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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

The Professional

Kenzo Kawanabe fights to live in a more meritocratic society

“Your honor, this case begins with the Constitution and ends with our children.” With these words on Aug. 1, 2011, Kenzo Kawanabe began the five-week Lobato v. State of Colorado education trial that ended in a historic ruling that called the state’s funding for education not only “irrational and inadequate,” but “unconstitutional” and “unconscionable.” To get that result, Kawanabe, a partner at Davis Graham & Stubbs in Denver, helped recruit and manage a team of more than …

The Life of Reilly

Dan Reilly has a simple goal: he wants to put together the greatest trial team in the country

The writing is on the wall, literally, at Reilly Pozner, where every office is splashed with a water-based paint that turns walls into whiteboards. The unique design allows attorneys conferring on a case to write what they need to write, and map out what they need to map out, wherever they happen to be. In the office of co-founder Dan Reilly, the walls are currently covered with notes and charts breaking down Bank of America’s $8.5 billion mortgage-bond settlement to resolve claims from …

Normal Genius

Malcolm Wheeler can win a case just by showing up

How good is Malcolm Wheeler? Since 1980, when he helped convince a jury the Ford Pinto wasn’t a death trap, Wheeler, now 66, has been the preeminent products liability defense attorney in the country. He helped write the law on punitive damages. He saved the auto industry billions by quashing no-airbag claims before the U.S. Supreme Court. He’s been the national trial counsel for Ford, Pfizer and Whirlpool, and has made several appearances on CNN, 20/20 and Dateline to speak on behalf of …

Wartime Consigliere

How Richard Baer, accidental general counsel and wannabe cop, helped Qwest survive a $3 billion accounting scandal

Richard Baer came to Qwest in 2001 as the company’s stock was falling and an accounting scandal was unfolding, and he took the reins of the legal department in 2002 as it struggled under the weight of government investigations and shareholder allegations of fraud and insider trading.   “The company needed a wartime consigliere and that’s what they got with Rich Baer,” says Jim Lyons of Rothgerber, Johnson & Lyons, who represents Qwest’s board of directors. “He inherited the …

Lane v. U.S.

Whether defending death row inmates or Balloon Boy’s dad, David Lane strives to keep government abuse in check

Juan Quintero was an illegal immigrant charged with murdering a beloved cop in Houston—a city with 130 executions since 1976. That’s a body count higher than in any city in the U.S., and higher than any state in the U.S. except for Texas. Colorado trial lawyer and death penalty expert David Lane was brought in by a Houston attorney to help with the defense.   Quintero had been pulled over for a traffic violation by Officer Rodney Johnson, a hero who had recently rushed into a burning …

'Who Did You Rep During the Global Financial Meltdown, Daddy?'

How an all-star line-up of lawyers helped ensure that Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were bought, and someone, somewhere, cared about Bernie Madoff

They’ve been vilified—even threatened—by a cash-strapped public for their roles defending the accused white-collar crooks and bailout and bonus recipients of Wall Street. But these lawyers in banking, bankruptcy, mergers and acquisitions, and criminal defense have been working at a frantic, often sleepless pace to salvage jobs, stock values and the very institutions the world economy depends on.   H. Rodgin Cohen Sullivan & Cromwell When they finally write the history of the …

Protecting the Insider

Four whistleblower attorneys tell their stories

Times have changed for whistleblowers. Once dismissed as troublemakers who threaten jobs and industries, today's whistleblowers are more often seen as people of conscience who risk career and reputation to expose corporate and government incompetence or corruption. Witness Time magazine naming three whistleblowers—who called out Enron, Worldcom and the FBI—its Persons of the Year for 2002. Still, the court of public opinion is very different from a court of law. Whistleblower law, with its …

The Gentle Giant

Bill Keating represents injured clients with uncommon compassion

Bill Keating is an intimidating presence—on the football field or in the courtroom. The former Denver Bronco turned personal injury lawyer is known for his record-breaking victories in the courtroom. But his winning qualities, according to those who know him, aren't his imposing size or occasional bursts of passion, but his empathy and dedication. And if you ask him about himself or his cases, he'll inevitably turn the subject to his clients, praising their attitudes and resilience. "I think …

We Will Sell No Astrachan Before Its Time

James Astrachan is a "professionally focused attorney" mixed with the "nuttiness of an intuitive ad man"

James Astrachan writes the book on advertising law. Literally. In 2007 his firm, Astrachan Gunst Thomas, took over the internationally published The Law of Advertising, which means Astrachan now spends his weekends reading every meaningful case in his field so he can help produce the three 400-page updates each year. "We took it over from Peter Rosden, who, with his father, was the original author going back to the 1970s," he says. "I've had this book in my library since 1981. All of a sudden, …

Staying Civil After 9/11

Three civil rights lawyers—Michael Ratner, Arthur Eisenberg and Manuel Vargas—and their organizations fight for our most basic rights          

When the order came down in November 2001 giving the U.S. military the power to pick up and detain suspected terrorists anywhere in the world, Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), quickly decided he wanted his organization to represent the first detainees. Convincing the rest of the organization's leadership, however, was a tough sell. The Center was born in 1966 out of the Civil Rights movement. Ratner arrived in 1971, not so much to protect legal principles …

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