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About Ross Pfund

Ross Pfund is the managing editor of Super Lawyers. He is the editor of the Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Southwest magazines. An award-winning editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience, he has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota. His work has also appeared in the Star Tribune and the Norman County Index. As a child, he knew he was cut out for a career in journalism because he never once stuck his hand into his father’s printing press.

Articles Written by Ross Pfund

From Student Council to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks on her life in law and public service

Paula Greisen Discusses 303 Creative v. Elenis

The civil rights lawyer on what makes it different from the Masterpiece cases and how SCOTUS may rule on it

Why Figure Skater Kalina Valieva Will Continue Competing

Sports lawyer Bill Bock weighs in on the controversy at the Olympics

What Should You Do After a Car Crash?

Steps to take after an accident in Texas

Perfect Fit

How Isabel Bonilla-Mathé ended up exactly where she needed to be

In the Aftermath of a Car Accident in Minnesota

Steps to take and tips for working with a lawyer

A Look at Criminal Record Expungement in Indiana

And reasons why to consider erasing criminal history

Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Arizona

And tips for working with a personal injury attorney

'As Iron Sharpens Iron'

Mike Blumenthal’s journey into the martial arts

Legal Cannabis and Criminal Record Expungement in Illinois

How expungement works and how you can speed up the process

What to Do After a Car Accident in Colorado

And what to expect when working with a personal injury lawyer

Exploring Criminal Record Expungement

How and why an Illinois resident can get their criminal charges expunged or sealed

Clearing Up Questions About Child Support

A Minnesota family law attorney weighs in on common misconceptions

The Basics on Child Support in Minnesota

A look at how it’s calculated and the categories of support

The Not-So-Secret Origin of Joe Gushue

Talking comics with the Philly patent lawyer

Things to Know When Considering a Cabin Trust in Minnesota

When is a cabin trust a good idea, and when should you choose another route?

Navigating the Legal System When You're Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Guidance for Minnesotans seeking to overcome barriers to legal access

What Is Disparate Impact Discrimination?

A lawyer weighs in on a lesser-known aspect of discrimination

Family Law in the Pandemic

A look at co-parenting, financial and logistical issues caused by COVID-19 in Colorado

Critical Save

‘Pro Bono Paladin’ Mark Surprenant lives up to the moniker 

Understanding How Damages Work in Your Car Accident Case

The basics on economic and non-economic damages and more for New Mexico residents

Cannabis Business in Arizona: The Basics

What to know in the wake of Prop 207

Reasonable Work Accommodations in the Age of COVID

Extraordinary times and reasonable measures at New York workplaces

How to Form a Union

A Minnesota labor and employment lawyer lays out the five steps

Elder Law in New York During the Pandemic

Why it's crucial to get your agents in place

COVID Employment Questions Answered

A Minnesota employment lawyer weighs in on worker concerns

How COVID-19 Is Affecting Family Law Matters

A Colorado attorney speaks on the pandemic’s impact on his clients

Helping Where He Can

Ryan Schildkraut contributes to the effort to support craft brewing employees during the COVID-19 pandemic

From the Depths of Hell to a Courtroom in Madison

Jeff Simmons finds himself in the middle of a battle between two comic book titans

A Channeling in Billings

Chaos erupted after Steve Harman employed a Spence-style courtroom tactic

“The Collective Failure”

Ropes & Gray attorneys on investigating Larry Nassar

When the FBI Comes Calling

What Ken Eichner has learned from years of “playing in the FBI’s sandbox”

Laying the Legal Smackdown

A brief history of Super Lawyers and World Wrestling Entertainment

Mom Genes

Tanya Helfand practices family law with family

From AP to IP

The skills Kalpana Srinivasan learned as a reporter help with high-stakes litigation

