Congratulations to Minneapolis writer Christy DeSmith for winning a bronze award in the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists contest for best magazine profile in Minnesota in 2011. She won for her vivid portrait of St. Paul attorney Jeffrey Anderson, who's renowned worldwide for his clergy-abuse cases against the Catholic Church, for Minnesota Super Lawyers. Read her award-winning piece here.
Last year in Texas Rising Stars we had occasion to ask Michelle Hartmann, a partner in the commercial litigation group at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, about the best advice she ever received. What she told us speaks to her role as both a lawyer and working mother, and how the two identities complement each other.
Appellate lawyer Glen Nager of Jones Day in Washington, D.C., was recently installed as president of the United States Golf Association (USGA). Dream gig, right? Sure, but it's also a lot of work, especially since he's doing it on top of his day job as chair of the firm's Issues & Appeals practice. We got the perennial member of the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list on the phone for a quick interview about his new challenge, which sounds like anything but a good walk spoiled.
We were saddened to learn of the passing of Tamara Hjelle Olsen of Gray Plant Mooty at the age of 51 after a year-long battle with cancer. She had made our Minnesota Super Lawyers list every year since 2003, often appearing on top lists, and had carved out a reputation as being not only one of the most accomplished attorneys in the state--in 2007 she became the firm's first female managing partner--but also one of the most warm. "She was universally recognized as one of the best employment and higher education lawyers, and was a sought-after public speaker," Bruce Mooty told the Star Tribune. "And her clients just loved her. Once clients had work with her, they didn't want to work with anybody else."
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.
When we wrote about Reince Priebus, a construction litigator with Michael Best & Friedrich who made our Rising Stars list in Wisconsin in 2009, we figured big things were in store for him. There were. Last week he was named the new chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), replacing Michael Steele. Preibus had previously served as the RNC's general counsel. The secret to all his productivity? "My IPhone and laptop. [They] get me through," he told us at the time. Read the rest of the article here.