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Being Jim Halpert

Not the guy in Scranton—the D.C. attorney for whom the character was named

On Thursday nights, Jim Halpert likes to watch Jim Halpert. The first Jim Halpert is in Washington, D.C., and a partner at DLA Piper. The other Jim Halpert is the droll practical joker on NBC’s television sitcom The Office. The fictional paper salesman was given his name by the show’s executive producer, Greg Daniels—an old friend of the real Jim Halpert. The two grew up in Manhattan and have known each other since they were 4. In 2005, Daniels developed a U.S. version of The Office (it …

Gambling Man

Want to make a deal in Atlantic City? Call Damon Tyner

It’s a blustery afternoon in Atlantic City, with gales of wind so extreme that pedestrians are blown off the sidewalks and litter flies through the gray sky. A grim picture, perhaps, but for this resort town, the weather is splendid. After all, when it’s bleak outside, people stay indoors. And when they stay indoors, they gamble. Few understand the city better than Damon Tyner. A land-use and planning attorney at Parker McCay, he works with just about any group with a stake in the gambling …

Tops in His Field

Corey Field makes sweet music for his clients

It’s a little after 11 on a Tuesday morning, and Corey Field, dressed in a casual blue suit, is in the 51st-floor office of Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll. He stands at the edge of a vast conference room, which is lined with a series of immense windows that reveal stunning views of Philadelphia. As Field looks out and points at the sights, the 50-year-old associate seems on top of the legal world.   Wait a second. How impressive of a career can a 50-year-old associate have?   …

Action Jackson

Desha Jackson's job is to prosecute state troopers who step out of line

If it was your job to read reports in which New Jersey state troopers beat up their wives, yell racial slurs at Indians, show pornography to children and drink on the job, you might think all troopers are a sick and hopeless bunch. That’s not what Desha Jackson thinks.   “I love the troopers,” she says. “They are out on the road every day, on the major highways and byways, sometimes at night. What they do is scary.”   Jackson is the deputy director of the Office of State Police …

Rendell's Right-Hand Woman

Barbara Adams helps keep the state running

Barbara Adams is not the sort of parent who is satisfied with dropping her daughters off at ballet, music and riding lessons — she has to enroll herself in the classes, too. Over the years as her three daughters cocked their stockinged feet onto ballet bars, rested their chins on violins and dug their heels into stirrups, their petite mom with the long chestnut-colored hair was alongside them, echoing their every move.   But now she is on her own. Adams, who is Gov. Ed Rendell’s …

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