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About Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor has been a senior editor for Super Lawyers since 2003, and has won dozens of awards for headline-writing and editing throughout her career. Previously, she was an editor and covered courts for The Orlando Sentinel. She also worked for go2net and KIRO-TV in Seattle, where she wrote for and edited their websites. In addition, Beth edited The Kitsap Business Journal and Media Inc. Beth has written travel books, including Around Seattle With Kids for Fodor’s and Seattle Day By Day for Frommer’s, and online travel guides for Google. Her travel writing has appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. Beth has a B.A. in communications/journalism and a master’s degree in political science.

Articles Written by Beth Taylor

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane …

No, it was Don Godwin, sprinting across the front of the inaugural issue of Texas Super Lawyers

?Sue Them Again?

David Sugerman battles BP and ‘death by a thousand paper cuts’

On Life, Football and Second Chances

How Karl Pansler turned a personal tragedy into a mission to keep young lives on track

Triple Threat

How a strategy for beating stress turned into a lifetime passion for Ironman athlete Lydia Harley 

Getting the Green Light?Again

Jeffery Robinette’s racing car gives a nod to his Airborne service

Billionaire Loses Bid to Build Huge Palm Beach Mansion

Attorney Joanne O’Connor explains why the town turned him down

Can Ukrainian Refugees Come to the U.S.?

Columbus, Ohio, attorney Dmitriy Borshchak sheds light on the situation

Settlements Reached in Collapse of South Florida Condo

Coral Gables attorney Stuart Z. Grossman says the Surfside tragedy has drawn attention to the condition of older buildings

Putting Anti-Black Racism in Focus

Seattle attorney Jeffery Robinson’s award-winning film explores the legacy of white supremacy in the U.S.

Writing Wills and Trusts in Ohio 101

Ohio attorney Susan E. Wheatley covers the basics you should get to sooner rather than later

Complicated Family Dynamics

Gabrielle Vidal is often involved in high-drama estate litigation but won’t name names

When Should You Settle a Personal Injury Case?

Why a jury trial isn’t always the best way to go

Should You Join a Class Action in Texas?

Houston attorney Kevin Parker explains how they work

The Washington Cares Act: How Will It Work for Me?

Seattle attorney Tamara Roe offers a primer on the state’s new long-term care plan

Should You Join a Class Action in California?

San Francisco attorney Mark E. Burton explains the ins and outs of signing on for a large lawsuit

Interstate Divorce

Ohio attorney Dalma Grandjean says complications may arise when soon-to-be-exes live in different states

Monument Maker

Charles Foster has seen to it that memories of George H.W. Bush, James Baker and LBJ are set in stone

With a Little Luck

Trial superstitions might or might not help—but they can’t hurt

Divorcing in the Military

Ohio attorney Dalma Grandjean discusses ending a marriage when one partner is a service member

How to Help a Family Member Immigrate to America

Houston attorney Charles Foster explains how to navigate the U.S. immigration system

Rolling Art

Stan Beck has been collecting and racing cars since he was 12

How to Complete a Successful Home Renovation

Seattle construction attorney Joshua Lane offers tips to help your remodeling project go smoothly

When and How to Declare Bankruptcy

California lawyer Michael Malter explains your options

Keeping a Home Renovation on Track

Ohio attorney James T. Dixon offers suggestions for a successful home remodel project

Discrimination Suit Can Proceed Against Contra Costa DA's Office

San Francisco firms Nichols Law and Ratner Molineaux are representing 5 women deputy DAs

Police Killing Leads to Changes in Columbus, Ohio

Dayton attorney Michael Wright and team negotiated a $10 million settlement

The Adoption Option

Florida attorney Erica Healey on opening your home to a child

Woman Settles With State of Washington Over Foster Abuse

She was assaulted for many years by the man in whose care she was placed

Pagliacci Pizza Settles Class Action With Drivers

Terrell Marshall Law Group negotiated $3.75 million settlement

Dominion Voting Systems Employee Sues Trump Supporters for Defamation

Texas lawyer Steve Skarnulis says his client is in hiding after death threats

250 Films of Quarantine

Seattle attorney and cinephile Bob Cumbow shares his movie list

M.D. J.D.

