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Homage to Sarchio

The granddaughter of a Francisco Franco political prisoner, Christina Guerola Sarchio grew up to prosecute her FORMER neighborhood bully

Christina Guerola Sarchio first stepped into a courtroom at the age of 8 to watch her father become naturalized as a U.S. citizen. It was a significant moment—for her, and her family. It wasn’t an easy path for the Sarchio family from their native Spain to America. Her grandfather was a political prisoner in Spain under Francisco Franco. Once he got out, his daughter, Sarchio’s mother, found that there were few opportunities after the Civil War—particularly for those opposed to Franco. …

Princeton’s Pioneer

Teacher-turned-attorney Kathryn Bayless was the first female attorney to set up shop in her West Virginia town

Kathryn “Kay” Reed Bayless credits a bunch of junior high kids for her ability to win over jurors. “Talk to the jury like they are in the eighth grade,” says Bayless. “Nothing aggravates a juror more than a lawyer talking in a manner that is over [his or her] head … or under their heads, quite frankly.” The teacher-turned-attorney helms the Bayless Law Firm, a solo personal injury and employment law practice based in Princeton, where she grew up with five siblings. Her mother was …

Election Protection

Rajiv Parikh’s idea of a happy ending is when every vote counts

Lots of lawyers are off on Election Day. Not Rajiv Parikh. “I find it exhilarating,” says Parikh of his election law practice at Genova Burns. “There are so many moving pieces in an election, in addition to lofty constitutional issues. Every campaign operates as a small business would. They need insurance, they have to sign leases, they need cyber- security measures in place and advice on campaign finance laws.” He would know. Parikh served as general counsel to Cory Booker’s campaign …

Encountering Mrs. Smith

It would take more than a doubting guidance counselor to keep Miguel Alexander Pozo from his dream

As a lawyer who represents luxury brands, there’s a pretty good chance that Miguel Alexander Pozo can get his hands on any tie he wants. But his favorite is the one his mother made him when she was a factory worker sewing men’s ties in the 1980s. “Blue, semi-cool print, nothing flashy or fancy,” he recalls. “But I keep it to this day as a reminder.” A partner at Lowenstein Sandler, Pozo, 43, has cultivated a niche protecting high-end brands like Louis Vuitton, Mercedes-Benz and …

Energy Bar

Sheila Hollis has been having fun in energy law since the late 1970s

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter donned a cardigan sweater, took a seat by the fireplace in the White House library and told Americans the country was in an energy crisis. The light bulb had not yet gone on for most Americans, but attorney Sheila Hollis understood the significance. At the time, Hollis, still in her 20s, was acting as the first director of the Office of Enforcement of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. There, she helped establish the fundamental energy enforcement and …

Divorce, Business Style

Nicholas San Filippo helps clients deal with deadbeat partners

A business partnership gone sour is like a bad marriage. Partners squabble instead of tending to business. Some cheat or hide assets. Some have been known to take out credit cards in the other’s name, plant listening devices and charge Sweet 16 parties, boats and vacations to company expense accounts. And if they can’t work things out, Nicholas San Filippo will help them get a divorce. While the concept of business divorce is not new, the firm’s business divorce group was formed shortly …

‘The Blonde Blur’

Opposing counsel must move fast to keep pace with employment law innovator Nancy Erika Smith

The woman who has scored legal knockouts against such corporate giants as Mobil Oil and DuPont works from a surprisingly dainty-looking Queen Anne Victorian on a leafy street in Montclair. The shingles are pink, as is her office. The walls are decorated with portraits of groundbreaking women, from aviator Amelia Earhart to Shirley Chisholm, the African-American congresswoman from New York who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1972. “I am inspired by great women,” says Nancy …

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