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Ted Olson's Going Rate: $1,800 an Hour

Olson-2.jpgIn recently disclosed court filings in the bankruptcy case of LightSquare Inc., a wireless-networking venture, it was revealed that Ted Olson of Gibson Dunn, whom we featured in our most recent edition of Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, billed $1,800 an hour for his services. That's the highest rate ever to be publicly disclosed, according to Valeo Partners, a Washington, D.C. consulting firm that maintains a database of legal rates pulled from court filings and other public information.

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.

John Garvish's Lesson from Law School: It's Not About Who Talks Most

Garvish.jpegIn the most recent issue of Texas Rising Stars, which is available now online and in digital form, we asked John Garvish of McKool Smith in Austin one simple question: "What was your most memorable experience from law school?" What he told us was illuminating, not only about classroom life, but life life.

The Lawyer Behind Stephen Colbert's Campaign

Potter.jpgTrevor Potter of the firm Caplin & Drysdale, a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers listee in 2008 and 2009, is in the spotlight these days for his political campaign work, which isn't unusual for him. He served as deputy general counsel for George H.W. Bush in 1988 and general counsel for John McCain in 2000 and 2008; he's used to working in big-time politics. But now he's doing something completely different: working in big-time comedy.

Carter Phillips and the Question of Content Regulation on Public Airwaves

cphillips2.jpg Carter Phillips of Sidely Austin, last year's cover subject in Washington, DC Super Lawyers, appeared yesterday before the U.S. Supreme Court to represent his client, Fox Television, in a case concerning FCC regulation of indecent content--such as fleeting expletives on awards shows or brief nudity on a show like NYPD Blue--on the public airwaves. We caught up with him to get his thoughts on the day's arguments.

Roy DeCaro on What Juries See Right Through

decaro_head.jpgIf you want to know how to put on a jury trial, ask someone who's done more than 200. That was our thinking when we interviewed Philadelphia trial lawyer Roy DeCaro of Raynes McCarty. What we learned: it's some backbreaking work, and there are some things you don't want to do in front of strangers. Keep reading to learn more.

Book Talk with Robert Barnett

Barnett.jpegRobert Barnett of Williams & Connolly, whom we featured on the cover of Washington, DC Super Lawyers in 2007, is the lawyer that big-name authors want negotiating for them. Among his clients that maybe you have heard of: President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, James Patterson, Mary Higgins Clark. In this period in which the book industry is being dramatically reshaped thanks to the advent and booming popularity of cheaper e-books, we figured who better to check in on the plight of authors than Barnett? We got him on the phone Jan. 4 for a quick chat.