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Lighting the Fire

José Feliciano sparks Hispanic empowerment

Don’t bother teasing José C. Feliciano about his name. He’s already gotten a ribbing from the leader of the free world. The exchange with President Bush took place at a meeting of the City Club of Cleveland last spring, an incident later lampooned on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Feliciano introduced himself during a question-and-answer period with the incredulous president, who said, “It’s like the time I called the guy and said, ‘Hey, this is George Bush,’ and he said, ‘Come …

Brokering Billions

Christopher Hewitt helped bring Federated and May together

If Thomas Wolfe had met Christopher J. Hewitt, he would have changed his mind and written You Can Go Home Again. After a three-year stint with a big corporate law firm in New York, the 37-year-old attorney is making a name for himself back home in Cleveland as a partner with Jones Day.   Hewitt attracted national attention in 2005 as the point man in Federated Department Stores’ $17 billion merger with the May Department Store Company, an accomplishment that prompted The National Law Journal …

A Lawyer Without Borders

Richard Herman is taking Cleveland international

In 1993, only a few weeks after passing his Ohio bar exam, Richard Herman stepped off an Aeroflot jetliner at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport into the coldest winter in 50 years. It may have been the sight of Russian soldiers casually wielding AK-47s, the churning mob of people who thronged the airport or the biting cold weather, but the young lawyer realized he wasn’t in Cleveland anymore.   His discomfort grew after a Russian friend picked him up at the airport. “Here we are,” …

Speaking for the Speechless

When schools ignore their disabled students, Kerry Agins takes up the cause

Kerry Agins loves graduation parties. The Cleveland-based attorney, a partner in the firm of Nessa G. Siegel Co., attends several every year as an honored guest of her clients, students with learning disabilities.   Since receiving her law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 2000, Agins has been a champion for special-education students throughout Ohio, fighting for their rights under the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for a free and …

Tour de French

Judi French: Without Limits

Some attorneys need absolute silence when they’re preparing for a case, but not Judi French: she rehearses her cases while listening to the soundtrack from the movie Gladiator. She says the haunting music inspires her, but it’s hard not to notice that it’s “Gladiator” she’s listening to, and not, say, “Peace in the Valley.” There was certainly something of the gladiatorial spirit at work when French, until recently chief legal counsel to Governor Bob Taft and now a judge in the …

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