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M. Shane Henry Knows No Labels

The Tulsa attorney helped launch a hands-on trial-advocacy program

Last year, during the first-degree murder trial of James Vasco Jones, attorney M. Shane Henry made the defense’s opening statement and helped cross-examine a co-defendant who testified against his client. That was a big deal for him. He’s better known as a family law attorney. He spotted a few differences between the practice areas. “In family law cases, and even in civil cases, win or lose, you’re usually dealing with money or people’s children,” he says. “In criminal law, …

Marathon Man

Larry Macon holds the Guinness World Record for most runs in a single year. That would be 239

Larry Macon is a self-described marathon crazy. There was the race in Minot, North Dakota, with the wind chill dragging the temperature down to 17 below, in which he couldn’t see the road through the driving snow. Then there was its opposite, Running With the Devil, in the desert outside Las Vegas, starting at noon in the 117-degree July heat, with ice baths dotting the route. Over the past 21 years, Macon, 73, has started races as early as 2 a.m., run through water, navigated felled trees …

The Graduate

Taking part in Gerry Spence’s first Trial Lawyer’s College brought the human side back to David Humphreys’ practice

David Humphreys spent years picking up what he calls “scraps”— small-claims car crashes and other cases no one else wanted—in an effort to keep his practice afloat.  Then, intent on making a difference in the world, he decided to launch a practice helping consumers fight bad business practices.  “Life’s too short to be chasing cases, chasing dollars,” he says.  What changed his practice trajectory? In 1994, an advertisement for a brand-new trial law program caught his eye. It …

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