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When a Case Cries Out for Justice

Kevin Glasheen takes on Cargill, railroads and the Lone Star State

Kevin Glasheen has taken on railroads, multinational corporations, colleges, even the state of Texas. He’s one of the most widely known personal injury attorneys in West Texas, respected (if not always loved) by roughnecks and state senators alike. All of which makes for a pretty impressive résumé, considering he flunked out of college. Glasheen began undergrad work at the University of Texas with a fierce independent streak and no real goals. In his first semester, he took five classes and …

The Very Busy World of Matt Kline

A young lawyer is tapped to help rewrite America’s war powers legislation

Matt Kline was home for Christmas in 2006 when he got the note from his friend Chris. Chris—as in former Secretary of State Warren Christopher, a fellow O’Melveny & Myers partner—was working on a new project and needed Kline’s help. That project turned out to be the National War Powers Commission, a high-profile bipartisan group comprised of former American political leaders and would design policy to replace the country’s vexing, aging war powers legislation. Pro bono work. A …

The Storyteller

Bill Mauzy pays close attention to plot, character and motivation

People call Bill Mauzy a criminal defense lawyer. Mauzy prefers something else: storyteller. After all, he says, “A well-tried criminal defense case is the presentation of a really effective narrative.” When potential clients visit his office, he listens to the facts and lets his mind arrange them into plot and character and motivation. After an hour or so he’s either thinking something like, “Oh, goodness, this case is going nowhere,” or rehearsing closing arguments in his head. When …

The Defense Never Rests

It’s rarely tea time for the hard-charging Earl Gray

One morning late last spring, Earl Gray stood in the courtroom next to Michael Kozlowski, the truck driver accused of causing an accident that killed five people aboard a Chippewa Falls High School bus. Gray was about to lay out the defense he would maintain throughout the case: that the 78-year-old bus driver, who died in the crash and whose widow was in the courtroom, was the one at fault. A fainter heart would have obsessed over the widow’s reaction. Not Gray. He was thinking about only …

Huang Time

Eugene Huang tears himself away from ESPN to advocate for Asian lawyers (and his daughter)

Eugene Huang never used to think much about his racial identity, or his role in the community, for that matter. For most of his career, the partner at Wiley, Malehorn, Sirota & Raynes in Morristown was perfectly content to go to work, do his job, keep his head down, come home and watch SportsCenter. Then five years ago his daughter Madeline was born. "It's one thing for me to be plugging away in my office, that's great," says the 37-year-old business transaction and estate planning lawyer. …

Ed Mullin Is No Mother Teresa

But he did advocate for her mission in one memorable case

Ed Mullin had seen pro bono cases like this play out before—a group proposes a homeless shelter, local officials get skittish, lawyers are called, the group is strong-armed into going away. This time, he pledged, things would be different. For one, St. Patrick's, his hometown church in Norristown, was involved. Second, Mother Teresa—Mother Teresa—was leading the charge. This was back in November 1984. Mullin, who chairs the real estate and land use department at Hamburg, Rubin, Mullin, …

An Idea Takes (West) Wing

Michael Gordon had an idea for the Emmy-winning show—and got it on the air

To practice environmental law is to devour countless documents. Michael Gordon has plowed through the stacks many times for clients, looking for evidence of corporate or government negligence. It’s not glamorous or well-publicized work. Then Hollywood called. Gordon had spent years pitching environmental-themed ideas to his sister-in-law, Debora Cahn, a writer for The West Wing. “I would regale her with my stories and ideas for an environmental TV show,” he says, which he envisioned as …

Let's Be Careful Out There

Victor Rotolo has gone from making police busts to courtroom arguments

For many lawyers, the greatest terror they face is the bar exam. Not Victor Rotolo. He knows about real fear. For two years he served as a police officer in his hometown of Elizabeth. He'd come across dealers selling in the open air, armed thugs shooting at each other (and sometimes hitting their targets), bar fights spilling onto the sidewalks. Behind closed doors, he'd discover men beating their wives and robbers looting homes. It wasn't for the faint of heart. "There were plenty of times …

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