Super Lawyers in the News: Making a Murderer, Evidence of Innocence, a $500 Million Settlement and the New York Court of Appeals

Some of the most newsworthy cases in the country feature Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selectees. Whether presenting a case to the SCOTUS, representing the wrongly accused or fighting for victim's settlements, here are a couple of the biggest stories showcasing selectees from the last couple months.

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Seth Waxman - Waxman, a Super Lawyers selectee since 2007, represented Brandon Dassey to the Supreme Court, which considered whether to hear Dassey's appeal. As a 16-year-old, Dassey confessed to joining his uncle in the murder of Teresa Halbach, which was seen by millions in the Netflix documentary "Making a Murderer." Waxman has experience winning cases at the SCOTUS level, winning a case in 2005 that barred the use of the death penalty in cases involving juveniles. Take a look at the case.

Ben Crump - Known nationally for representing the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Stephon Clark, Crump will host "Evidence of Innocence," a new TV show on TVOne. The show will tell the stories of four wrongly convicted people who were arrested and jailed for at least a decade before being freed. "I'm trying to impact the larger society about these larger matters so they can be aware when they go into the courtroom as jurors," said Crump in an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat. Crump, a civil rights attorney in Tallahassee, Florida and a five-time Super Lawyers listee, was featured in the 2015 Florida Super Lawyers Magazine. Learn more about "Evidence of Innocence."

John Manly - Manly serves as lead attorney representing most of the sexual abuse victims of former U.S.A. Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, Larry Nassar. In May, Michigan State settled with 332 victims for $500 million, but the story is back in the news after it was reported that interim MSU President John Engler accused Manly of paying a kickback to lead plaintiff Rachael Denhollander. Engler made the comment in April during an email exchange with Carol Viventi, a Michigan State vice president and special counsel. Now, 126 Nassar victims have signed a letter criticizing Engler's behavior and asking the Michigan State University Board of Trustees to replace him as interim president. Read the full story.

Joshua Kelner - Appearing before the State of New York Court of Appeals, Kelner got a winning ruling that plaintiffs in comparative negligence cases need not bear the "double burden" of disproving their own negligence to win on a summary judgement. According to the New York Law Journal, the court's 4-3 ruling clears up an issue that has perplexed New York courts for decades.

Kelner, a three-time Super Lawyers listee at Kelner & Kelner, appeared for Carlos Rodriguez, who was working in a Sanitation Department garage in Manhattan when he suffered injuries which rendered him permanently disabled. The case was remanded to the First Department to address the issue of liability, but Kelner told the New York Law Journal that the the majority's ruling provides a "blueprint for the courts to follow" when faced with similar scenarios.

Access "Sharply Divided Court of Appeals Removes Hurdle for Tort Plaintiffs to Gain Summary Judgment" to read more about the case.

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