About Nancy Rommelmann

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Nancy Rommelmann writes for Reason, Bari Weiss’s The Free PressThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications. She is the co-host of the podcast, Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em, and writes the Substack Make More Pie. Her most recent book is To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder. She lives in New York City.

Articles written by Nancy Rommelmann

Sarah E.W. McGahee’s Pet Project

The employment attorney defends the ‘puppy mill’ law

Sarah E.W. McGahee was at her desk in early January 2013 when her phone rang. It was Jesse Moore, a colleague at the Austin firm Hunton & Williams, asking if she could help represent a couple of clients: The Humane Society of the United States and the Texas Humane Legislation Network. They were filing an amicus brief in support of House Bill 1451, otherwise known as the Texas “puppy mill” law, in response to a challenge to the law’s constitutionality. In effect since 2012, the law …

The Ethicist and the Economist

Heather L. Rosing, professional liability lawyer and CFO, is both

She works, as she has worked for 17 years, in an office two blocks from San Diego Bay. Her desk is a jumble of water bottles, papers and the computer from which she answers emails instantaneously. On the wall are framed awards citing her career as a professional liability lawyer and her firm’s chief financial officer. Her phones ring, a secretary buzzes. She also happens to be eight months pregnant with twin girls, and so tumescent one is tempted to assume baby-catching position. Some people …

When the Officer Says 'Step Out of the Car'

Jon Saia casts doubt on the results of field sobriety tests, and advocates for less convoluted OVI laws

It’s Sunday afternoon, and Jon Saia stops by the High Beck Tavern in Columbus’ Brewery District. He wears an acid-yellow cycling jersey. If Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 6:30 a.m. mean basketball before work, weekends are for rides from his home on the north side of Columbus to his office, sometimes a drink at the High Beck two blocks away. “Despite what I do, I am still most comfortable talking in a bar,” says Saia, ordering a rye, neat. A managing partner at Saia & …


Taking a ride through Divorce Land with family law attorney Susan E. Cohen

It’s 7 a.m. on a Friday and Susan Cohen is eating a handful of blueberries and watching Good Morning America. “I’m a long-standing addict,” says the 57-year-old divorce attorney of the show. Whether the appeal is George Stephanopoulos’ dulcet tones, or the slice of time when she does not need to be on point for work, it’s a meditative way for Cohen to ease into the workday: the motion-filing and mediations, court dates and client meetings that come with handling complicated …


How John McGrory saved an empire for his yogi-practitioner clients

“Have you ever seen skate skiing? It’s like this,” says John McGrory, getting up from a conference table at Davis Wright Tremaine and pantomiming the swoosh-swoosh before a wall of windows. The view, from this tallest building in Oregon, is of the Willamette River and a skyscraper under construction, its steel frame exposed and looking like something one could climb up, if one had the tendency to climb tall things. It’s a climb the antitrust litigator is probably capable of, what with …

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