first step. Obviously from there we need to be able to provide the type of service they're interested in and obtain a suitable result. But if you don't get the call there's no way to accomplish that.
Meaning if you have the best trial team in New York City, but nobody knows you exist what does it matter?
To learn more about Todd and his team at Spodek Law Group P.C., visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.