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Trevor Kupfer is a senior editor on Super Lawyers’ staff. He is editor of the Illinois, South Carolina, Michigan, and Wisconsin magazines, in addition to being a writer and fact-checker of Super Lawyers’ other projects. He has a degree in journalism from an accredited program (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire) and has written for such newspapers and magazines as Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Volume One, Wisconsin State Journal, The Capital Times, Global Food Forums, and various publications under the groups Tribune Media Services, Capital Newspapers, and Conley Media. He has served on crime and courts beats and, in college, he aided an investigation through the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

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Documentaries Now

What inspired entertainment attorney Robert Darwell to get behind the camera?

Robert Darwell has provided legal services on hundreds of films over the years—including Brokeback Mountain, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Traffic—but that wasn’t what led him to become a documentarian himself. “Most often I’m production counsel—meaning hiring the actors, the director, acquiring the rights to the project,” says Darwell, an entertainment attorney and head of Sheppard Mullin’s global media department. His work is primarily transactional, including …

Fielding Anything and Everything

Karen Gaunt serves as general counsel of USA Baseball

As chair of Dinsmore’s IP litigation and enforcement practice group, and previous chair of its trademark and copyright practice group, Karen Gaunt advises clients such as Microsoft, Oakley and Procter & Gamble on intellectual property enforcement, clearance, transactions and litigation. It’s work she enjoys, but the litigation tends to move slowly. “IP lawsuits take years and years,” Gaunt says. “The longest I had was nearly six years. A partner in my group has had a case that’s …

‘The Whole World Just Goes Slow Motion’

Mike McMullen on life behind the lens

To explain what drew him to black-and-white photography, Mike McMullen recalls a piece of advice landscape photographer Ansel Adams once gave him: “If you want to know what it looks like, shoot color; if you want to convey what it feels like, shoot black and white.” “It has the power to evoke a response, an emotional connection,” says McMullen, who often captures architecture and landscapes. “Or, maybe, it’s just the beauty of it. … It’s not just what you see on the surface. …

He Represents Them Well in the Chelsea Hotel

Samuel Himmelstein’s tenants rights practice includes the NYC landmark

It’s where Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, where Andy Warhol shot Chelsea Girls, and where Dylan Thomas became sick and Nancy Spungen died. It’s been celebrated in songs by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, and its former guests include some of the great artists of the 20th century: Diego Rivera and Stanley Kubrick; Tennessee Williams and Sam Shepard; Edith Piaf, Jimi Hendrix and Patti Smith. But the Hotel Chelsea isn’t just an iconic landmark. It’s also a place where people …

Going to the Mat

When Bob Bennett stands against wrongdoers in the police and elsewhere, it’s a no-holds-barred street fight

Though Bob Bennett has notched loads of impressive settlements and verdicts over the last 50 years, it’s difficult for him to rattle off figures. He doesn’t seek out the spotlight. He doesn’t savor courtroom oration like big opening or closing statements, and he’s not terribly fond of talking about himself. But mention his cases and his eyes light up. “He has an inextinguishable fire to help those who have been wronged,” says his friend and Robins Kaplan colleague Phil Sieff. “He …

Getting His Goats

When he needed life lessons for his children, Daniel Draisen started getting kids

Starting at about age 10, Daniel Draisen would pitch in at his parents’ music store by breaking down boxes and sweeping floors. “It taught me about life, about money and responsibility,” he recalls. So when Draisen started having children—he has three boys, ages 6, 8 and 12—he wanted to give them a similar experience. “But it’s not like I can bring them into my office to help write briefs or do pleadings,” he says. “So we started acquiring some land behind our home and created …

Fixing Michigan’s Unemployment Problem

That’s what David Blanchard hopes to do with two class action cases against UIA

David Blanchard has been spending so much time on cases against the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency over the past decade that he’s starting to refer to fixing it as “a long-term hobby.” The employment litigator at Blanchard & Walker in Ann Arbor made some waves late last year when Court of Claims Judge Brock Swartzle put a stop to UIA’s attempt to recollect benefits from more than 1.8 million workers who received them during the pandemic. The injunction is tied to a class …

‘Paralegals Make the Best Lawyers’

Three attorneys credit their passion, resolve and success to their paralegal pasts

As Karri Bertrand was working toward becoming an advanced certified paralegal in 2005, a close friend started going through a bad divorce. “It was devastating to me,” she recalls. “It was a domestic violence situation where, over years, I talked her into leaving him. Then she got victimized by the court. She didn’t have any money, so no lawyer. She lost her kids, her house, and ended up paying him child support. Everything that could go wrong did.” It was then that Bertrand decided to …

‘The Brief Every Lawyer Wants to Write’

Steve van Stempvoort and Andy Portinga’s unconventional petition for cert on behalf of The Onion

In 2022, two attorneys at Miller Johnson’s Grand Rapids office filed this petition for cert to the Supreme Court in support of Anthony Novak. The fun part: It was on behalf of The Onion, America’s premier source for satirical news. In early March, a week after SCOTUS denied cert in the underlying case (Novak v. City of Parma), we caught up with the attorneys to discuss the moderately famous filing. Super Lawyers: So it’s a bummer the Supreme Court just denied cert. Stephen van Stempvoort: …

‘This Is a Calling’

The many organizations where Annemarie Kill has volunteered

Annemarie Kill loves stories about attorneys giving back through volunteerism. “It’s inspiring and makes me proud to be a lawyer,” she says. “You read things like that and think, ‘I’m in a profession. This is a calling.’” Kill has been plenty involved over the years, too. “Usually someone reaches out and asks me to be a part of something, then I’ll get involved if I find it exciting or think I can make a difference,” she says. “I’ve had a wide array of experiences over …

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