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The Day The World Stood Still

Warren Sutnick shares his 9/11 story

“Sometimes a tragic event can be so impactful that it causes you to consider making a right turn,” says Warren Sutnick, a criminal defense lawyer with Sutnick & Sutnick who escaped the South Tower on 9/11. Sutnick spent most days in 2001 fighting the rat race. He’d rise before the sun, hop on New Jersey Transit, make his connection, catch the subway to the World Trade Center and ride the South Tower elevator 65 floors into the sky. Then an attorney with Morgan Stanley, Sutnick got in …

Squad Goals

Jane Kelsey led her local EMT squad through two major hurricanes

New Jersey was dealt back-to-back blows in 2011 and 2012, when hurricanes ravaged the state. First came Irene, which inflicted about $5 billion in damage, making it the state’s costliest disaster. Sandy unseated that dubious honor about a year later, racking up $30 billion in damage and economic loss. For lovers of the Jersey Shore, the image of the hunk of mangled steel that was once the Star Jet roller coaster in Seaside Heights—which Sandy casually tossed into the ocean—is a haunting …

Data, Data Everywhere

Craig Cannon and his team attempt to make e-discovery more manageable

E-discovery is a major upgrade from the days of printing and photocopying documents—“the needle in a haystack” approach, says Craig Cannon of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton—but the sheer amount of discoverable data now makes for one heck of a haystack. “Some of the largest cases Kilpatrick handles have 20-plus terabytes of data associated with them,” Cannon says. “Estimates have placed the size of the Library of Congress at 15 terabytes.” That’s why Cannon and his team …

Tales from the Cryptocurrency

Capes Sokol goes all in on blockchain technology

In 2017, as business activity surrounding virtual currency and blockchain-based ventures reached a fever pitch, Capes Sokol became the first firm in St. Louis to start a digital currency and blockchain technology practice group.  “We wanted to let our clients know that we didn’t just see this practice area as an offshoot of other practice areas, but as a legitimate branch of law that is not only complex, but growing,” says Sandy Boxerman.  Cryptocurrency, an agreed-upon form of …

Son of a Son of a Sailor

David Adams raced boats around the world before deciding to work for the rest of his life

Many look forward to retirement, when they can finally get out on the sailboat for more than a weekend. David Adams spent his 20s doing that. Then at 30, he decided to go to work for a living.  The “son of a son of a sailor,” as the Jimmy Buffett tune goes, Adams grew up in Buffalo, but his summers belonged to Lake Erie, home of the Buffalo Canoe Club. His grandfather and father both worked as engineers building pressure vessels. But any chance they found, they tinkered with …

So you think you know Peter Meltzer?

The Philly lawyer digs into words, music and the national pastime

“Allman shot himself in the foot.” “McCartney can faintly be heard swearing in the background of the recording.” What reads like a court reporter’s notes are excerpts from Peter Meltzer’s sixth book, So You Think You Know Rock and Roll? The notes refer to rocker Gregg Allman shooting himself to dodge the Vietnam draft, and Paul McCartney whispering obscenities in the background of “Hey Jude.” Meltzer’s 429-page paperback isn’t simply a catalogue of cocktail party stories and …

Clearing the Air

David B. Farer on his new gig as president of the American College of Environmental Lawyers

When David B. Farer was a kid, he says pollution was so bad, he could “see the air” in New Jersey. Decades later, thanks to environmental lawyers like Farer and his peers, Farer says not only is the state’s air quality much better, but on his commute from New York City to Woodbridge-based Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis, he sees other critical areas of improvement, too. “I drive by sites each day where I helped in the cleanup and development process, and I pass by brownfields that …

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