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.
As the Supreme Court begins its second week of hearings, we recognize a few of the attorneys appearing as counsel of record who have been listed in Super Lawyers.
Ashley Belleau has added a new title to her name: President.
More proof that driving and dialing is never a good idea.
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.
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.
- 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)
Lesbian flight nurse Margaret Witt, who was kicked out of the military in 2004 when it was discovered she was in a relationship with a civilian woman, was reinstated to the Air Force Reserve last week, thanks in large part to the work of James Lobsenz of Carney Badley Spellman in Seattle.
Seeing The Hurt Locker in the theater: $10. Buying The Hurt Locker on DVD: $25. Renting The Hurt Locker from Redbox: $1. Illegally downloading or sharing The Hurt Locker: up to $2,900--to settle with the Oscar-winning film's producer.
This is turning out to be one memorable summer for commercial litigator Stephen N. Zack of Boies Schiller & Flexner in Miami. In August he became the first Hispanic president of the American Bar Association, and in September he was named "Lawyer of the Year" by the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA).