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Whether in court or on his bike, Peter O’Mara approaches life at full speed

Some judges have it in for DWI defense lawyer Peter O’Mara. “There are certain courts where it seems no matter what your client says, you have no chance of winning,” he says. Yet even those judges who find the clients he represents unsympathetic recognize his talent. One, the Hon. Gerald J. Eak of the Brick Township Municipal Court, even put it in the record.   “Mr. O’Mara, you know, each case I watch you in, and I’ve had the privilege to do that for the 11 years I’ve sat here, …

Head of the Class

Marc Zitomer gets straight A’s from his school district clients

You know the character Nelson Muntz on The Simpsons? The schoolyard bully who punctuates his pranks with a satisfied “Ha ha!”? Imagine him with a laptop. That’s the type of character Marc Zitomer deals with all the time.   “Cyber-bullying is a big issue for us,” says the lawyer at Schwartz Simon Edelstein Celso & Kessler (SSEC&K). “We had a situation that involved a student who created a ‘Vote for the ugliest girl in the eighth grade contest.’ It caused a real …

Show David Pepe the Money

He practically grew up at Yankee Stadium. Now he makes his living negotiating big-league contracts

As David Pepe enters the Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer conference room, a mid-October rain falls outside, rendering the day gray and autumnal. The sure sign another baseball season will soon be in the record books. Yet while professional baseball may nearly be done for the year, Pepe’s busy season is just beginning.   “It’s negotiation time for our free agents,” says the dark-haired and goateed 41-year-old attorney and sports agent. Pepe is the co-founder of Pro Agents Inc., …

To Hell and Back

Derek Gilman dodged bullets in Baghdad, you think figuring out tax policy worries him?

It’s not easy to run through Baghdad’s “Green Zone.” The air contains the fine grit of sand, pollution from the refineries fouls the air, and the dry heat feels like an oven. But none of that deterred Derek Gilman from getting in his daily four miles along the Tigris River. Not even gunfire.   “Fortunately, the river is very wide at that place and the AK-47 is not a very accurate weapon over those distances, so that was OK,” says Gilman, a 44-year-old attorney with Day, Berry …

Saving Ray Charles

Ed Masterman and Paul Redmond convinced a Boston judge to send the music legend to drug rehabilitation instead of prison

Ed Masterman and Paul Redmond may not have received the face time of, say, The Raelettes, but they played a crucial role in the movie Ray. They are mentioned in a scene toward the end of the film. Federal marshals have arrested the legendary musician for possession of heroin and a judge is giving him the option to break his addiction in a locked ward close to his Los Angeles home. A hospital-gowned Charles sits with the physician overseeing his treatment, Dr. Hacker. “[The judge] was …

Pull a Fast One on David Chase’s Lawyer? Fuhgeddaboudit!

Nothing in entertainment law is likely to get past Peter Skolnik

Every lawyer has a defining moment in his career. For Peter L. Skolnik, that moment came in 1987 when he was taking his first deposition as an associate with Cravath, Swaine & Moore. “After nine months with the firm,” Skolnik recalls, “I was sent off to take a deposition of the chairman of the board of the 3M Corporation. It was a merger and acquisition takeover, big-stakes litigation. Because it was raging in 20 different jurisdictions, the legal team was stretched thin enough …

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