September 2010 Archives

James Lobsenz: the lawyer who won Margaret Witt's reinstatement

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.

Hollywood finds a friend in Thomas Dunlap

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.

"...I have initial consults who walk in with the magazine in their hands..."

I've been reviewing the feedback from the readers of Super Lawyers magazine -- more than five thousand respondents to our latest readership survey. You're giving us meaningful feedback on the magazine, the nomination and selection process and on the honor of being named to the Super Lawyers list. On the latter, the feedback points to an increase in new clients and referrals, retention of existing clients, and recognition from colleagues and peers as a result of inclusion to the Super Lawyers list. 

In the new issue of Texas Super Lawyers

Stephen N. Zack's big summer

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).

Roger Clemens plays hardball

As a pitcher, Roger Clemens didn't merely get hitters out. He dominated them, brushed them back, threw at their heads. He sent messages. That dominating aspect of his personality apparently works less well off the field.

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.

In the new issue of Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

  • Jon Muth of Miller Johnson, who tells us, among other things, what it was like representing Morris Dees and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

  • R. Terrance Rader of Rader, Fishman & Grauer, the intellectual property attorney who ended up with Neil Young, Farrah Fawcett and KISS as clients.

  • David Haron of Frank, Haron, Weiner & Navarro, who describes what it's like to represent whistleblowers.

  • And Sue Ellen Eisenberg of Sue Ellen Eisenberg and Associates, who helped write federal guidelines for workplace harassment.

In the new issue of Super Lawyers-Corporate Counsel

  • Randy Milch, general counsel of Verizon Communications, takes us through a "nonstop wild ride" that led to one of the largest mergers in U.S. business history.

  • Laurence Wilson of Yelp explains how the consumer review website keeps focused on tomorrow.

  • Mark Jackson of Dow Jones tells us how he finds himself at a place where law and journalism intersect.

  • And Roger Wilson of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on what the 2,000-page health care reform bill means for his organization.

In the new issue of New York Super Lawyers - Metro Edition

  • Gary Naftalis of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, who has spent more than four decades representing some of the biggest names in white-collar litigation history: Enron, Michael Eisner (former Disney chairman), WorldCom, Tyco, GlobalCrossing, and the New York Stock Exchange.

  • The four commandments of labor law attorney Debra Raskin of Vladeck Waldman Elias & Engelhard, which are: "never cross a picket line, never vote Republican, never work for management, and never buy retail."

  • Back stage with five Broadway lawyers--Elliot Brown of Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo; Seth Gelblum of Loeb & Loeb; Loren Plotkin of Levine Plotkin & Menin; Nancy Rose of Schreck Rose Dapello Adams & Hurwitz; and Jean Ward of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

  • And an interview with the legendary Joseph H. Flom of Skadden, Aarps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

The lawyers arguing the historic Wal-Mart Case

The largest employment discrimination case in U.S. history, involving more than a million women accusing Wal-Mart Stores of unfair pay and promotions, could face the Supreme Court nearly a decade after the suit was filed. This case of national significance for class action law is being handled on all sides by attorneys selected to Super Lawyers lists. Theodore Boutrous Jr. (Southern California Super Lawyers, 2005 to 2010) represents Wal-Mart. Joseph Sellers (Washington DC Super Lawyers, 2007 to 2010) and Brad Seligman (Northern California Super Lawyers, 2005 to 2009) are among the lawyers representing the plaintiffs. Wal-Mart is asking the Supreme Court to review whether the suit should have involved individual filings rather than proceeding as a class action lawsuit, which could cost the retail giant more than $1 billion in damages.