Posts tagged "Super Lawyers"

Susan S. Brewer, Steptoe & Johnson's CEO, on Courtroom Style and Women's Progress in Law

In the upcoming July issue of Virginia Super Lawyers, we'll feature a story on Susan Brewer, CEO of Steptoe & Johnson. She's the first woman to lead a major West Virginia firm, and while we offer a look at that role in her story, below are a few more nuggets from her interview that didn't make it in.

Happy Anniversary Super Lawyers & Thomson Reuters

This week, Super Lawyers marks our one year anniversary with Thomson Reuters. It's been a great year indeed, and it's been an honor to tell the stories of amazing attorneys from a platform that continues to grow with the help of Thomson Reuters, FindLaw and Hubbard. As a twenty-year member of the Thomson Reuters family via West Publishing, I feel as if Super Lawyers is really at home here. Our motto at West was to provide "better service to the bench and bar," and of course, Thomson Reuters Trust Principles reinforce what Super Lawyers has always stood for -- freedom from bias and dissemination of information. At Super Lawyers, we name the attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice, as evidenced by their nomination by peers and the findings of our independent research team. You can't buy your way onto our list or into our editorial. We disseminate our lists widely so that consumers who need an attorney can use them as input to their important hiring decision. And we surround the lists with editorial that tells the stories of these attorneys who set the bar as jurists, community members and people. It's been a great year for Super Lawyers and I have no doubt 2011 will be even better.

It's better to be nice than right

Lately I've been traveling the country to meet with attorneys who have been selected to the Super Lawyers list. I've assembled an advisory board, which will be announced in the near future, of lawyers from all firm sizes who are perennially on a Super Lawyers top list in their states. There is something universal about these highly successful and effective practitioners. They are nice. And engaging. And responsive. Our editorial team has found that "the bigger the wig the more gracious they are." Indeed, one attorney told me of a plaque that he keeps on his desk that reads, "It's better to be nice than right." Of course he can say that because he usually wins, but by all outward accounts these are not just words but a way of life.

John S. Johnston speaks for 30,000 Missouri lawyers

Personal injury attorney John S. Johnston of Kansas City, Mo., is no stranger to being called Mr. Prez. In 1998 he was president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association. In 2003, he took the top role at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation. And now he's gone statewide.

Sean Summers and the clash between free speech and basic human needs

When Rev. Fred Phelps and members of his Westboro Baptist Church picketed a U.S. Marine's funeral in Maryland in 2006, with signs reading, "You're going to hell," "Thank God for dead soldiers," and "America is doomed," it didn't take long for the story to spread across the nation. The father of the soldier, Albert Snyder, who lives in York, Pennsylvania, sued, and today arguments for Snyder v. Phelps will be presented in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is tasked with deciding whether Phelps can claim freedom of speech protections for his actions.

Dan Stormer takes privacy argument to Supreme Court

The first Monday of October marks the start of a new term for the U.S. Supreme Court, and on Tuesday, the court will hear arguments for NASA V. Nelson, which addresses an employee's constitutional right to informational privacy. The case stems from a lawsuit filed by 28 scientists and engineers who are contract workers at the NASA-owned Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

Talent abounds among applicants for BP litigation steering committee

Last Monday was the deadline for lawyers to apply for a prized spot on the plaintiffs' steering committee that will lead the multidistrict litigation against BP over the oil spill. Deciding who will make it onto the panel won't be easy. So far, there have been over 300 lawsuits filed by more than 100 lawyers, many of whom have appeared regularly on a Super Lawyers or a Rising Stars list. These talented lawyers include:

  • Kurt Arnold: Arnold & Itkin, Texas Rising Stars (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010)
  • Richard Arsenault: Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Dawn Barrios: Barrios, Kingsdorf & Casteix, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Daniel E. Becnel: Jr., on behalf of his firm, Becnel Law Firm, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007, 2010)
  • Scott Bickford: Martzell & Bickford, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007 -2010)
  • David Boies: New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition (2007-2010)
  • Anthony (Tony) Buzbee: The Buzbee Law Firm, Texas Rising Stars (2004), Texas Super Lawyers (2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Elizabeth Cabraser: Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, Northern California Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Brent Coon: Brent Coon and Associates, Texas Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Lewis "Mike" Eidson: Colson Hicks Eidson, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Calvin Faynard: Fayard & Honeycutt, Southern California Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Thomas Girardi: Girardi Keese Southern California Super Lawyers (2004-2010)
  • Ervin Gonzalez: Colson Hicks Eidson, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Stuart Z Grossman: Grossman Roth, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Stephen Herman: Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Rhon Jones: Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, Alabama Super Lawyers (2009-2010)
  • Mark Lanier: The Lanier Law Firm, Texas Super Lawyers (2003-2010)
  • Walter Leger Jr.: Leger & Shaw, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Ronald Motley: Motley Rice, South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • Mike Papantonio: Levin Papantonio, Florida Super Lawyers (2006 to 2010)
  • Ronnie Penton: Law Offices of Ronnie G. Penton, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • Joseph Rice: Motley Rice, South Carolina Super Lawyers (2008 -2010)
  • James Roy, Domengeaux: Wright, Roy & Edwards, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007 -2010)
  • Christian Searcy: Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, Florida Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Christopher Seeger: Seeger Weiss, New York Super Lawyers (2006-2010)
  • Matthew Shaffer: Schechter McElwee Shaffer & Harris, Texas Super Lawyers (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • James Singleton: Singleton Law Firm, Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2010)
  • Scott Summy: Baron & Budd, Texas Super Lawyers (2008-2010)
  • K. Luan Tran: Lee Tran & Liang, Southern California Rising Stars (2005-2007)
  • Perry Weitz: Weitz & Luxenberg, New York Super Lawyers-Metro Edition (2006-2010)
  • John Eddie Williams Jr.: Williams Kherkher Hart Boundas, Texas Super Lawyers (2003 -2010)

A Rising Star becomes a Real Housewife

Phaedra C. Parks has been on the Georgia Rising Stars list since 2005, and was featured in a cover story in 2007, but now is about to get really famous: she will be on the next season of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta, premiering October 4th.