Dr. Bradley I. Kramer sides with patients in med-mal cases

Legal Community Mourns Legendary Pensacola Attorney Fred Levin

Attorney with ‘the heart of a champion’ led groundbreaking case against big tobacco

Tribute to Cincinnati 'Icon' Steven R. Adams

The well-known criminal defense attorney stood out both in court and at Ironman triathlons

Tribute to Reminger Partner Donald J. Moracz

Beloved partner-in-charge of Sandusky office practiced law for three decades

When the Government Needs Your Land

Northern California property owners are in a good bargaining position for eminent domain cases

Guidelines for Renting a Home in Florida

Being prepared before you sign a lease can prevent problems later

Cruise Lawsuit Raises Liability Question

Miami attorney Keith Brais says cruise operators should be responsible for employees’ actions

Tribute to 'Lion of the Bar' Stephen Susman

Founder of Susman Godfrey pioneered boutique and contingency law

If I Could Change One Thing About Immigration Policy

Three lawyers submit to direct questioning

Suit Targets Florida Utility in Water Main Outage

Adam Moskowitz says thousands of Fort Lauderdale businesses were affected

Trial by COVID-19

Despite lockdowns, courtroom health scares and two delays in a trial with a pandemic as the backdrop, an Oakland attorney returns home from Kentucky with a win

Lawsuit Targets Princess Cruises Over Coronavirus Cases

San Francisco lawyers Mary Alexander and Elizabeth Cabraser seek class action

Coping Skills: COVID-19 Lockdown

Northern California lawyers talk about adjusting to the new normal

Landing a Refund for Flights Cancelled from COVID-19

Airlines have been ordered to issue full refunds—not just vouchers—for coronavirus-related cancellations

There's a Way for a Will During COVID in Florida

Even in the midst of the pandemic, it’s not too late to do your estate planning

Avoiding Foreclosure in the Time of COVID-19

Ohio consumer attorneys offer advice to those unemployed because of coronavirus

How to Avoid Price-Gouging During the COVID-19 Crisis

Ohio attorneys on what consumers need to know during the coronavirus pandemic

How to Avoid Losing Your Home in the Time of COVID-19

Washington state rushes to protect renters from eviction

The Audacity of a HOPE Scholar

Stacey Evans is still looking for ways to lower the ladder

Weekday Litigator, Weekend Race Car Driver

Five weekends a year, look for Ed Hugo on the racetrack

Gentleman Driver

Five weekends a year, look for Ed Hugo on the racetrack

Austin Mourns Passing of Phil Durst

‘Texas Treasure’ Dies at Age 63

Seattle Police Officer Claims Camp Cleanup Ruined His Health

Attorney Lincoln Beauregard says the city should have known about the risk of contamination at a homeless encampment

Trial Superstitions

Four trial lawyers find that a little luck never hurt

First Amendment Fray in San Francisco

Two SF attorneys champion a freelance journalist whose home was raided after he refused to name a confidential source

Court: Stepfather still a dad after divorce

Seattle attorney Matthew Bergman argued that the parent-child relationship—not the parents’ split-up—is what counts

The Survivor

How Aurora McCreary’s life and career prepared her for the CBS reality show

Legal Community Mourns the Passing of Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte

The Tallahassee lawyer’s legacy includes service as president of the ABA and of FSU, and as dean of FSU College of Law

The Public Defender Bug

Why 19 years in the PD’s office didn’t burn out Lauri Brenner

Custody Clarification

Cleveland family law attorney Andrew Zashin gets a 6th Circuit ruling that brings consistency to cases involving vulnerable children

John Kenney on Writing Songs

The Oklahoma City litigator has a way with words

Mark Lanier’s Fascination With Trains

The Houston attorney has a narrow-gauge railroad surrounding his property

VW Settlement Money Earmarked to Battle Climate Change

The $1.4 billion comes from a $14.7 billion payout negotiated in 2016 by San Francisco’s Elizabeth Cabraser

Houston’s Mark Lanier Wins $4.7 Billion Verdict in Talcum Case

The largest jury award in the U.S. this year went against Johnson & Johnson 

Dale Minami’s Most Significant Case

He defended a Japanese-American who refused to report for internment

Custody Battle

Family law attorney Andrew Zashin asks the 6th Circuit to bring consistency to cases involving vulnerable children

Ohio Fertility Clinic Hit With Lawsuits Over Destroyed Embryos

Storage tank alarm did not warn of rising temperature

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Fern Steiner brings her labor law tenacity to two local boards

Class Action Hastens MLB’s Extension of Safety Netting

Texas attorney Bob Hilliard calls suit ‘the crack in the dam’

Passing Off Your Passwords When You Pass On

Estate planning in the digital age

(R)IP Address

What happens to our e-pulse after death? Estate planning Anne Coventry is on the case

