Tag Archives: Lawyers of the Year

Public defenders prevail in right to counsel cases

In March of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court extended the right to effective counsel to the plea stage of criminal proceedings in a pair of cases, Lafler v. Cooper and Missouri v. Frye. In both cases, appellate public defenders ...

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Solicitor General triumphs in health care case

Everyone has experienced a bad day at the office. And most lawyers have developed a thick skin against public criticism and mockery. But only one lawyer this year had to endure being called a “train wreck” on national television and ...

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Solo wins blockbuster Supreme Court GPS case

Arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court for the first time is a big assignment for any attorney. But when the case has the potential to lead to a blockbuster Fourth Amendment ruling addressing the privacy rights of citizens in an ...

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Med-mal attorney overcomes Mo. damages cap

Being a medical malpractice attorney in a tort reform state can be tough. Joplin, Mo. attorney Roger Johnson knows that first hand, having seen many of his colleagues leave the field when the state passed curbs on medical malpractice cases ...

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Jose Baez: The most hated lawyer in America

After a stint at the state attorney’s office during law school, Jose Baez quickly realized being a prosecutor wasn’t for him. He wanted to represent clients with a pulse: real people with real problems. It was through jailhouse referrals that he got his most infamous client, Casey Anthony, the young mother acquitted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in a case that rivaled the O.J. Simpson spectacle for the title of Trial of the Century and catapulted Baez into the national spotlight.

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Ekaterina Schoenefeld: Fought N.Y. law that hurt nonresident attorneys

It’s easy to be taken aback by Ekaterina Schoenefeld’s modesty in the wake of her success in taking on the power and authority of the state of New York, ending what amounted to a residency requirement that discriminated against out-of-state attorneys. But the Princeton, N.J. solo seems quite content with the simple fact that she was right that the antiquated law had to go.

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