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Strom's Right-Hand Man

Trey Branham gets a senator’s job done

While his friends spent their senior year spring break at beaches and at bars, Charles “Trey” Branham knocked on doors on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Interested in politics, he wanted to work in the belly of the beast. A family friend arranged an interview with Sen. Strom Thurmond, who had an opening on his staff. Thurmond only hired people from South Carolina, and Branham’s Hilton Head roots helped land him the job. “I was hired on a trial period,” Branham says. “Six weeks and …

Sen. Cornyn’s Adviser

Jim Ho plays well on both sides of the aisle

When John Cornyn was elected to the Senate in 2002, he called a friend in Washington, D.C., and asked for the names of a few good lawyers to be considered for his chief counsel. He received one name: James C. Ho.  Ho was not your typical pick. He was not a political operative, had never worked on Capitol Hill. And he had never worked with Cornyn. None of this mattered to the senator. "I was looking for the smartest lawyer I could find," Cornyn says. "People who are more political or …

How Mike McKool Keeps His Cool

He’s an uber-boy scout, ultra-prepared

Almost 20 years ago, Mike McKool asked a juror why she voted against him in a case and she said it was because of his cuff links—he came off as uppity. So he put them away. The ban isn’t just in the courtroom. It’s everywhere. If McKool won’t do something in the courtroom, he won’t do it out of the courtroom. “You have to be utterly sincere,” says McKool, a founding partner of the civil litigation firm McKool Smith. “Arrogance is the trial lawyer’s downfall. You can have …

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