Seven Questions With Lloyd Shefsky

The author takes us inside his new book

Hopeful Vigilance for PyeongChang 2018

Anti-doping advocate Bill Bock weighs in Russia’s Olympic ouster

New Game Plus

How Stephen McArthur turned his gaming passion into a niche practice

Q&A: Paulette Brown

We caught up with the American Bar Association president after her keynote speech at a recent Minnesota Black Women Legal Network event to talk about diversity and mentorship in the legal world

For the Love of Bloomington

Betsy K. Greene of Greene & Schultz on representing plaintiffs, doing victory dances and pushing those damned boulders

Objective Empathy

Family law attorney Gemma Allen of Ladden & Allen on creative applications of the law, overcoming sexism and why it’s riskier for clients to dance on tables nowadays

Under the Microscope

How Serial helped C. Justin Brown’s case for Adnan Syed—and how it opened his every legal move to scrutiny

J.D., JD

James “J.D.” Smeallie of Holland & Knight in Boston speaks out on athletic conference realignment litigation, leading the Boston Bar and being quoted in Sports Illustrated

From the Uneven Parallel Bars to the Bar

Anne Schiavone of Holman Schiavone on employment law, working with kids and the study habits she developed as a competitive gymnast

The Benefits of Raising Your Hand

Scott A. Wolfson of Wolfson Bolton in Troy on bittersweet boom times and how a bankruptcy lawyer wound up trying a freedom of religion case

Turning the Page

A few months before retiring from the state Supreme Court, Justice Alan Page sat down with us to look back at his judicial career

Beyond the Front Page

Civil litigator David A. Strassburger of Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky in Pittsburgh on media law, courtroom surprises and moving past yellow legal pads

Hanging on the Telephone

Lorena Olmos, of Modrall Sperling in Albuquerque, on taking cold calls from employment law clients, tailoring her courtroom strategy and getting in on the crazy

My Case, I Rest

Litigator Steve Farrar of Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greenville speaks about his background in accounting, finding humor in the courtroom, and why his grandkids call him Yoda

Known Unknowns

Andy Hull of Hoover Hull Turner on finding antique radios, empathizing with professional liability clients and overcoming early-career jitters

If the Robe Fits

Lynn Luker returned to her business litigation and civil litigation defense practice in January after a six-month appointment to the Orleans Parish Civil District Court. We spoke with her in the middle of her judicial stint

The Right Connections

How Notre Dame law student Alisa Finelli linked need with know-how

How Dondi West Was Won

The Baltimore lawyer keeps his eyes on the frontiers of technology while helping fellow service members

Using All 24

Perpetually busy Providence-based litigator Mark B. Morse never met a practice area he didn’t like

BMOC

Ian Cooper of Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt in St. Louis tells us about representing universities and handling controversies

From the Red River Valley to the Iron Range

Fergus Falls-based attorney and former state bar president Dick Pemberton of Pemberton Law has tried dozens upon dozens of cases in every corner of the state

Pro Bono vs. Cons

Villanova Law student Vanessa Stine assists immigrants who’ve been victims of notario fraud

The Grappler

Former collegiate wrestler C. James Zeszutek learned discipline on the mat. Now, as a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl in Pittsburgh, he puts it to use for some of college sports’ most well-known coaches

When Life Gives You Lemon Law …

How Amy Bennecoff makes lemonade for her clients

Building It From Scratch

Elder law solo practitioner Claire E. Lewis on the Affordable Care Act, dealing with end-of-life issues, and her involvement in establishing the practice area in Indiana

Fowler Libre

International lawyer George J. Fowler III of Fowler Rodriguez speaks freely on Fidel Castro, maritime disasters and intestinal fortitude

Diving In

How Loyola law student Laura Diven plunged into the issues facing LA’s HIV/AIDS community

Looking Beyond Aqualung

Providence-based family law attorney Tim Conlon on computer crime in the ’80s, suing the Roman Catholic Church as a Catholic, and how society can help prevent institutional child abuse

The Persistence of Mary Anne Sedey

The St. Louis-based employment litigator speaks on pushing through discovery, her voir dire strategy and giving legal advice to Thurgood Marshall

