Rob Sullivan, founder of Sullivan Law LLC in Kansas City, Missouri, knew he wanted less time between cases and more ability to focus on the large cases for which he's developed a sterling reputation. As a personal injury attorney and Super Lawyers selectee since 2010, he had centered his practice around referrals and didn't put much investment into marketing.
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.
Word-of-mouth is critical for attorneys. It elevates happy clients and it serves as a proof point to a job well done. This leads to referrals and the cycle starts again. However, making referrals a cornerstone of your business isn't just about face-to-face interactions. It's also about the way you diversify your marketing as an 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.
The latest issues of Super Lawyers Magazine showcase the variety of what makes up a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars selectee. The following three cover stories find an epicenter in the Western United States, but contain connections across the world. Senegal, Cuba, India, Nepal and Columbia are just a few of the locations featured, but the commonalities in work ethic and talent is immediately evident from the top attorneys in the country. Check out each of the stories to see their commitment to and passion for their craft.
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.