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A Star is Born

Rebecca Steele’s unusual career turn

As a stage director in New York City, Rebecca Steele worked with some of the most familiar names in theater: August Wilson, John Patrick Shanley and Mac Wellman, to name a few. But, as often happens to artists who come to New York to pursue their creative calling, she eventually ran out of cash.   Instead of giving up on her artistic career, Steele returned home to Tampa, Fla., to try to save up enough money to return to New York. This time, a happier circumstance changed her plans. “I got …

The Bard of the Bar

Stephen Wiley finds himself in his poetry

On the first day of poetry class at the College of St. Elizabeth in September 2000, the main concern of Stephen Wiley, a then-71-year-old attorney, had nothing to do with iambic pentameter. It was the professor’s announcement that submissions should be typed. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, what have I gotten myself into!’” he says with a laugh. Fortunately, the Morristown litigator likes a challenge. So he dusted off his word processor, arranged his home office and set out to …

Super Lawyers and Serendipity

Bringing people together, one attorney at a time

“Some things in life are serendipitous,” says insolvency attorney Charles Stanziale, explaining how he ended up at McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter after his own practice dissolved after 31 years. In this case, serendipity and Super Lawyers worked hand in hand. It was in the very pages of last year’s issue that Stanziale saw an ad for McElroy Deutsch, whose partners he knew, and decided to make a call. Turned out the 200-lawyer firm lacked a bankruptcy practice …

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