About Jessica Ogilvie

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Jessica Ogilvie is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington PostLos Angeles Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, BuzzfeedL.A. Weekly and many more. She was a contributing editor at Playboy for six years, and is currently at work on a memoir.

Articles written by Jessica Ogilvie

'If I Ever Get in Trouble, Call Brian Sun'

Colleagues call the Jones Day attorney both relentless and a consummate gentleman

Brian Sun is a bulldozer of a man. Stocky and broad with a military-style buzzcut, he is colorful and succinct when talking about his 40-year career. Even when describing confidential federal cases, Sun doesn’t fumble for words. “When I go meet with the Department of Justice next week, they’re going to know I’m very passionate,” says Sun, 62, the partner-in-charge at Jones Day’s L.A. office, from behind the desk of his 50th-floor office. “It doesn’t mean they’re going to …

The Great Promise

Moez Kaba, a first-generation Pakistani Muslim, reps clients from the LGBT community to a Koch brother

In 2002, while completing his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Moez Kaba was faced with a dilemma most law students wouldn’t mind having: Harvard or Columbia? A first-generation Pakistani Muslim, Kaba was offered scholarships to both law schools; but ultimately his decision didn’t come down to the money or even the quality of each university.  “Deep in my heart,” he says, “I really wanted to be in New York, because I wanted to be out. I wanted to be a …

Kindred Spirits

Mia Yamamoto spent years working for social justice before finding it for herself

Mia Yamamoto recalls the exact moment in Vietnam in the 1960s when her survival instinct kicked in. It wasn’t when she volunteered for the draft in 1966, or when she was deployed in 1967, or even when she touched ground that same year; it was when the bullets started flying. “You start ducking,” she says. “These guys are serious. Those were some serious bullets, man. I am not getting into this party.” Like most other young people who enlisted with the U.S. Army at that time, Yamamoto …

The Five-Tool Player

Inspired by an injustice, bored by the CIA, business litigator Michelle J. Correll keeps moving

Michelle J. Correll remembers the day her father came home from court after his final divorce hearing. She was 16.  “He sat down,” she says. “And he was in tears.” Correll, an only child, had been living with her parents in Lake Jackson, Texas, a small town south of Houston, since she was small. Her father had wanted to leave her mother, whom Correll describes as “verbally abusive, psychologically abusive and physically abusive.” But after consulting with attorneys, he feared that …

Indubitably Holm

Top med-mal attorney Margaret Holm wants you to know she’s not that interesting

As Margaret “Peggy” Holm eases into her desk chair in a bright office in Orange County, she’s surrounded by, among other things, a life-size model of the human spine, thick volumes of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and silver-framed photos of her two children and two grandchildren. Her brown hair is ironed into a short bob, and large, dark-rimmed glasses give her the bearing of a magazine editor. She exudes confidence and warmth. But within seconds of sitting …

Tenacious E

As a child, Evan A. Jenness stood up to schoolyard bullies; as a criminal defense lawyer, she stands up to government overreach

In September 2008, Patrick A. McGowan, a former regional vice president for Ralphs grocery chain, was indicted by a federal grand jury and accused of falsifying the names and Social Security numbers of employees to keep them working during a strike several years earlier. If convicted, McGowan faced a maximum of 30 years in prison. It got worse before it got better. When his attorney dropped him over finances, McGowan thought he was done for. Then he was referred to Evan A. Jenness, a criminal …

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