With May ending we wanted to recap the two magazines released this month: 2016 Pennsylvania and Delaware Super Lawyers Magazine and 2016 Southwest Super Lawyers Magazine.
In this issue, you’ll learn why colleagues say securities lawyer Marc J. Sonnenfeld has “unimpeachable credibility” and is “absolutely brilliant.” Sonnenfeld is particularly proud of his role in helping establish the Commerce Case Management Program, also known as the Commerce Court, for the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas in 2000.
The idea was to create a separate division of court to exclusively handle complex commercial cases in Philadelphia (the venue for about 60 percent of all commercial litigation in the state) and assign judges who are familiar with the unique and nuanced intricacies of disputes between businesses and shareholders.
“Most judges get a case like this once during their entire career,” says Sonnenfeld. “So why not make sure that the judges who hear these cases are judges who handle them all the time? We’re 16 years in and it’s been very popular for both the judges and the lawyers.”
Former pitcher and Marine Norman Haase lets us in to his baseball-filled workspace. A few of the photos you’ll find in his office include:
- Semper Fi bulldog bobblehead
- Animation cel from the 1946 cartoon
- Toxic waste sign that “can be activated with a hidden switch,” Haase says, “which I use to try to alarm unsuspecting visitors.”
- Magnetized baseball weight
- Life-size Wade Boggs cut-out
In this magazine, you’ll read about how Booker T. Evans speaks softly but powerfully for clients who might otherwise go unheard. Evans’ bread and butter is his commercial litigation practice, where he routinely defends telemarketing enterprises in matters of Federal Trade Commission regulations. Then there’s his white-collar defense practice. “You know, people who are accused of stealing with a pen or a computer, misleading people,” he says. “Or someone will set up a business where they’re working across major borders in a foreign country and not realizing that, in that culture, their position might be treated as a government official, and a simple business dinner may be seen as a bribe.”
His high-profile political clients include then-state Sen. John Huppenthal, who was accused of tampering with an opponent’s election materials. “What John did was,” Evans says, “someone was placing signs around the community that were very negative and not true, and John had taken down some of the signs. So they had filed a criminal charge against him, but they charged him on the wrong statute. The court dismissed the case.”
The Albuquerque-based civil rights and police civil liability defense attorney with Robles, Rael & Anaya shares her family’s law enforcement history, what interests her about immigration law, and her favorite pickup line from Dumb & Dumber.
My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I played college basketball at Eastern New Mexico University, [the Greyhounds]. I played center, or the five position.
When I was a newbie lawyer, I … still am a newbie lawyer.
The lawyer I most admire is …. my boss, Luis Robles, the hardest-working and most deliberate person I know. He taught me everything I needed to know about being a lawyer.
A different practice area that intrigues me is … immigration law-learning about different cultures and why people want to come to the United States.
The movie line I quote most often is … “Are those your skis? Both of them?” from Dumb & Dumber.
We hope you enjoyed this sneak preview of our latest Super Lawyers Magazines. Be sure to visit SuperLawyers.com/Digital to see all of our digital editions.