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Frank Branson was a lousy waiter, but what a lawyer

In the current issue of Texas Super Lawyers, Frank Branson, a perennial top 10 lawyer on our lists, reveals that being fired from Steak & Ale was the biggest boost to his legal career. Read the complete story of this plaintiff powerhouse. 

Racehorse Still Running

 Racehorse Haynes has no plans to slow down. A member of the Texas Bar since 1956, the 82 year-old legend dispenses some sage advice in the just released 2009 Texas Super Lawyers magazine: The one book every lawyer should read and then re-read every year; how he got his nickname; how he stumbled upon his first courtroom win -- it's all here

The Most Inspirational Lawyer Ever?

When in her confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court Sonia Sotamayor discussed the influence of Perry Mason on her career, it got us thinking, what do the lawyers named to Super Lawyers think of the TV lawyer icon? Turns out they think a lot. Here are just a handful of the many comments about the TV lawyer that have made it into the pages of Super Lawyers.
 
Deryck Palmer of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft:
“If I had to trace the origins [of my fascination] with law, it goes back to when I was a young child. You may laugh, but I watched Perry Mason and I was very impressed. Raymond Burr did an excellent job of capturing the impact lawyers can have.”

Above the Law turns 3

 The gossipy, irreverent, and occasionally, newsbreaking blog Above the Law celebrates its third anniversary today. In looking over the debut post, Letter from the Editor, from three years ago, we have to say the blog has certainly remained true to its mission of having fun with the law. Happy anniversary to one of our favorite sites!

Washington state's top law schools

 The University of Washington has the most graduates on this year's Washington Super Lawyers list (248 graduates, or 23 percent of the list). Check out our list of the ten law schools that produced the most graduates on the 2009 list. 

Super Lawyers in the News: Minnesota legend Harry Sieben

Great article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Harry Sieben (Minnesota Super Lawyers 1991 to present), now stepping down as managing partner of Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey -- the "Know your rights" law firm.

Temple Grads Top Pennsylvania Super Lawyers List

 Temple University Beasley School of Law has the most graduates on the 2009 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list (332 graduates, 15 percent of the list), followed by Villanova (294, 13 percent) and the University of Pennsylvania (250, 11 percent).