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The Crusader

Jeff Anderson on law school, legal tactics and his ultimate goal—deposing Pope Benedict XVI

Jeff Anderson’s office might look like a museum, with its stained glass windows and vintage pulpit chairs. But the firm’s harried staff hardly resembles the hushed figures of the typical arts organization. Here, nobody pauses to admire the antiquities. They only stop to shout as Anderson speeds through. “Nice article in The Philadelphia Inquirer this morning,” bellows John Wodele, a publicist on contract with Jeff Anderson & Associates. Little surprise there. Anderson, the world’s …

The Critic

When Anthony Lowenberg isn’t handling products liability claims, he’s reviewing restaurants

One of Anthony Lowenberg’s favorite things about his job is learning about a client’s business. “I recently flew to Michigan and spent a day in a factory,” says the 36-year-old associate at Hermes Sargent Bates in Dallas. Lowenberg learned about the design and manufacture of the company’s complicated product, a robotic device used in manufacturing plants. At the end of the day, Lowenberg felt prepared to defend the business against a products liability claim. “It helped deeply when …

Can a Pagan Priest With a Beard Work in Food Service?

Such are the questions that keep Christopher Harristhal busy

Christopher Harristhal’s client was in a quandary. The restaurant owner had hired a man for a supervisor job, which would require food handling. Only one stipulation: no beards.  “At the time of the interview he did have a beard and was told the restaurant’s policy that the beard be shaved or at a minimum neatly trimmed,” says Harristhal, an employment attorney and shareholder at Larkin Hoffman. “So he comes to work; he hasn’t shaved. A few weeks go by and he is talked to. At that …

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