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Jessica Centers Glynn is a writer and teacher in Denver, Colorado. She earned her journalism degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her award-winning reporting has also appeared in The Anniston Star and Westword.

Articles written by Jessica Glynn

Better Late

At 59, Mary Caruso became an attorney—and that’s not the twist to her story

“I have a mouth on me,” says Mary Caruso. “You can pretty much ask me anything.” That’s good, because the 67-year-old plaintiff’s attorney at AlderLaw in Los Angeles has one helluva story to share—with a great twist ending. And, believe it or not, the twist isn’t that she left the corporate world after 25 years and became a lawyer at age 59.  Caruso takes considerable pride in her nontraditional path to the law. She went to work at age 15 to support her family when her …

The Human Element

Even plaintiff’s lawyers salute Mike O’Donnell’s decency

When the verdict was read, Mike O’Donnell did not celebrate.  Over the course of nine weeks in 2016, he had defended Michelin in a high-stakes trial in Florida. The plaintiffs, alleging that defective tires caused a highway rollover crash that left two teenagers with catastrophic brain injuries, were asking the jury for between $80 million and $1.2 billion in damages. The courtroom was packed with supporters of the family when the jury read its decision: a defense verdict. O’Donnell wished …

What Can You Do When Your Home Renovation Goes Awry?

Exploring Colorado homeowners' legal options

Before Tiffanie D. Stasiak hired a contractor to renovate her kitchen, dining room and den, she made herself a regular spectator at one of the company’s current projects. For his renovation project, Ivan A. Sarkissian learned as much as he could—through reviews and interviews—before he started. As construction attorneys in Denver’s booming market, they’ve both seen and litigated enough remodel-gone-wrong horror stories to know how important it is for homeowners to look for the red …

Madigan, Bargain Again

Denise Madigan helps teach female professionals to negotiate for themselves

Denise Madigan believes negotiation is a skill that can be taught, practiced and improved upon. Her own story proves it. Before earning her J.D. from Harvard and embarking on a 30-year career as a professional mediator, she came out of grad school and accepted the first salary she was offered. She told herself she was lucky to get the job and didn’t want to risk losing the opportunity by appearing too demanding. “I subsequently learned this is something a lot of women do, and it ends up …

Vindicating Victims

Why did Trump supporter Douglas H. Wigdor take on Fox News? The same reason he’s sued the Weinstein Company, NY1 and, yes, Uber

Douglas H. Wigdor is no stranger to the spotlight. At his eponymous firm, he represents victims of discrimination and sexual assault against high-profile defendants such as Uber, Harvey Weinstein and Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He recently made headlines as the Trump-supporting conservative leading a crusade against the president’s favorite media outlet, Fox News, having filed an onslaught of racial- and gender-discrimination suits against the company at the same time news of sexual harassment …

Tales Out of School

Timothy J. Mullins represents school districts and their myriad legal issues

Consider some of the most controversial issues of our time: gun violence, sexual harassment, transgender rights, and the ramifications of rapidly changing technology. Timothy J. Mullins gets to weigh in on all of them, thanks to a practice area that is as niche as it is varied: school law.  “Everything in society comes to schools, so if you have something happening in the community, you’re going to see it at school,” he says.  Over 30 years, it has gone from one aspect of Mullins’ …

Antiques Homeshow

How Arthur Saito came to steward an Asian art collection

When Arthur K. Saito was just 5 years old, he was captivated by a small framed symbol hanging on the wall of his family’s home in California. His parents were both immigrants, and his father, an artist from Japan, filled their house with paintings and statues from East and West: ceramics, woodblock prints, sculpture and breathtaking embroidered silk screens. The symbol on the wall that captured Saito’s attention was a Japanese calligraphy print of the Chinese character for tiger. “It was …

Get Back Up

No matter how many times he’s been knocked down, Michael Burg always rises

When Michael S. Burg was 12 years old, he found a biography of Clarence Darrow on his parents’ bookshelf and decided that if his NBA career did not take off—at 6-foot-2, he was the Wilt Chamberlain of his junior high in Chicago—he would become a lawyer. Not just any lawyer, of course. Darrow had said, “The only real lawyers are trial lawyers.” Fifty years later, Burg held up that same tattered biography, theatrically watching a piece of the cover crumble to the ground, as he received …

How Do Arbitration Clauses Impact Class Action Lawsuits?

The recent developments in class actions waivers

Remember those class action notices you’d get in the mail about an injury you didn’t know you’d suffered? Has it been a while? That may be because of the fine print of user agreements—like the ones you don’t read and then click to approve with your bank or phone service. “The big recent development in class action litigation is arbitration clauses that may prevent you from bringing a class action claim,” says Anthony L. Giacomini of Fennemore law firm in Denver, Colorado, who has …

How to Defend a Discrimination Claim

Employment lawyers give their advice

Julie A. Gafkay, an employment lawyer at Gafkay Law Firm, thinks the best way for a company to avoid the employment actions she sees most often—sexual harassment and wrongful termination—begins with preventative measures and a little common sense. “The best way to avoid a discrimination lawsuit is to be fair, consistent and treat people equitably,” she says. Michigan is an at-will state, meaning employees can be discharged at any time, with or without cause—so long as they aren’t a …

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