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Ricardo G. Cedillo’s Shining Armor

Ricardo G. Cedillo’s Shining Armor
The business litigator has suited up for clients ranging from Blockbuster to Playboy

Essentially Allyson Ho

Essentially Allyson Ho
A harp performance at Sandra Day O’Connor’s request came early in a legal career that is hitting all the right notes

‘The Biggest, Baddest, Meanest Dog in the Yard’

‘The Biggest, Baddest, Meanest Dog in the Yard’
If you ask Tony Buzbee, only losers are OK with losing

Mission: Control

Mission: Control
Aviation attorney Michael L. Slack, a former NASA engineer, shoots for industry reform as well as client compensation

She’s Got You Covered

She’s Got You Covered
Amy Elizabeth Stewart’s favorite things include digging into complex insurance policies, serving as head rainmaker and helping women move out of ‘second chair’

Revisiting Warren Jeffs
Former prosecutors Eric Nichols and Fields Alexander and defense attorney Deric King Walpole revisit the mayhem surrounding the polygamist’s trial

Partners for Life
Husband-and-wife duo Caddell & Chapman commit to their clients and their family

The Real Lyon
Mesquite personal injury lawyer Ted Lyon has set his sights on the Koch brothers, the Texas prison system and, lately, on marauding packs of wolves

At Your Service

At Your Service
Lessons learned as an Air Force captain have inspired Jeff Whitfield’s litigation practice—and his commitment to helping veterans

The Closer

The Closer
How Suzette E. Selden quietly eviscerates witnesses

The Judge, the Prosecutor and the Criminal Defense Attorney

The Judge, the Prosecutor and the Criminal Defense Attorney
They’re all Kerrisa Chelkowski, whose anxious parents bought her a black cowboy hat when she switched from prosecuting accused criminals to defending them

Shared Vision
How the courtroom duo of Dustin and Dennis Burrows overcome the latter’s failing eyesight

Sarah E.W. McGahee’s Pet Project
The employment attorney defends the ‘puppy mill’ law

How Taj Clayton Got Book-Smart and Street-Smart
The Fish & Richardson partner reflects on humble pie, hard work and comparisons to President Obama

How Hilda Galvan Beat the Odds

How Hilda Galvan Beat the Odds
The intellectual property litigator didn’t let neighborhood gangs or a naysaying teacher derail her dreams

The Man Who Said No to LBJ

The Man Who Said No to LBJ
Shannon Ratliff chose politics over ranching, then law over politics

‘Coach Benny’ Fights Injustice

‘Coach Benny’ Fights Injustice
Microbiologist-turned-lawyer Benny Agosto Jr. is devoted to kids, soccer and underdogs

AJ: The Whole Person

AJ: The Whole Person
The Houston employment lawyer would rather keep the peace than go to trial

Military Man

Military Man
Former Marine Patrick J. McLain has 10 kids and a strong sense of right and wrong

Master of Disaster
Thad Dameris’ phone started to ring after the Costa Concordia ran aground in Italy

The Case Against Do-It-Yourself Divorce
Diana Friedman and Sherri Evans are recruiting their colleagues to guide low-income couples through breakups

Saving Mao’s Last Dancer
Charles C. Foster marshaled the force of the entire U.S. government to help a Chinese ballet artist who wanted to stay in Houston

Austin Energy

Austin Energy
Leslie Ritchie Robnett carries on a proud legal legacy in her oil-and-gas regulation practice  

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar
Trial lawyer Ryan Zehl has a rare combination of tenacity and people skills  

How Christian Dennie Stayed in the Game

How Christian Dennie Stayed in the Game
When life threw him a curve, the sports attorney found a new way to play ball

Charlie's Angel
Appellate lawyer Ryan Clinton helped make Austin one of the country’s most animal-friendly cities

Firm Commitment
At Arnold & Itkin in Houston, friendship is the main ingredient for success

The Organizational Genius of Dara Hegar
The young Houston lawyer’s trial-prep proficiency landed her the role of managing attorney for the firm’s national asbestos practice

The Trailblazer

The Trailblazer
Lynn Kamin entered family law and made it her own

Texas Two-Step

Texas Two-Step
Veteran trial lawyer A. Martin Wickliff Jr. follows in his father’s pioneering footsteps by starting the largest minority-owned law firm in Texas

The Peaceful Warrior

The Peaceful Warrior
Windle Turley fights for gun control

The Whistleblowers’ Advocate

The Whistleblowers’ Advocate
Philip H. Hilder helps whistleblowers like Sherron Watkins do what’s right

The Puzzle Solver

The Puzzle Solver
How tax attorney Emily Parker became the first female managing partner in 125 years at Thompson & Knight

The Aviator

The Aviator
Jon Kettles is the guy to call when something happens in the sky

Tom Melsheimer’s Absolutely Irrational Level of Dedication
There’s a reason he’s the lawyer other attorneys don’t want to face in court

