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The Man Who Made Driving Safer

Jeff Embry spotted a flaw in airbags and pushed for their redesign

When the dust settles after a car accident, and if everyone is safe, the passengers might want to thank Jeff Embry. In the late 1990s, Embry handled several cases involving improper vehicle airbag designs. He says airbags were deploying too aggressively, causing unnecessary injuries to passengers. So he set about to change how airbags were made. Embry, the lead lawyer of a team at the Turley Law Firm, finally got companies like Honda, Nissan, Toyota and General Motors to stop denying there was …

From the Produce Aisle to the Courthouse

Juan Garcia started out in supermarkets and ended up in Super Lawyers

Whether Juan Garcia is bagging groceries or bagging victories in the courtroom, it’s tough for anybody to outwork him. “I was always afraid other people were going to be a lot smarter and more capable than I was,” Garcia says. “There may be people smarter and with more life experience out there; but nobody is going to outwork me.” When he was 16, Garcia went to a Kroger grocery store to apply for a job and was hired as a sacker on the spot. “They threw an apron at me and I worked …

Play It Again, Joe

Stallone inspires children to turn to music

Whether he is advising Grammy winners or school children, Joe Stallone thrives on working with the musical lives of people. Stallone, a 39-year-old partner at Houston-based Oaks, Hartline & Daly, heads up the firm’s entertainment section. He represents musicians, including a few Grammy winners, as well as record labels, recording studios and booking agents. So what’s he doing spending his afternoons hanging out with underprivileged kids? “Music and fine arts are often the first …

Late Bloomer

How Corrado Cirillo demonstrated his wherewithals

At 13, Corrado Cirillo, now an associate at Sheboygan-based law firm Olsen Kloet Gunderson & Conway, was told he had the demeanor of a lawyer by a cook at one of his father’s restaurants. In the U.S. Army during the early 1980s, men from his platoon asked for his advice, feeling he had some unique “logical sense.” It was high school that wasn’t so kind. Cirillo, pleading academic laziness, had a 2.1 GPA. “I always wanted to go to college, and [law school] was something I always …

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