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Iron Man

Personal trainer Michael Rusin doesn't just talk the talk; he runs the run

It was almost Dr. Michael Rusin. "I had an agonizing decision to make as to whether I was going to pursue a legal career or a medical career," he says. "I would have done the medicine thing, but I wasn't really all that crazy about the sight of blood, and I really wasn't crazy about dead people." Today, Rusin's practice at Rusin Maciorowski & Friedman revolves around workers' compensation, but he hasn't abandoned medicine completely. "I became a certified personal trainer and a certified …

Give Us Your Scientists, Your Engineers, Yearning to Breathe Free

Immigration lawyer Glorily Lopez on who we're keeping out and why

There's timing and there's timing. Glorily Lopez opened her immigration law practice in February 2001—seven months before the 9/11 attacks changed everything. "Many U.S. consulates shut down, travel was restricted, and many cases were delayed," she remembers. Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Lopez went to Catholic prep school and graduated with honors. Her lawyer-father had attended St. John's in Minnesota and he encouraged her to accept a scholarship to the University of Minnesota, …

Citizen Tapia-Ruano

From immigrant to immigration lawyer to president of the AILA

When she first arrived at the Rayburn Office Building in Washington, D.C., on June 10, 2005, immigration attorney Carlina Tapia-Ruano felt something rare for her: intimidated. She had been invited by Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), then the House Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, to testify at a hearing on the USA Patriot Act and the proposal that all immigrants carry a so-called “Real I.D.” to be surrendered on demand. Other panelists at the hearing included representatives of the …


Jordan Margolis continues the centuries-old tradition of the Purim shpiel

In the waiting room of Jordan Margolis’ office suite in downtown Chicago, theater posters and colorful fixtures contribute to an unusually jovial ambience that extends all the way into his own corner office, where he leans back in his chair and chats about his personal injury practice. At the moment he’s handling a mass tort case on behalf of firefighters in 17 states who have suffered permanent hearing loss from the sirens on their vehicles. “A sound used to warn the public should …

Top of the World, Ma!

How Marvin Brustin’s love of mountains led to a diplomatic post with Nepal

When Chicago-based attorney Marvin Brustin first decided to vacation in Nepal some 30 years ago, he wasn’t seeking a second career as a diplomat. He just wanted to have a good time in the Himalayas. “I love the mountains,” he says. “I like to trek, I like to climb. I don’t have a lot of technical skill, but I like to scramble and I can work through pain.” In his office he has photos of himself taken on spectacular mountain excursions in New Zealand, Hawaii and Scotland. But …

Down Goes Goliath!

Three Chicago lawyers take on Clear Channel Communications

Apparently the executives at Clear Channel Communications never learned what Bill Gates — and anyone who was paying attention — learned during U.S. v. Microsoft: Be careful what you e-mail, because e-mail never dies.   Instead, in internal e-mail messages from late 2001, executives of Clear Channel, which owns some 1,200 radio stations nationwide, discussed their efforts to squeeze JamSports, an independent Chicago-based sports promoter, out of the business of promoting American Motorcycle …

The Rocket Scientists' Go-To Guy

It takes a smart lawyer to work with rocket scientists

On a side table in the conference room of his 24th-floor Chicago law office, Larry Kaplan keeps a rocket nozzle — or, as aerospace engineers call it, an “exit cone.” About 3 feet high, it’s made of a dull black material called carbon-carbon, which looks and feels a bit like pencil lead. When you pick it up, it’s much lighter than you expect. It found its way into Kaplan’s possession because of his specialty in cases involving aviation and rocketry, a career that has also given him …

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