Tackling an Epidemic

Cleveland’s Stephen Walters focuses on fighting the opioid crisis

Legal Community Mourns Attorney Who Helped Shape Seattle

Melody McCutcheon’s  projects ranged from Safeco Field to the Yesler Terrace housing redevelopment

Robert Hilliard Cries Foul Against Major League Baseball

The Texas attorney is handling a lawsuit that would force ball clubs to do more to protect fans

Hilarie Bass: Hitting the Ground Running

The new ABA president is tackling issues ranging from gender equity to fake news

Policyholders Accuse Insurer of Underpaying Their Claims

San Francisco insurance-coverage lawyer Ivo Labar is spearheading a class action against The Hartford

'Adopt-a-Nazi' Program Takes on White Supremacists

San Francisco attorney Cody Harris turned to GoFundMe to counteract a planned extremist rally  

Steve Berman: Putting the Brakes on Alleged Emissions Cheating

The Seattle heavy-hitter accuses GM of deception similar to that used by Volkswagen

Florida Legal Community Mourns 'Brilliant' Plaintiff's Litigator

Coral Gables' Ervin Gonzalez 'understood the human condition'

The Riveter

Lisa Sparks opens doors to the law for underprivileged girls

You Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee

The rules affecting refugees and asylum seekers in Florida

Future Lawyer of America

Jessica Palvino has come a long way from walking her cows every morning to walking the halls of the courthouse.

Uncle Bill

Robert F. Brennan talks ABOUT consumer law ... and UNCLE William J. Brennan Jr.

Games Over

Bankruptcy lawyer Laura Day DelCotto isn’t playing around when it comes to protecting her clients

A Tale Worth Telling

To Nashville litigator Gail Ashworth, every case is a page-turner

The Accidental Lawyer

Carl Roth has racked up $2.4 billion worth of patent cases—and championed a heroic burn victim along the way

Flip the Script

When Luke Ellis gets a case, the first thing he does is tear it apart

WHY KEVIN J. CURTIS DOES WHAT HE DOES

The Spokane litigator is all about protecting liberties

‘America’s Lawyer’

Mike Papantonio, law partner of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., says trial lawyers without some rage in their hearts aren’t doing it right

She Speaks the Language

Kimberly Bessiere Martin could have been a spy but she became fascinated with products liability

The No-Comfort Zone

McCathern business lawyer Jesse Hoffman likes to tackle questions that haven’t already been answered

The Atticus of Attica

From rioting prisoners to Black Panthers to animal-rights defenders, Michael E. Deutsch has been on the front line of the fight for civil rights

'We've Got to Do Something About These Kids'

How Kathleen Gasparian launched a program in Louisiana to help unaccompanied immigrant children

From the Barre to the Bar

Rebecca A. Nitkin traded in her pointe shoes for a criminal defense practice

The Candy Man’s Lawyer

John R. Climaco helped Sammy Davis Jr. battle financial failures, negotiated with Cesar Chavez on behalf of the Teamsters union, and took on the tobacco industry

Anything You Can Do, She Can Do Better

Vicki L. Gilliam holds her own fighting for clients like Brandy Nicole Williams and the Ramapough Tribe

Lawyer, Heal Thy Doctor

Oklahoma City’s Linda Scoggins is just what the doctor ordered for her health-care industry clientele

A Damon Runyon Kind of Practice

Judd Burstein is mum on Fox News, but not on the mob or Don King

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

Roads to Resolution

Victor Schachter on launching mediation centers in emerging democracies around the world

Chaos Theory

How Kurt Melchior, who escaped Nazi Germany at 13, metamorphosed into a business litigator

The Good Foot Soldier

David Goodnight’s client list ranges from Amazon to Monsanto to a Napa Valley vineyard—and in his spare time, the Stoel Rives litigator helps Burundian widows rebuild their lives

Kay Wolf: It's the People

The Orlando employment defense attorney spends her spare time bringing educational opportunities to kids in Cambodia

How Taj Clayton Got Book-Smart and Street-Smart

The Fish & Richardson partner reflects on humble pie, hard work and comparisons to President Obama

Larry R. Rogers Sr. on Personal (and Corporate) Responsibility

The Chicago attorney says everyone makes mistakes—but there’s a time for accountability

The People-Pleaser

When everyone gets up from the table smiling, it’s a good day for Nashville transactional attorney Darlene Marsh

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

Pioneer Spirit

When the Hon. Daniel Weinstein started out in mediation, people thought it was ‘meditation’

Stew Cogan Takes Sides

The Seattle mediator and arbitrator is a natural at helping people work things out

The Right Medicine

Why Tampa’s Bennie Lazzara Jr. put aside criminal defense work to champion injured nursing-home patients

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 'Good Divorce' Lawyer

Miles N. Beermann, with Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove, teaches splitting spouses how to be in the same room together

Joseph P. Thomas’ Patient Approach

The class action defender at Ulmer & Berne in Cincinnati changes perceptions about big pharmaceutical firms

REDEFINING CORPORATE CULTURE

Memphis lawyer Arnold Perl on the shift from ‘workers’ to ‘human resources’

The Good Seed

Don Downing grew up around Missouri cotton, soy and rice farms. So when a genetically modified seed ended up in the U.S. rice supply, he got the call.