Expecting the Unexpected

Duluth-based defense attorney David Keegan of Keegan Law Office on authenticity, courtroom surprises and representing the man who turned a recliner into a vehicle

Fast Track

Richard W. Hughes of Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg & Bienvenu in Santa Fe shares his thoughts on Indian law, the Peter MacDonald case, and getting a legal services job before he had his law degree

From Bailiff to Bar

Trial lawyer Nathaniel Lee of Lee & Fairman on getting his foot in the door, President Barack Obama and the year he had 24 cases lined up

Fundamental Fairness

Trey McCowan of Kean Miller in Baton Rouge speaks on the role of the judicial system after natural disasters, the quality of Louisiana’s environmental litigators and working to improve the quality of representation for post-conviction cases.

The Code of Law

Former computer programmer Michael A. Albert of Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks has developed one of Massachusetts' most significant IP litigation practices

Love of the Deal

Aleksandra “Aleks” Miziolek, the director of Dykema’s automotive industry group, follows the golden rule of transactional law: get the deal done

Seeing How The Evidence Comes In

After 45 years as one of Duluth’s busiest—and most successful—trial lawyers, Tom Thibodeau still considers himself a student

Morrow in the Middle

Williamsburg-based mediator Joan Morrow, who practices across the country, speaks about fundamental neutrality, navigating emotional minefields and going from gladiator mode to counselor mode

Philadephia Born and Bred

Workers’ comp attorney Samuel H. Pond, one of the founders of Pond Lehocky Stern Giordano, draws on his blue-collar background to create a successful practice

Ann of All Trades

Over the course of her 27-year career, from construction to employment to insurance to lobbying law, Ann Maloney Conway of Keleher & McLeod in Albuquerque has loved anything that gets her into the courtroom

The Great Generalist

Jon Laramore of Baker & Daniels on how the lessons he learned working in government—in both civil and criminal arenas—give him a leg up in his appellate law practice

The Problem Solver

Former IRS attorney Jaye A. Calhoun of McGlinchey Stafford on how tax law can be a bit like the Wild West or Nintendo

Standing Up to Bullies

Playwright-turned-litigator Hank Bates of Carney Williams Bates Pulliam & Bowman in Little Rock goes up against those who prey on the poor

Gail McCann Brings People Together

The real estate attorney at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge in Providence facilitates collaboration in her law practice and in her alumni activities at Brown University

Mary Daniel Finds Her Voice

How the health care attorney learned to speak up

Scientific inquiry

Sharon M. Woods, of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, applies scientific thinking to her business litigation practice

The Quiet Passion of Shamus O’Meara

The Johnson & Condon attorney advocates for those with developmental disabilities

Team Player

Richard Meneghello promotes collaboration—in court and on the soccer field

Kate of All Trades

Wyoming’s Kate Fox specializes in doing everything, and doing everything well

Trademarks, Dragon Boats and Roberta Jacobs-Meadway

The Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott IP attorney found her strength on the water during her recovery from breast cancer

Collaboration, Community Building and John Salazar

What the Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb attorney gets out of his real estate practice

First One In, Last One Out

Michael D. Sirota makes it his business to work harder than the competition

Preparation, the High Road and Elliott Levin

The Rubin & Levin partner speaks on bankruptcy law and why he never underprepares for a case

Ethics, Dignity and Judy Barrasso

The Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver attorney speaks on the importance of details and why she’s been in trial so often in the past five years

Mike McLaren Keeps It Simple

Litigator Mike McLaren of Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee in Memphis boasts a varied practice, working in business litigation, medical malpractice defense and environmental law. He also has a varied listing on IMDB.com, having appeared in seven movies in various roles, including a judge, a basketball player and a psychiatrist smitten with Sandra Bullock.

