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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

Best Director, Bar None

Martha Hofmeister is the guiding hand behind the Dallas Bar’s comedic variety show

Martha Hofmeister may have done her job too well when she directed her law school’s annual satirical musical comedy in 1984; she ended up getting typecast. A year later, she was drafted to direct what would come to be known as Bar None. “As a new lawyer, I’d signed up to participate with the Dallas Bar Association’s Entertainment Committee,” Hofmeister recalls. “I missed an early meeting, but someone who knew I had directed the 1984 production of Assault & Flattery at the …

Cattle Call

Greg Howison raises grass-fed beef—but it’s not on his dinner plate

Not many intellectual property lawyers own cattle ranches. Not many cattle ranchers follow a vegan diet. Greg Howison, who practices patent law as a partner at Munck Wilson Mandala in Dallas, does both. “Raised by a farm girl, I guess I acquired an agrarian gene early on,” says Howison, who spends about half his time at Lacy Fork Ranch, about an hour north of Dallas, and half at the office. “My wife and I, being equestrians, acquired East Texas horse property during the 2008 …

Paddling Passion

How Matt Menzer found his ‘ohana’

Matt Menzer was first drawn to outrigger canoe paddling while living—where else? In Honolulu. He was serving there as a federal judicial law clerk starting in 1989, after graduating from Berkeley Law. There were a few important things holding him back. “Participating in a sport that embodies Hawaiian culture was very appealing to me, but with a new career and a newborn, my personal time was really limited,” he says. During his clerkship, he met his legal mentor, Philip Lowenthal, a …

3M OKs $10 Billion+ Settlement in ‘Forever Chemicals’ Case

Kentucky attorney Rob Bilott is a warrior in the battle against PFAS

The 3M company has agreed to a settlement of up to $12.5 billion in a lawsuit over “forever chemicals” that have been found in public water systems across the country. The suit claims that PFAS chemicals from a type of firefighting foam contaminated the drinking water supplies. “These are completely man-made chemicals that have been proven to be persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic, and in some cases even carcinogenic,” says Rob Bilott, a class action attorney at Taft Stettinius & …

Just Folks

Kevin Napper finds folk art irresistible

When Kevin Napper needs a pleasant diversion from handling white-collar crime cases, he sits back and looks around his office. For more than three decades, the Tampa defense attorney has found himself drawn to the bright colors and simple media of American folk art. His collection features works by well-known artists such as Purvis Young, Annie Tolliver, Ruby Williams and John “Cornbread” Anderson. Like the blues and Americana music, he says, folk art always seems to lift his spirits. …

$98.5 Million Award Restored in Susan Cox Powell Case

Seattle lawyer Anne Bremner says missing woman’s parents finally have justice for murdered grandsons

Three years after a judge reduced the $98.5 million jury award in a wrongful-death suit brought by Susan Cox Powell’s parents on behalf of her sons, a Washington appeals court has restored the full amount of the verdict. Judith and Charles Cox, whose daughter has been missing since 2009 and is presumed dead, accused the state Department of Social and Health Services of failing to do enough to keep their 7- and 5-year-old grandsons safe from their father, Josh Powell, who killed Charlie and …


Evan Levow has a serious case of wanderlust—and the pictures to prove it

It was while spending a year in England as a junior in college that Evan Levow learned the word “dromomania:” the love of travel. If any word fits him, that’s it. “I have loved to travel ever since,” says Levow, who practices DWI/DUI defense statewide at Cherry Hill-based Levow DWI Law. “The joy of taking photographs of the beauty of the people and places I have encountered only grows.” His travels have taken him to Barcelona, Bora Bora, most of Europe, India, Israel, Italy, …


Elliott Buckner cooked up 850 pounds of barbecue last year alone to benefit brain injury survivors

Almost everybody loves barbecue—but few take it to the level of Elliott Buckner. He and his brother, Brian, a teacher who lives in Spencerport, New York, have their own business, Buckner Brothers BBQ. “I’ve been Q’ing for over 20 years now. My wife bought me a little electric smoker for Christmas one year; she has regretted it with some regularity since then,” says Buckner, a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney at Cantor Grana Buckner Bucci in Richmond. After several years of …

The Case for School Funding—Again

Seattle attorney Thomas Ahearne wants all Washington schools to get equal construction money

A small school district perched on the Columbia River in southwest Washington is suing the state for money to repair and rebuild the three crumbling schools attended by its 433 students. Ongoing School Funding Issues “The Wahkiakum School District is too poor to afford the school facilities needed to safely provide its students the 21st century education they will need to compete in today’s economy,” says Thomas Ahearne, the Seattle attorney who agreed to take on the district’s case. …

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.” …

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