About Carlos Harrison

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Carlos Harrison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, two-time Emmy nominee, and author of 16 books ranging from biographies to legal issues (e.g. The Ghosts of Hero Street, Trained to Kill and The Memorandum). A graduate of the University of South Florida, his articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Miami Herald, People, and other publications. Several of his articles for Super Lawyers have won awards from the Society for Professional Journalists.

Articles written by Carlos Harrison

Land of Opportunity

Andrés Correa believes that’s an ideal worth striving for

Andrés Correa remembers the violence: first as a child in Chile, when the military fired on protesters trying to oust dictator Augusto Pinochet; then as an immigrant in a poor neighborhood in New Orleans, where Correa witnessed two knifings. “It was not the America I had seen in the movies,” says Correa, now a commercial litigator and the first Latino partner at Lynn Pinker Hurst & Schwegmann in Dallas. “It was very visible that there was inequality and injustice in the United …

Raoul Cantero's Supreme Detour

The first Hispanic justice on the state’s high court set out to be more Grisham than gavel-wielder

The first Hispanic justice on Florida’s Supreme Court didn’t set out to make history—at least, not in the legal arena. “My ambition was to be a writer, a novelist, a sometime-guest on The Tonight Show.” That’s how Raoul Cantero put it in a bio for his undergraduate alma mater. On a recent spring day, he adds, “The last part was a joke, but the novelist part was absolutely true.”  Getting a law degree was just a way to pay the bills until he made it as an author. The …

Forward March

Two decades have brought big change—including a Hague custody niche—to Zashin & Rich

Two decades ago, when Andrew Zashin suggested taking on Hague Convention international child-custody cases, his father, Robert, didn’t exactly see the upside. Robert had co-founded the Cleveland family and employment law firm now run by sons Andrew and Stephen. “He said, ‘I just don’t see how this is going to work. There aren’t enough cases,’” recalls Andrew, the elder son. “I said, ‘Dad, there are more than people realize.” The problem, he said, was that lawyers and courts …

‘A True Advocate’

Whether uncovering appealable flaws or improving life for foster children, Marcy Hogan Greer infuses her work with passion

You could say Marcy Hogan Greer came to the law by way of the Middle Ages. But she has spent much of her career fighting to make sure that how we treat women, children and the poor doesn’t stay stuck there. Despite having an attorney/law professor for a father, she didn’t plan on becoming a lawyer herself. She left her hometown of Houston—named, incidentally, after her great-great-great-grandfather, Sam Houston—to pursue her love of language and the past, double-majoring in history and …

Second to None

To overcome racism, Elaine Johnson James' mother told her, she'd have to work harder than everybody else. She did.

On her first day at a new high school in 1965, Elaine Johnson James was met by a welcoming committee of sorts: picketers, carrying protest signs and shouting racial slurs at her as she made her way to the door. She was among the first group of Black children to enter a formerly all-white school on Chicago’s South Side. She was 12. Yes, 12. We’ll get back to that. When she got home, her father asked if she had been afraid. “I told him, ‘No, I was annoyed,’” she recalls. She’s been …

Speaking for Survivors

Richard Schulte and Michael Wright represent sexual-abuse victims of former OSU physician Richard Strauss

The allegations of abuse spanned 20 years. Twenty more passed before Ohio State University publicly acknowledged them and launched an investigation that identified 177 victims. All young male athletes. Wrestlers, fencers, swimmers and more. OSU students mostly, but high schoolers, too.  That was just the beginning. The findings triggered a cascade of suits accusing former athletic department physician Richard Strauss of groping, raping or otherwise sexually abusing students. More than 500 have …

Getting Tech Off the Ground

Airbus’ flying car is just one of the cutting-edge projects Sasha Rao gets to work on 

It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a pilotless urban air vehicle whisking commuters to their destinations.  OK, so not yet. But if that Jetsons-style future ever gets off the ground, it will be thanks in part to people like Sasha Rao, who says the biggest obstacle is not the swiftly developing technology, it’s the law. “There are probably over 50, probably a hundred companies in the [electric aircraft] space,” says Rao, who practices intellectual property litigation at Maynard, …

Family Matters

Jeanne Tate’s life’s work is about bringing parents and children together

Dozens upon dozens of children—from infants to teens—beam from photos covering the walls of Jeanne Tate’s Tampa firm, and a remarkable number of them bear her name. Boys named Tate, girls named Jeanne, some with Tate’s last name hyphenated to their own in a lifelong tribute for making their families possible.  Tate’s family law practice handles only adoptions and surrogacies, and she also runs a full-fledged adoption agency. The photos on her wall are a tiny fraction of the 4,000 …

Stirred, Not Shaken

Contract lawyer by day, Marc Kaliser raises mixology to a fine art

Marc Kaliser has spent a lot of time behind bars.  Those would be cocktail bars. The transactional lawyer and partner in Munck Wilson Mandala’s corporate law group in Dallas has transformed himself into a mixologist—a devotee of the lore of drink-making. In pre-pandemic times, he hosted events at his and friends’ homes and tended bar at parties. He also gives instructional demos to folks who request them on social media. His Instagram: @gallicaudae (Latin for “cocktails”). After …

Fighting 'Forever Chemicals'

How Rob Bilott's life became a mission to hold DuPont accountable

It began with a phone call he could barely understand. It became his life’s work, spurring two class-action lawsuits and a series of individual ones. It spawned dozens of magazine and newspaper articles, a movie and a book; and earned Rob Bilott, partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s Covington, Kentucky, and Cincinnati offices, the Right Livelihood Award, an international honor for tackling global problems that is often dubbed the “alternative Nobel Prize.”  And more than 20 …

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