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Ross Pfund is the managing editor of Super Lawyers. He is the editor of the Minnesota, Colorado, Massachusetts, Louisiana and Southwest magazines. An award-winning editor and writer with more than 20 years of experience, he has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota. His work has also appeared in the Star Tribune and the Norman County Index. As a child, he knew he was cut out for a career in journalism because he never once stuck his hand into his father’s printing press.

Articles written by Ross Pfund

At the President’s Side

Marc Kaplan looks back on his days in the Jimmy Carter administration

At the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City, Marc Kaplan was overseeing credentialing to determine who was allowed inside Madison Square Garden when he got a phone call from the White House. President Jimmy Carter was going to the convention hotel across the street and Kaplan, at 22 years old, was asked if he wanted to be the advance person, meaning that among other duties, he'd be responsible for the logistics of getting the president down to his motorcade safely. “I had …

From Student Council to the Senate Judiciary Committee

Senator Amy Klobuchar speaks on her life in law and public service

When you were in private practice, was the idea that you would eventually go into public service?  I always was interested in public service, and I have been involved from the time I ran for secretary-treasurer of the Wayzata High School student council—where I saved the prom by raising money with Life Savers lollipops—to the work that I had done on political campaigns. I had worked for Mondale when I was in college for a summer, and by the time I ended up at Dorsey & Whitney after law …

Paula Greisen Discusses 303 Creative v. Elenis

The civil rights lawyer on what makes it different from the Masterpiece cases and how SCOTUS may rule on it

On February 22, news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court had agreed to hear arguments in 303 Creative v. Elenis, making it the next big stage for tensions between LGBTQ rights and religious beliefs. The case centers on Colorado-based website designer Lorie Smith, who ran afoul of the state’s anti-discrimination laws while intending to post a notice on her business’s website that she would refuse to create sites promoting same-sex marriages. She sued the state in 2016 over the law, seeking to …

Why Figure Skater Kalina Valieva Will Continue Competing

Sports lawyer Bill Bock weighs in on the controversy at the Olympics

The 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing are in full swing, but one controversy has threatened to overshadow the competition. Early in the games, a Stockholm-based testing laboratory flagged a sample from 15-year-old figure skater Kalina Valieva of Russia—the odds-on favorite to win the women’s individual event—for trimetazidine, a banned substance often connected with doping. On February 13, a panel of judges from the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Valieva would be allowed to …

What Should You Do After a Car Crash?

Steps to take after an accident in Texas

First things first: If you’re the victim of an automobile accident, make sure you’re safe and seek any medical attention you may need. “The first thing you need to do is just call for help,” says personal injury lawyer Ryan Thompson of Thompson Law in Dallas. “If you’ve been hurt, ask them to dispatch EMS. But it’s also really important to have a police officer get out there so that you have a third party who’s taking statements from everyone that’s involved, trying to …

Perfect Fit

How Isabel Bonilla-Mathé ended up exactly where she needed to be

After college, Isabel Bonilla-Mathé took a break from her health care administration job in Miami to visit family in her father’s country of birth, El Salvador. “I sat out on a lake and I was like, what do I want to do?” she remembers. Law was an option. On her mom’s side, her great-grandfather and several other family members had been lawyers in Cuba. “My grandfather was in his last year of law school when he had to leave,” she says. “People scrambled and took out what they …

In the Aftermath of a Car Accident in Minnesota

Steps to take and tips for working with a lawyer

It’s common sense—if you’ve just been in a motor vehicle accident, your first priority should be to seek medical attention if necessary. “It's surprising sometimes how many people call a lawyer right away and they say, ‘What do I do?’” says personal injury attorney Alicia N. Sieben of Schwebel Goetz & Sieben law firm in Minneapolis, who focuses the majority of her practice on representing victims of vehicle crashes. Her response: “Get medical care. Go to the hospital.” At …

Tips When Considering a Texas Personal Injury Attorney

What to look for and what to avoid

Searching for an attorney after you’ve been injured—in a car accident or otherwise—can be an intimidating task. Where do you start? Which factors should you consider, and why? Such questions can be difficult, but necessary, attorneys say. It's Important to Have a Personal Injury Attorney “Not getting an attorney to assist you through the process is a big mistake,” says personal injury attorney Brant J. Stogner of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner in Houston. …

A Look at Criminal Record Expungement in Indiana

And reasons why to consider erasing criminal history

For those who live in Indiana, there are a number of reasons to consider having your criminal record expunged—job searching chief among them. “A lot of times when you fill out an application for employment, you've got to put down if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime,” says Katelyn H. Juerling, a litigator at Norris Choplin Schroeder in Indianapolis who has handled expungement matters since she was in law school. “So, people will get passed over because of that. After you've had an …

Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Arizona

And tips for working with a personal injury attorney

Priority number one after a car accident should always be safety. “I get really concerned when I see people on the side of the interstate walking out into the road or standing in between two wrecked cars,” says Alicia C. Funkhouser, a personal injury attorney with Ely, Bettini, Ulman, Rosenblatt & Ozer in Phoenix, “because we very frequently see secondary impacts with people who are looking at the scene of the accident and not looking where they're going.” And, of course, if …

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