October 2011 Archives

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyer Dennis Coffey Foresees Booming Business

In the next issue of Wisconsin Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine, out in November, Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer Dennis P. Coffey of Mawicke & Goisman, talks about what he's learned from his more than 400 jury trials. In this blog-exclusive portion of the Q&A, Coffey, below, talks about the number of regular citizens who may soon find themselves part of criminal proceedings ...

Leo Boyle and the Largest Pro Bono Effort in History

boyle.jpgIn the upcoming issue of New England Super Lawyers, writer Nick DiUlio profiles cover subject Leo V. Boyle, a personal injury attorney with Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow in Boston. Boyle was instrumental in the effort to establish Trial Lawyers Care, an organization for which more than 1500 attorneys volunteered their time to represent the victims of 9/11 and their families. TLC became the largest pro bono effort ever.

Corboy & Demetrio Creates Soccer-Safety PSAs

SSK - Color LOW.jpgChicago law firm Corboy & Demetrio has produced three public-service announcement videos warning parents about the dangers of unanchored soccer goals. The PSAs feature the Tran family of Vernon Hills, who lost their 6-year-old son, Zachary, when a soccer goal fell on him in 2003, striking his head. Personal injury attorney Shawn Kasserman with Corboy & Demetrio secured a $3 million settlement for the family in its suit against the park district, soccer associations and goal maker. He also helped in the family's efforts to get Zach's Law passed in August 2011, making Illinois the first state to ban the sales and manufacture of moveable goals unless they are tip-resistant. Organizations owning moveable soccer goals must also create soccer-goal safety policies.

Nominations Now Open for Inaugural Super Lawyers Pro Bono Award

The-Link-Pro-Bono-V2.jpgAs a company that researches lawyers every day, Super Lawyers hears many inspiring stories. From improving foster care, to fighting worldwide malnutrition, to representing those on death row, legal professionals and law students are working hard every day to better their communities and provide legal assistance to underrepresented groups. We believe such efforts deserve to be recognized.

From the Vault: Paul Frye Wins Big for the Navajo Nation

In the 2008 issue of Southwest Super Lawyers, we profiled Albuquerque-based attorney Paul Frye, who practices Native American law. He's spent his career representing the Navajo Nation against government misconduct. An excerpt:

Entertainment Lawyer Ken Abdo Strives to be Tom Hagen

Ken-Abdo-5209-RET-web-72dpi.jpgWhen you think entertainment lawyers you usually think New York or Los Angeles, not Minneapolis. But Ken Abdo of Lommen Abdo is changing that. Just ask chart-toppers Adam "Owl City" Young or Jonny Lang. They'll tell you their careers are being handled just fine by the man from 10,000 lakes (and songs).

Milwaukee Criminal Defense Lawyer Dennis Coffey on The War on Drugs

In the next issue of Wisconsin Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine, Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer Dennis P. Coffey of Mawicke & Goisman, talks about what he's learned from his more than 400 jury trials. In this blog-exclusive portion of the Q&A, Coffey, below, talks about the disconnect between state budgets and the War on Drugs:

From the Vault: The Toughest Cases of Defense Lawyer Hubert Santos

In the 2008 issue of New England Super Lawyers, we profiled defense attorney Hubert J. Santos of Santos & Seeley in Hartford, Conn. Santos has represented clients accused of matricide, attacking children with carpet cutters and more. An excerpt:

Seattle Hosts TIPS' Cyberterrorism Meeting

Business litigator Randy Aliment with Williams Kastner is chair of the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), one of the American Bar Association's largest sections. TIPS has launched a yearlong emphasis on disaster preparedness, including a series of podcasts that can be downloaded from the section's website. Seattle is hosting TIPS' 2011 fall meeting, which focuses on cyberterrorism 10 years after 9/11.

Portland's Brad Maier on What Makes a Successful Immigration Practice

We profiled immigration attorney Bradley Maier in the 2011 Oregon Super Lawyers issue. The story details his transition from case manager at Portland non-profit, SOAR (Sponsors Organized to Assist Refugees) to senior counsel at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, where he works largely with companies wishing to relocate foreign professionals to the U.S., as well as with individuals on various immigration issues. Here, he offers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run proven immigration practice:

Pro Bono: Andrew "Duke" Maloney's Five-Year Battle for Glenn Winuk

One of the more touching stories from the latest issue of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine involves Andrew "Duke" Maloney III's pro bono representation of the family of Holland & Knight partner Glenn Winuk, who died on Sept. 11, 2001. For years, the federal government denied the Winuk family's claim under the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act, which recognizes volunteer rescue workers who die in the line of duty. The story, "Real Heroes," by Amy Kates, begins this way:

Marilena DiSilvio On Defending Caregivers

In the upcoming edition of Ohio Super Lawyers & Rising Stars, Cleveland attorney Marilena DiSilvio talks with us about her career at Reminger as a defense attorney for healthcare providers. The former nurse explains why she switched from a plaintiff's personal injury firm to a defense firm, and why she still has a lot of respect for the attorneys she faces off against in court.