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Fraud-Busting on the Kansas Plains

Richard Hathaway and the Enron of the Midwest

Leaning back in his conference room chair, Richard L. Hathaway, senior litigation counsel for the District of Kansas in the U.S. Attorney’s quarters, looks like a middle linebacker at rest after a game. He’s a big man, round-faced, with close-cropped hair. He speaks softly and deliberately, measuring out each syllable. He’s given to suspenders and cowboy boots, and he’s known for prosecuting with skill, determination and a steely manner that some courtroom observers say borders on the …

Speaks Softly, Carries the First Amendment

Burton Joseph represents Playboy, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and you

Working for Playboy magazine isn’t always as sexy as it sounds. Over the last 15 years Burton Joseph, a special counsel at Playboy and the name partner in Chicago’s Joseph, Lichtenstein & Levinson, has helped defend a 52-year-old female convenience-store clerk who was arrested in Florida for selling Playboy to two 16-year-old boys, and a 49-year-old L.A. fire captain who was prohibited from reading the magazine during personal time at the firehouse. He has fought display restrictions in …

A Small Lawyer in High Places

Construction lawyer Susan McGreevy wears high heels and a hard hat

The skies are threatening over Hutchinson, Kan., and Susan McGreevy — the lead construction attorney for the full-service firm Husch & Eppenberger — is up on a school’s roof, all 4 feet 11 inches of her, tiptoeing in high heels to inspect what seems to be a faulty roofing job done by a subcontractor. She hurries down when the hail begins.   “It’s what I do,” she explains over breakfast. “I usually have a pair of work shoes in my car, but I didn’t know I’d be up …

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