Family Business
Michael Jung’s love of law seems to be genetic

The $100 Million Closer

The $100 Million Closer
Joel W. Heydenburk brings commercial deals across the finish line

Persuading in a Raw, Simple Way

Persuading in a Raw, Simple Way
Toby Cole advocates for personal injury clients by being himself in the courtroom

Shelly T. Greco Keeps Her Cool in Court

Shelly T. Greco Keeps Her Cool in Court
The Dallas trial lawyer excels at handling heated situations

Helping the Defrauded

Helping the Defrauded
Nobody fights harder to recapture lost savings for his clients than Jason Braun

When a Click Is More Than Just a Click
In the world of click-fraud investigations, Dean Gresham’s name is at the top of any search engine

Emmanuel E. Ubiñas Is Headed to the Airport
The Jones Day attorney has carved out a niche in representing international corporations that are dealing with fraud matters, which has him doing a lot of traveling to Mexico and Central America. We caught up with him in his Dallas office and found out why he’s discovered it’s sometimes best to stay near the hotel

Family Law in the Age of Facebook

Family Law in the Age of Facebook
Be careful what you post—Plano family law attorney Rick Robertson has seen e-communications come back to haunt

The Accidental Lawyer

The Accidental Lawyer
Ophelia Camiña entered law school on a lark, but her success has been far from a fluke

The Bulldog

The Bulldog
Bob Hilliard takes on the cases other lawyers won’t touch—and wins

Ahead of the Game

Ahead of the Game
Kathleen Wu advocates for diversity in the boardroom and on the tennis court

The Polunsky Unit

The Polunsky Unit
Allan Polunsky has a Texas death row facility named after him and doesn’t mind

Fred Streck and Dwain Dent’s Mission
The Fort Worth attorneys win a 25-year case to prove that vitamin E supplement E-Ferol can be harmful to babies

Is This a Deposition Which I See Before Me?
How Michael P. Maslanka applies Shakespeare to his practice

Seduced by Trial Law
Robin Gibbs on the opportunity that he saw 40 years ago for small firms in commercial litigation

On the Job

On the Job
Daniel N. Ramirez helps employers comply with immigration and employment laws regarding employee documentation

Power Broker

Power Broker
Diana M. Liebmann has quietly become one of the top wind energy lawyers in Texas

Travis Crabtree’s Second Dream Job

Travis Crabtree’s Second Dream Job
He’s already had his first one, as a sports reporter. Now he has his second, as a media lawyer

The Life Aquatic

The Life Aquatic
James Bailey enjoys maritime law

Joshua Skinner and the Candy Cane Case

Joshua Skinner and the Candy Cane Case
When can a Texas school ban religious proselytizing on its grounds?

The Critic

The Critic
When Anthony Lowenberg isn’t handling products liability claims, he’s reviewing restaurants

Word for Word
What was the best advice you ever received?

The Minimalist
No one knows how to get to the essence of an appeal like Greg Coleman

Can Paxil Cause Birth Defects?
Sean Tracey looks for the answer

Dallas Maverick
Gayla Crain wanted to work at a new kind of law firm, so she went and helped build it

Defending Big Oil
Environmental litigator Rick Faulk sticks to the facts

Tough as Nails
That’s Linda L. Addison, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and current leader at Fulbright & Jaworski

When a Case Cries Out for Justice
Kevin Glasheen takes on Cargill, railroads and the Lone Star State

Getting Around the Normal Armor Involved in Litigation
Mark Mueller adds Eastern thinking to the Western practice of law

The Social Worker in Angeline Lindley Bain
Bringing collaboration and reasonableness to divorce law

Five Days in Thailand
What Mike Gruber learned about life and law from volunteering with Habitat for Humanity

Family Guy
Richard Orsinger of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing talks about designing CLE presentations, the genius of Bruce Bowen and just how long it takes for a divorce to stop hurting

The Lawyer Who transformed Texas Schools
How Mark Trachtenberg parlayed a great law school paper into billions for education

Demographics and the Fight for Equality
How Wendy Wang discovered civil rights law is more complex than it used to be

They must be guilty—they can barely speak English!
After seven years and about $2.5 million, Sarah Teachout helps to free two innocent men

The Trials of Brian Robison
How one little girl taught a good lawyer to be a great man

From the Produce Aisle to the Courthouse
Juan Garcia started out in supermarkets and ended up in Super Lawyers

The Man Who Made Driving Safer
Jeff Embry spotted a flaw in airbags and pushed for their redesign

How The Soviet Union Helped Make a Great Family Law Attorney
After Marjan Shansab’s harrowing escape from Afghanistan, nothing seemed impossible

Play It Again, Joe
Stallone inspires children to turn to music

Emmy, ZZ Top and Me

What a Difference a Database Makes

Watch Great Ones, Become a Great One
How Tony Taft unlocked the secrets of the courtroom

