Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selectees are often in the headlines for big settlements, high profile criminal cases, awards and recognitions. Below are just a few stories from the last month.
Joseph Tacopina – The #FreeMeekMill movement has garnered quite the following in the last year. It’s spawned a viral hashtag, caused numerous high-profile advocates to speak out on the subject and created plenty of conversation around criminal justice reform. Last week, rapper Robert Rihmeek Williams, a.k.a. Meek Mill, was released from prison on bail. His attorney, Tacopina, is a perennial Super Lawyers listee attempting to get Williams’ charges dropped after it was reported that Williams’ arresting officer might have lied in his testimony about the crime. As a result, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office supported the rapper’s release on bail.
Robert Ruyak – Ruyak, a Super Lawyers selection in 2008, will serve as co-lead counsel in a class action lawsuit against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for the misuse of personal data. The lawsuit claims Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, along with two other companies, obtained private information from nearly 71 million Americans to create “political propaganda campaigns” in the United States. “Facebook utterly failed in its duty and promise to secure the personal information of millions of its users,” Ruyak told The Guardian, “and, when aware that this … information was aimed against its owners, it failed to take appropriate action.”
Stacey Abrams – Back in 2006, Super Lawyers featured Abrams in the Georgia Rising Stars Magazine for her work as a tax and health care attorney in Atlanta. She was an up-and-coming lawyer and author writing spy novels. In our 2006 story, she referenced her political heroes and political aspirations. Now, she’s trying to make history. Abrams, already Georgia’s House Minority Leader and the first woman to lead either party in the state’s general assembly, is running to become the state’s first Democratic governor in 15 years, its first black governor and the first black female governor in United States history.