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The Man of Many Faces

A chance encounter turned Kevin Duffis into an actor

Kevin Duffis has made a career out of seizing opportunity. In fact, he’s made about four or five careers out of it. Through the course of his life, Duffis has been a nurse, a soldier, an actor, a writer/producer and, most recently, a lawyer at Cotkin, Collins & Ginsburg. Not bad for a kid from the South Bronx.   After serving as a medic in the Vietnam War, Duffis decided to go back to college, and won a full scholarship to the USC Drama department when they saw him in a production of …

Pursuing Excellence, Three Steps at a Time

Irving Greines' second career

Some lawyers pick up a second career after they retire. Irving Greines picked up a second career while he was still practicing. The successful appellate lawyer at Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland maintains an art photography career in addition to his law practice.   “I like balancing two professional careers — I feel that each fuels the other,” says Greines. “Law involves lots of interruptions, phone calls, juggling many balls. When I go on photo trips, I like to be solitary … …

Kun's Poor Monster

Michael Kun’s hobby got him nominated for a Pulitzer

Lots of lawyers have hobbies to escape from the high pressures of their legal careers. Jackson Lewis partner Michael Kun’s hobby got him nominated for a Pulitzer.   You Poor Monster, Kun’s newly published book, is about a lawyer’s interactions with a charming and possibly pathological liar of a client. Much of the critical hype around the book stems from its somewhat unusual structure, complete with endnotes that tell a story parallel to the rest of the novel.   “A lot of the …

Suits and Sequins

Susan Rabin is no stranger to larger-than-life stars like Conan O’Brien

When she heads off for a day of work, Susan Rabin of Sayegh & Pham makes sure she’s got all the briefs and papers she’ll need for a day at the office. Oh, and her ukulele.   No, she’s not a luau lawyer. Her second career as a singer/performer started eight years ago with folk-jazz group Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks and with her own band, The Sinners. When she’s not representing clients in the entertainment industry, she hits the road and performs all over the world, from downtown …

William Penn: Pennsylvania’s Original Rising Star

More than perhaps any other single case, Penn’s trial refined the trial system of Britain and America

Most lawyers are used to arguing cases before a jury. But being thrown in jail with members of the same jury you are trying to convince? That would be a new experience. Yet that’s what happened to William Penn, the original Pennsylvania Rising Star. And what happened helped ensure the independence of the modern jury system. In 1670, Penn, the English gentleman, founder of Pennsylvania and inspiration for the United States Constitution, was a 25 year old who believed in certain …

Most Eligible Lawyer

D Magazine named Peggy Facklis one of the 12 Most Eligible Bachelorettes in Dallas

Rising Star Peggy Facklis has a smile that’s so infectious it should be quarantined. But when D Magazine noticed Facklis, they didn’t just catch her smile — they named her one of the 12 Most Eligible Bachelorettes in Dallas. Facklis is a 31-year-old associate at Jenkins and Gilchrist in Dallas who specializes in labor and employment law.   “That was such an embarrassing month for me,” she says. “I kind of expected more hell for it, though. Within my group, there was lots of humor, …

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