Her Own Way

Judy Snyder tells how the Civil Rights Act of 1991 transformed the nation—and her practice

Bette Epstein’s Estate Secrets

The Reed Smith lawyer tells why her practice area is anything but routine

B. Gerald Johnson: Civic Booster

The co-founder of Pacifica Law Group helped shape Seattle

Stuart Z. Grossman V. Curacao

Bank of America, BP, and possibly the Netherlands are also on notice from the Coral Gables personal injury attorney

Engineering Solutions

Richard H. Steen’s mix of strengths makes him a powerhouse at the negotiating table

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

Michael T. Reagan Makes His Case

The Ottawa appellate attorney is all about the details

The Fixer

Nothing makes estate lawyer Ruth I. Rounding madder than witnessing injustice. Colleagues at Kohnen & Patton say (good-naturedly) that her middle initial stands for “Irate”

The Spartan Way

Michigan State’s many legal clinics assist residents all over the state

Act 10, Scene 1

Lester Pines and Tamara Packard were ringside during the Madison protests

Man of Science

From Coast Guard icebreakers to hydroelectric projects, Don Haagensen, with Cable Huston Benedict Haagensen & Lloyd, takes on knotty problems

David Tyra: Supreme Challenge

How this employment defense attorney with Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard helped save California $2 billion

Bill Axselle: At Your Service

After 16 years as a legislator, the government law attorney at Williams Mullen lobbies for change from the outside. And yes, he helped bring Nordstrom to Richmond

Mr. Hopeful

John Hempelmann was there for Camelot, nearly became a U.S. congressman, and is still shaping public policy—and the landscape—every day at Cairncross & Hempelmann

Q&A: Benjamin H. Hill III

Whether a fellow lawyer is in a sticky situation or a civic group needs help, people tend to turn to this commercial litigator at Tampa’s Hill Ward Henderson

Michael S. Berger: For the People

Q&A with a medical malpractice attorney—and activist at heart

How David C. Hilliard Got the Jacksonville Jaguars to Change Their Logo

The intellectual property lawyer at Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson is not afraid to litigate

Building Excitement

It’s not quite Disneyland, but Dayton real estate attorney Alan B. Schaeffer’s current project is one of a kind

Kathleen Evans

The 2010 president of the state bar practices estate law out of a charming old house in Salem with her husband, daughter and dog close at hand. She defines her career on her own terms

One Lawyer, Broad Horizons

David Allen is involved with everything from corporate finance to hunger awareness

‘If You Run Big, Dangerous Things, You Have an Obligation to Run Them Safely’

The philosophy of Constellation Energy’s Charles Berardesco

Manhattan Transfer

Real estate lawyer David Alan Richards transfers everything from Kipling books to air

The Ride of a Lifetime

Through nearly four decades of litigation, Jon Muth says it’s the people along the way who count

Dianne Jay Weaver, Weaver & Weaver, P.A., Jacksonville

How Weaver went from being called “The Skirt” to landing nearly twenty $1 million-plus verdicts. No one’s snickering now

Q&A With Charlie Wiggins, Wiggins & Masters, Bainbridge Island

How a ‘military brat’ ended up setting his sights on the state Supreme Court

Rx for Hospitals: Q&A with Robert P. Roth

Robert P. Roth practices medical malpractice defense at Portnoy & Roth in Bloomfield Hills. He recently became a troubleshooter for Hospital Corporation of America, the nation’s largest hospital chain

Q&A: Charles Pillans III

Bedell, Dittmar, DeVault, Pillans & Coxe, Jacksonville

Q&A: Robert K. Dawson, DawsonBrown, Seattle

The 55-year-old litigator is hooked on adrenaline—whether it be in the courtroom or hurtling through the air attached to a bungee cord  

Q&A: Barnes Ellis, Stoel Rives, Portland

Ellis reflects on 44 distinguished years in law. Though his practice tends toward the complex—consumer class actions and corporate governance—his formula for victory is simple: common sense, respect and a dash of humor      

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