A Believer in Second Chances
Nicole DeBorde knows the other side—she was on it for almost a decade

The Busiest Septuagenarian in Texas
By day, a few million-dollar cases; by night, Wayne Fisher smokes six briskets at once

A Poet, A Museum Director and A Lawyer Who Refuses To Lose
Frank Branson does just what he wants, and that includes winning cases

Guilty Until Proven Innocent
Like Abraham, Craig Watkins asks if we want to destroy the righteous with the wicked

The Crusaders of Death Row
Houston neighbors Scott Atlas and Stanley Schneider run their own personal innocence project

Just a Closer Walk
After more than $250 million in wins, Ray Thomas found he was missing something—and it wasn’t success

Being Buffalo Bill
J. Gary Trichter channels a Western hero

Searching for Sodom
Jeff Kobs is digging in Jordan for a biblical hotspot

A Lawyer in Love With Two Blind Disciplines: Justice and Wine-Tasting
Both Randy Roach and his wines have depth and good character

Q&A: Racehorse Haynes
How Richard Haynes kicked a spittoon and launched a legendary career

Yearning to Return to Zion
Aubrey Connatser and Ramsey Patton took on one of the largest custody cases—over 400 children—in Texas history

A Family Affair
What's it like to work every day with the person you wake up next to each morning? Or to settle payroll disputes with the man who paid your first allowance?

Three Kings and a $25,000 Pot
Rick Daly found a novel way to finalize the deal—poker

The Republican from Harvard
Don't try to pigeonhole Chris Ward; you're sure to get him wrong

Reign Man
Chris Smith takes on Ike and Rita       

A Young Man in an Old Boys’ Club
Raul Leal gets to play J. Beresford Tipton to Texas landowners

Defeating Public Enemy No. 1
John Boundas wins the most important fight of his life

How a Mysterious Stranger Changed Yolanda Garcia’s Life
A classroom visitor supplied the key to a college education

From CIA to TBA
Brad Caldwell meets the most convincing law school recruiter ever

The King of Dallas’ Homeless People
Jennifer King enlists the homeless in community service

A Song for Justice O’Connor
Brett Busby clerked—and played violin—for the Supreme Court

An Emmy for Jennifer
Jennifer Morris tells tales of unsung heroes

Growing Up in the Navy
Amy Jetel puts the skills she learned while in uniform to good use

Riding Passenger, For Fun and Profit
Chris Collins liked being a rock star, but he loves being a lawyer

The Energy of Charles Matthews
ExxonMobil's GC discusses Valdez, the merging of two oil giants and more

Bend ’em Like Beck Can
Clients in trouble—and the Supreme Court—beckon Dave Beck

The Singer and His Fallen Friends
Greg Westfall sings the stories—and saves the lives—of society's rabble        

56 Years of Civility in Texas Law
You can overuse the Atticus Finch comparison—few people really deserve it. Jim Coleman does

The Rise and Fall of Enrique Moreno
The El Paso lawyer refuses to let a political derailment make him bitter        

West Texas Hammurabi
David Keltner expands the law to new frontiers        

The Crusader
Paula Sweeney works (and works and works) for her clients        

Come, Let Us Reasoner Together
Harry Reasoner has been injecting the law with his good sense for almost half a century

The Barrier Breaker of Baker Botts
Jim Cannon fires a shot heard 'round Texas        

The Perfect Match
K. Marshall Dye found her place at  

Mississippi Learning
Shawn Raymond is poised to revolutionize public service in America

Tonya Parker Loves Dialogue

What Nikkee Wants, Nikkee Gets
Nikkee Espree — Mehaffy Weber        

The Tahoka Kid
Jeremy Brandon brought a little bit of West Texas to Harvard  

Sen. Cornyn’s Adviser
Jim Ho plays well on both sides of the aisle

How Mike McKool Keeps His Cool
He’s an uber-boy scout, ultra-prepared

Sarah Weddington and the Supreme Court Case of the Century
The woman behind Roe is still fighting for women's rights, almost 40 years after revolutionizing the United States

Van Fleet's Grand Feats
A billion-dollar win? He's got lots of those

Marin-ating the Law
Michael Marin fights for fairness, whether his client is a huge corporation or the average Texas juror

How to Win at Poker Without Ever Playing a Hand

The Cheerleader’s Mom Murder Case and other Tales
Terri Zimmermann learned her chops in the Military

The Lawyer with Solid Gold Intuition
Charla Aldous finds her way to big-money cases by listening to her heart

The Pill Mill Killer
Erin Nealy Cox is leading the fight against Internet drug dealers

In Godwin They Trust
Take the most daunting of legal challenges, such as the asbestos litigation that Halliburton was facing, and Don Godwin will find a solution. He always does.

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