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Under Center

Eric Hageman uses his legal know-how on behalf of his NFL-bound son, former Gophers star Ra’Shede

Long before he began fielding calls from sports agents wanting to represent his son, Eric Hageman was hawking sausage and cheese. Working at a Hickory Farms mall kiosk over the holiday season after graduating from college, Hageman had an epiphany: “I could be doing something better with my Ivy League degree.” The Dartmouth College grad decided the law would play to his intellectual and competitive strengths better than sausage salesmanship did. That theory was put to the test during his …

There and Back Again

Sam Hanson’s journey from the bar to the bench

By the time he hit 60, Sam Hanson, who had wanted to become a judge since law school, figured that dream was over. He was still in private practice. Most governors usually appoint younger judges who will be able to carry on their legacy. That had certainly been true of Arne Carlson, governor during Hanson’s prime potential appointment years. But “usual” wasn’t a word in Gov. Jesse Ventura’s vocabulary. In 2000, when Hanson returned from a trip to China with Global Volunteers—an …

The System Does Not Always Work

David Schultz never loses sight of this in his professional and pro-bono work

The large color photo above David Schultz’s desk serves as a constant reminder that the system does not always work. The shot, taken recently at a baseball diamond in Fort Myers, Fla., depicts the moment following a play at the plate. The runner’s still on the ground, Schultz is the catcher.  “He’s clearly out. You can’t even see the plate But the ump called him safe,” Schultz says. That sort of injustice doesn’t sit well with the trial lawyer from Maslon Edelman Borman & …

In the Swing of Things

Joe Anthony has every lawyer’s dream assignment: serving as general counsel of the USGA

Joe Anthony’s career was changed with a puff of talcum powder. Three years ago, Windage, a Minnesota company, sued the United States Golf Association (USGA), claiming that the organization conspired to keep its product, a device that measures wind speed and direction with a puff of talc from a golf ball-sized bulb, off the market. In short order, the USGA hired Anthony, Anthony defended the USGA against the lawsuit, and the USGA executive committee, impressed with his work, asked Anthony, a …

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Mike Griffinger will tackle any challenge for a good cause

Most guys his age simply write a check to support local causes. Not Mike Griffinger. To raise money for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, the 72-year-old litigator climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Nearly 250 people—many of them from his firm, Gibbons—pledged by the foot a total of $220,000 for Griffinger's hike up the 19,340-foot peak last June. That kept him going when the air got thin. Other hikers much younger than he peeled off as the breathing got difficult. He also had to …

Richard Clark Takes Lessons From Tiger Woods

And they're not about golf

The golf ball in Richard Clark's office is a touchstone for lessons learned from Tiger Woods. Clark, a partner with Laddey, Clark & Ryan in Sparta, has moonlighted as an official United States Golf Association scorer for the past 15 years. The land use attorney studied Woods on the third day of last year's U.S. Open, walking the Torrey Pines course as Woods' official scorer. You may not have noticed on TV but Clark could see Woods wince with his shots. His left knee, which had already …

Allan Topol’s Not-So-Dark Ambition

His goal was to practice law, raise a family and write bestsellers. He does all three

Growing up in the age of Sputnik, Allan Topol wanted to be a scientist. He majored in chemistry at Carnegie Mellon and was headed for a lifetime in a lab coat. Then he took quantum physics. That ended that. Instead, he enrolled in law school at Yale, where his skills in debate and public speaking served him well. Upon graduating he took a job at Covington & Burling, where he remains today as an environmental lawyer. In his spare time he’s managed to write six Clancy-esque novels, two of …

Don’t Shoot the Messenger’s Messenger

Bruce Sanford combines a keen understanding of the media, and a love of writing, with the practice of law

A brief stint in the 1960s as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal proved two things to Bruce Sanford: he loved writing, and he didn’t want to do it for a living. “I decided I wanted to participate in the shaping of decisions rather than reporting on them,” says Sanford. So he enrolled in New York University School of Law and headed in that direction. Little did he know that his media knowledge would be so useful. He joined Baker Hostetler in 1971 and started practicing in the nascent …

John Dowd’s Hall of Fame Career

Baseball has been very, very good to him

John Dowd knows all about Pete Rose. In 1989, his investigation into the legend’s betting habits got Rose thrown out of baseball. Yet when you ask Dowd for a story about a baseball legend, he doesn’t mention the Reds great.   “I had this glorious year and a half hanging out with Ted Williams,” he says. “I get goose bumps every time I think about it.”   Dowd, who heads the criminal litigation group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, almost missed his chance. Twice in the …

The Second Coming of Mickey Washington

A star trades the end zone for a courtroom

He was a new attorney, fresh out of law school, up against a seasoned counsel retained by a powerful corporation. During a deposition, the older lawyer tossed off a dismissive remark to the witness about the “inexperienced lawyer.” The comment would have withered most young attorneys. Not Mickey L. Washington.   He didn’t flinch. The rookie lawyer leaned forward, elbows on the table. “How do you feel after 20 years as a lawyer, having to go up against me?” he said, taunting his …

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