Publisher's Note Archives

Super Lawyers Selectees Reflect on Making a Murderer Case

Steven Avery's case is back in the national spotlight as Netflix debuted the second season of Making a Murderer, nearly three years after the first season created a furor across the country.

From the Vault -- "His Excellency"

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.

When a Top Lawyer Meets Super Lawyers: Varghese & Associates, P.C.

When Vinoo Varghese was selected to the Super Lawyers list for the first time in 2015, he'd already developed a reputation as one of New York's top white-collar criminal defense attorneys.

Winning Over High-Income Consumers

If you're an accomplished attorney who has been named to a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars list, you know the attention to detail, the research, the legal scrutiny it takes to become a top lawyer.

Case Study: Finding the Needle in the Haystack

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.

Through Trial and Tribulation

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.

From the Vault -- "Justice at Abu Ghraib"

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.

Resilience Shows in Super Lawyers Selectees

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.

Law Firm Reputation and the Affluent Legal Consumer

Reaching affluent legal consumers can appear daunting. They are deliberative in their decision making and they often adhere to the adage "you get what you pay for." They are interested in an accomplished attorney with expertise in handling their specific legal needs. However, as a Super Lawyers or Rising Stars selectee, you've already got the expertise and reputation to be trusted. If you focus on the right things in your marketing efforts, you can expand your firm's visibility with a highly valued clientele.

From the Vault -- "The Last Laugh"

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.