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 journey to become a Super Lawyers selectee has many paths. In the most recent issues of Super Lawyers Magazine, the passion, determination and persistence of the Super Lawyers selectees jumps off the page. Read each article to get a better look at the hard work necessary to make the Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list.
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.
More people have greater access to good photography equipment, but the art of photography remains elusive for the average person holding a camera. As a top-rated lawyer, it's as critical as ever to entrust the initial impressions of your law firm to a professional.
A diverse set of skills and experiences showed itself in the latest issues of Super Lawyers Magazine. From immigrating to America, to persevering through familial heartache and experiencing the elation of trial success, Super Lawyers selectees commit to their craft. In the following stories, you get a picture of what it takes to become a top-rated attorney.
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.
Each attorney has a narrative surround their success. In the most recent issues of Super Lawyers Magazine, our cover subjects show how critical it is for a lawyer to showcase resilience. Whether that's through hardship, representing a difficult case or leading through change, these stories show how top-rated attorneys guide their clients through the highs and lows. Take a look at the stories below to witness the breadth of their abilities.
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 latest issue of Minnesota Super Lawyers Magazine, Minneapolis ADR specialist Marty Swaden discusses his sidelight as a singer and theatrical performer for, among others, Minnesota Opera Company. Another interesting aspect of Swaden's story involves Ron Meshbesher, the legendary Minnesota attorney who died last month at the age of 85. Here's what Swaden recalls about meeting the Minnesota legal giant, and how it changed his life.