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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

Monument Maker

Charles Foster has seen to it that memories of George H.W. Bush, James Baker and LBJ are set in stone

It was 2015 and Charles Foster thought it was high time President Lyndon Johnson had a monument in Houston. So the immigration attorney spearheaded a project to build a larger-than-life statue, installed next to Houston’s federal courthouse last January. LBJ taught high school in Houston in the 1930s—before Foster was born—but Foster met him in 1960 when Johnson was campaigning for president. And LBJ’s aunt and uncle owned a house behind Foster’s childhood home. The 8-foot bronze …

With a Little Luck

Trial superstitions might or might not help—but they can’t hurt

What is your superstition? John Zavitsanos: I wear a suit made by my father during closing arguments. He had a small tailor shop in Chicago for 40 years. My father worked harder than any person I know. He made many suits for me, but one black suit was his pride and joy. My father could not read or write because he never attended school—due to World War II and the Greek Civil War. He wanted to make sure his son was as well-dressed as the opposing lawyers. He impressed on me that if I wore …

Divorcing in the Military

Ohio attorney Dalma Grandjean discusses ending a marriage when one partner is a service member

Getting a divorce is never an easy process for a couple to go through, but for military couples, an entirely new layer of complexity is added to the divorce case. For one thing, the physical location of an active duty military member can sometimes pose a challenge. “There may be complications in getting service on the service member if he or she is overseas, aboard a naval vessel or deployed to an unknown location,” says Dalma C. Grandjean, a family law attorney who practices at Buckley …

How to Help a Family Member Immigrate to America

Houston attorney Charles Foster explains how to navigate the U.S. immigration system

Immigrating to the U.S. can be a daunting prospect. The most common way to achieve permanent residency, by far, is through family sponsorship. Nearly 70% of new legal immigrants applied through family sponsorship in 2019, according to U.S. Department of Homeland Security figures. Relationship Counts But a potential immigrant’s relationship to the sponsoring U.S. citizen makes a big difference. “It is much easier to qualify for lawful permanent residency based upon a bona fide marriage to a …

Rolling Art

Stan Beck has been collecting and racing cars since he was 12

Stan Beck bought his first car before he could drive: a pea-green 1950 Ford sedan, which he bought with $50 he’d earned from his newspaper route. He was 12. It needed work. “I was going to make sure it was running by the time it was legal to drive,” Beck says with a laugh. Thus began a lifetime of collecting, racing and tinkering with cars.  “According my mother, the first word I said was ‘car,’” he says. He started buying “real cars” and racing them at 17, financed by his …

How to Complete a Successful Home Renovation

Seattle construction attorney Joshua Lane offers tips to help your remodeling project go smoothly

The pandemic has meant a lot more time at home for most people, and while they’ve been there, they’ve noticed things that need fixing. Lots of things. All of which has translated into busy contractors, higher prices on services and materials, and delays in getting renovation plans permitted and completed. It might be tempting for a homeowner to be less picky about hiring a contractor, but Joshua Lane, a construction litigator at Ahlers Cressman & Sleight in Seattle, says that would be a …

When and How to Declare Bankruptcy

California lawyer Michael Malter explains your options

When the pandemic arrived, bringing a massive threat not only to health but also employment, bankruptcy lawyers expected their phone lines to light up. The good news? That didn’t happen, thanks to pandemic-relief legislation such as enhanced unemployment compensation and eviction moratoriums. “It is the talk of the bankruptcy world that we were expecting not a wave of cases, but a tsunami of cases—and it did not happen,” says Michael Malter, a bankruptcy attorney at law firm Binder …

Keeping a Home Renovation on Track

Ohio attorney James T. Dixon offers suggestions for a successful home remodel project

For many homeowners, the pandemic gave them a little too much time at home—and while they were there, they began noticing things. Flooring that needed upgrades, paint colors that needed to be spruced up, a roof that needed to be replaced. For contractors, that means business has skyrocketed. “People spent enough time staring at the colors of their walls and the finishes in their bathrooms and their kitchens, and the activity definitely picked up,” says James T. Dixon, a construction …

Discrimination Suit Can Proceed Against Contra Costa DA's Office

San Francisco firms Nichols Law and Ratner Molineaux are representing 5 women deputy DAs

A federal court in San Francisco has given the go-ahead to a discrimination suit filed by five female DAs against the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office. “The women are alleging, in essence, that they have been discriminated against by the DA’s office because of their sex, and—in the case of the [four] women over 40—because of their age,” says Sarah Nichols, an employment & labor attorney whose firm, Nichols Law in San Francisco, is handling the suit, along with …

Police Killing Leads to Changes in Columbus, Ohio

Dayton attorney Michael Wright and team negotiated a $10 million settlement

Andre Hill, a 47-year-old resident of Columbus, Ohio, was walking out of the garage of a Northwest Columbus house on Dec. 22, 2020, unarmed and holding his cell phone, when he was shot and killed by a Columbus police officer. A neighbor had placed a non-emergency call, asking police to check out a car that they didn’t recognize being turned on and off. “Mr. Hill's vehicle was having problems being started,” says plaintiff’s personal injury attorney Michael Wright, with Wright & …

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