Super Lawyers in the News: Politics, Sports, Civil Rights and Hip-Hop

Super Lawyers listees often end up in the news because of their work with high-profile cases and elevated national profiles. In the last couple months, we've seen several newsworthy moments for selectees.

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Marguerite Willis -Willis, a top-rated antitrust litigation attorney at Nexsen Pruet in Columbia, South Carolina, threw her hat into the South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial race earlier this month. This is her first time running for office and she's the third Democrat to announce her candidacy for the June primary. Willis is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a member of the Antitrust Law section of the American Bar Association, a board member of the South Carolina Women Lawyers Association, a member of the American Association for Justice, past president of the Women's Bar Association of Washington, D.C., and former director of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce. She has been a Super Lawyers list selectee for the last eight years. See who she is running against.

Paul Kelly -Kelly, a principal in the Boston office of Jackson Lewis P.C., is the attorney conducting the University of Arizona men's basketball team internal investigation into a wide-reaching FBI inquiry into impermissible benefits for student-athletes. On February 25, he issued a statement that top Arizona recruit DeAndre Ayton has abided by all applicable rules. A Super Lawyers listee from 2004-2007 and 2014-2017, Kelly is considered a top-rated white collar crimes attorney and is one of Jackson Lewis P.C.'s Collegiate and Professional Sports Practice Group Leaders. Prior to joining the firm, he served as the executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association and of College Hockey, Inc., the recruiting and promotional arm of NCAA Division I men's hockey. Read the entire statement.

Robbie Kaplan - The New York Super Lawyers listee, along with other lawyers, filed the first major brief for the civil rights lawsuit brought against the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and affiliated groups who organized the August 2017 protests that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va. "While defendants try to shield themselves by invoking the First Amendment, this case is about violent acts, not hateful speech. The First Amendment does not protect a conspiracy to engage in violence any more than it protects a conspiracy to rob a bank," Kaplan said. Read the entire article.

Drew Findling - A criminal defense attorney in Atlanta and Super Lawyers listee, Findling was featured in The New York Times earlier this month because of his extensive work defending rappers and hip-hop artists. In the piece, Findling is described as a "58-year-old cool dad with a taste for gingham blazers [who] is more likely to be recognized by a famous rapper than to recognize one himself." The feature article winds through the reputation of the #BillionDollarLawyer within the world of Atlanta rap culture. Check out the whole story.

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