A Q&A with Daniel Papermaster

On hosting the Clinton-Dole debate and working with Joe Lieberman for decades

Warsaw Pact

While growing up in Poland, St. Louis litigator Zofia A. Garlicka pledged to become a lawyer, just like her legendary father

Marsh Halberg’s Equal Protection

Criminal defense lawyer Marsh Halberg gives all clients his best, even the questionable ones, so he can stay sharp for the innocents

On the Level

Construction lawyer Adam Richins isn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves for clients

Did You Know There Are 22 Tribes in New Mexico?

Lynn Slade does and has made it his life’s work to understand Indian law

In Pat Robertson’s Orbit

Lou Isakoff went from the Christian Broadcast Network to Regent University

Q&A With James Knauer

Over the course of his career, James Knauer of Kroger, Gardis & Regas has served as federal receiver in four Ponzi scheme cases, and helped about 200,000 former employees of Walmart reach a class action settlement with the retail giant.

Q&A: William Massey

Memphis-based Bill Massey of Massey McCluskey is one of Tennessee’s top criminal defense and death penalty attorneys, but he still makes time to teach young lawyers

Q&A With Paul Sugarman

The co-founder of Sugarman & Sugarman with his brother Neil, Paul Sugarman has, over the course of a 50-year legal career, scored victories over General Motors and Eli Lilly in personal injury cases and has championed court reform.

Download This Story

John Browning sticks up for the average guy against the recording industry

He Oughta Be an English Teacher

Peter Hahn grades the essays kids actually want to write

Mr. Wagoner Goes to Columbus

Ohio State Rep. Mark Wagoner is both lawyer and lawmaker

The Soul of a Poet

How he became a lawyer is stranger than fiction

Fishing for Dollars

The Bilzin Sumberg trial attorney put his passion to good use

Who Wants to be Dan Blonsky?

He gave Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? a shot

Fever Pitcher

David T. Mitrou takes his throwing arm to the big screen, courtesy of the Farrelly Brothers

Furcal's Pinch Hitter

Thanks in large part to William Head, the Braves were able to eke out game two of the National League law Division Series

Flying With the Hawk

Cheryl Leb protects the legacy of Ben Hogan

From JD to DJ

David K. Greer charms both juries and radio listeners

The Life Aquatic

Since Fanning and his wife Carolyn made their yacht a permanent home in 2001, they have traveled more than 10,000 ocean miles

Breaking the Code of Bureaucracy

George Parker Jr. (left) helped World War II veteran Teddy Draper Sr. finally get the benefits — and the Purple Heart — that he’d been denied for 60 years

Steve Stodghill, Master Thespian

Steve Stodghill steals the show from Luke Wilson as his lawyer in The Wendell Baker Story

Out to the Ballgame

Talmage Boston’s new book explores baseball’s most important year

Curb Your Prosecution

Todd Melnik tracked down the Curb Your Enthusiasm footage that proved Juan Catalan’s innocence

Does That Star Spangled Banner Yet Wave?

A tearful Julie Wotasik receives the battle flag from Parris honoring her deceased son

Mr. Lewis Goes to Washington

John Lewis’ pro bono case lands him in rare company

Super Idealist

Jeff Selbin with partner Laurel Fletcher and their daughter Aiden

Surprise, You’re Aleutian!

An unexpected phone call puts Tom Weathers on a new path in life

The King of Pro Bono

Pro bono work gives Blum the chance to get out of the office and into the courtroom

The Pen is Mightier

Panatier likes making trouble across party lines

Oh, Oh, It's Magic

Beckman can turn a Barbie doll into a living, breathing human being

Bock in the Saddle Again

In court or the arena, Bock takes challenges in stride

The Lawyer as Swinger

Doug Clapp scores low on the golf course and high in his law practice

Video Games Will Rot Your Brain

For Damon Watson, playing games is serious business

The Long Road to Justice

More than 50 years ago, the government withheld financial reparations from the families of three plane-crash victims. Now that might change, thanks to Drinker Biddle & Reath

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