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The Lawyer Who Can Save Your Soul

Personal injury lawyer Emile Banks moonlights as associate pastor at Christian Faith Fellowship Church

When he was 12, Emile H. Banks was arrested for handgun possession and spent a restless night in jail.   “I had to sleep with a bunch of criminals,” Banks remembers. “I knew one thing: I was never going to end up in that place again.”   He continues: “I grew up in the inner city of Chicago and I didn’t think I’d make it to 20. Most of the friends I grew up with in my block are dead from gunshots. To be 47 is a blessing. I’ve been on playgrounds where gunshots broke out and …

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Billie Jean Smith travels far and wide for adventure … or a good pair of shoes

"I really have no fear of the cold,” says Billie Jean Smith, 39, an intellectual property lawyer and partner at Michael Best & Friedrich. Many Milwaukeeans could say the same — fearing the cold and living in Wisconsin usually don’t go together — but Smith isn’t referring to Wisconsin winters. Hanging on her office wall is a photo she took of the dogs who pulled her and her husband, David Smith, another IP lawyer at Michael Best, while they were dog-sledding for a week …

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