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Beth Taylor has been a senior editor for Super Lawyers since 2003, and has won dozens of awards for headline-writing and editing throughout her career. Previously, she was an editor and covered courts for The Orlando Sentinel. She also worked for go2net and KIRO-TV in Seattle, where she wrote for and edited their websites. In addition, Beth edited The Kitsap Business Journal and Media Inc. Beth has written travel books, including Around Seattle With Kids for Fodor’s and Seattle Day By Day for Frommer’s, and online travel guides for Google. Her travel writing has appeared in publications including the Chicago Tribune and the San Francisco Chronicle. Beth has a B.A. in communications/journalism and a master’s degree in political science.

Articles written by Beth Taylor

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane …

No, it was Don Godwin, sprinting across the front of the inaugural issue of Texas Super Lawyers

The first standalone Super Lawyers issue in the country, which debuted in 2003, featured Dallas business litigator Don Godwin speeding across the cover, briefcase in hand, faster than a speeding bullet.“I’ve never understood why they selected me for that first cover,” says Godwin, who has occupied a spot on the Texas Super Lawyers list for all 20 years of its existence. “But they did, and it was always something that brought a lot of attention and a lot of recognition over the years.” …

?Sue Them Again?

David Sugerman battles BP and ‘death by a thousand paper cuts’

On his way home from vacationing in California a decade ago, David Sugerman pulled into a convenience store selling Arco gas in a small town off I-5. When he went inside to pay, wearing shorts and a Hawaiian shirt, the debit-card machine asked him to accept a 35-cent surcharge. This being Oregon, the attendant had already filled his tank, so there was no choice but to accept. Sugerman complained—politely—to the woman at the cash register. “She’s the one that’s getting all the flak, …

On Life, Football and Second Chances

How Karl Pansler turned a personal tragedy into a mission to keep young lives on track

I have always loved the game of football. The saying “football is life” has been true for me. Sometimes, in life as in football, we just need a second chance. I was given that second chance and, as a result, have been able to help hundreds of young people in my community. In middle school, I came to the attention of a coach at the high school I would attend. I guess he never checked my grades because, honestly, I was not much of a student. Who would need an education once the NFL discovered …

Triple Threat

How a strategy for beating stress turned into a lifetime passion for Ironman athlete Lydia Harley 

Five years ago, Lydia Harley found the perfect solution for stress: triathlons. “It was the best decision I ever made,” says Harley, who competed as a gymnast at school in her native Germany.  Though she knew only conversational English when she arrived in the U.S., Harley earned her undergrad degree and MBA, then graduated summa cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s law school. It was after going to work at Kelley Kronenberg that athletics returned to her life, thanks to firm …

Getting the Green Light?Again

Jeffery Robinette’s racing car gives a nod to his Airborne service

As the jump doors opened on the C130 Hercules aircraft, it felt like a hurricane was coming through. It was 1985 and Jeffery Robinette had just finished officer candidate school in Fort Benning, Georgia, then signed up for Army Airborne. “When the door light turned from red to green, it was a bit late to have second thoughts,” recalls Robinette, a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney at Robinette Legal Group in Morgantown, West Virginia. “You were going out that door whether you wanted …

Billionaire Loses Bid to Build Huge Palm Beach Mansion

Attorney Joanne O’Connor explains why the town turned him down

A Palm Beach billionaire lost his battle to replace his mansion with a much larger, two-story mid-century-modern one when the U.S. Supreme Court in March declined to hear his case. Donald Burns sued Palm Beach in 2017 after the town turned down his architectural plans, saying the new house would be “excessively dissimilar” to neighboring ones. Palm Beach was represented in Burns v. Town of Palm Beach by business litigator Joanne M. O’Connor with Jones Foster in West Palm Beach. Burns …

Can Ukrainian Refugees Come to the U.S.?

Columbus, Ohio, attorney Dmitriy Borshchak sheds light on the situation

The Ukrainian refugee crisis is personal for Columbus, Ohio, attorney Dmitriy Borshchak, who was born in Lviv and whose biological father—who still lives there—told his son last week that he was signing up to join the fight against invading Russian forces. “I’m constantly watching the news,” says Borshchak, who practices family law at the Law Offices of Dmitriy Borshchak. “He’s got an iPhone that I got for him, but I’m constantly checking his location: Where is he, what is he …

Settlements Reached in Collapse of South Florida Condo

Coral Gables attorney Stuart Z. Grossman says the Surfside tragedy has drawn attention to the condition of older buildings

Eight months after Champlain Towers South, a 13-story South Florida condo building, partially collapsed and killed 98 people, several settlements have been reached in lawsuits filed in the wake of the tragedy. Stuart Z. Grossman, a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney with Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen in Coral Gables, is representing five families with loved ones who died in the collapse of the Surfside condominium. “They range from people who were just visitors that night,” he says of the …

Putting Anti-Black Racism in Focus

Seattle attorney Jeffery Robinson’s award-winning film explores the legacy of white supremacy in the U.S.

Jeffery Robinson has been defending people accused of crimes for more than four decades. But recently, the Seattle attorney’s focus has shifted more to combatting racism through his nonprofit organization The Who We Are Project, which led to the 2021 release by Sony Pictures Classics of his documentary film Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America, being shown in select cities. The film, which tells the sobering story of anti-Black racism in the U.S., has won an array of awards, including …

Writing Wills and Trusts in Ohio 101

Ohio attorney Susan E. Wheatley covers the basics you should get to sooner rather than later

Writing a will: It’s a chore many people plan to get around to “someday.” It’s not necessarily the most appealing task, and the terminology can seem daunting. Wills, probate, trusts—what exactly do they all mean?   What a Will Does A will is fairly straightforward. “It’s a written declaration in which you direct how your property is to be disposed upon your death,” explains Susan E. Wheatley, an estate planning and probate attorney at Taft Stettinius & Hollister in …

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