Emile Banks has come a long way. Arrested while growing up in Chicago for trying to scare neighborhood bullies with his mother's handgun, he spent a night in jail at 12 years old. "I had to sleep with a bunch of criminals," Banks told us in the 2006 issue of Wisconsin Super Lawyers Magazine. "I knew one thing: I was never going to end up in that place again."
Microsoft. 3M. Progressive Insurance. Wayne Drinkwater's corporate clients--which he tends to defend in multimillion-dollar lawsuits--are household names. But the partner with Bradley Arant Boult Cummings in Jackson, Mississippi, may be best known for the long string of cases he's tried with the goal of enacting change in the public interest. "I think that one of a lawyer's obligations is not simply to do well, but to do good," he told us in the 2007 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers Magazine.
The New York City skyline is a collection of greatest hits for Jonathan Mechanic. The celebrated real estate lawyer with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has been involved in the sale, lease or purchase of some of the most recognizable buildings in NYC, including Radio City Music Hall, the MetLife Building and the Time Warner Center. And then there's the $5.4 billion sale of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village to developer Tishman Speyer Properties. In the 2007 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine, Mechanic let us in on his love of real estate.
In the wake of 9/11, civil rights and employment lawyer Shereef H. Akeel, of Akeel & Valentine in Troy, Michigan, found his calling representing Muslim Americans who had been victims of discrimination. But his most notable case might have been a class-action lawsuit on behalf of detainees held in the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Akeel described the case to us in the 2006 edition of Michigan Super Lawyers Magazine.
The only thing more colorful than legendary Oregon personal injury attorney William A. Barton's personality might be his legal career. He's worked cases involving the sovereign immunity of the Vatican, the infamous Rajneesh movement and the Boy Scouts of America. In the cover story of the 2007 edition of Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine, Barton's colleagues shared their thoughts on his success.
In the 2012 edition of Washington Super Lawyers Magazine, we asked Perkins Coie business litigator David J. Burman to discuss one of the most famous cases in his career. In 2005, election officers and political scientists converged on Chelan County Courthouse to debate which candidate prevailed in the 2004 gubernatorial election.
In the 2008 edition of New Jersey Super Lawyers Magazine, Joseph Hayden of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden took us inside his incredible life and career. From participating in the famous civil rights marches in Selma, Alabama, as a college student to serving as a prosecutor to building one of New Jersey's most celebrated criminal defense practices, Hayden brings all his life experience to bear for his clients.
Ski season eventually has to come to an end each year, but Jim Chalat (Chalat Hatten & Banker PC) is busy year-round. In the 2006 edition of Colorado Super Lawyers Magazine, the man behind skilaw.com took us through the ups and downs of his nationally recognized winter sports personal injury practice.
In the 2005 edition of Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine, we got to know Larry A. Mackey of Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis. Before his career in private practice, Mackey made a name for himself as an assistant U.S. attorney. Among the many cases he prosecuted, perhaps the biggest was that of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols--the Oklahoma City bombers.