New York Metro Super Lawyers Articles

'None of Us Take It for Granted'

Eight lawyers recount their journey to America

Featuring Samaa A. Haridi, …

Luigi Ciuffetelli

Banking on Rodge

H. Rodgin Cohen looks back at the Great Recession—and guesses where the next banking crisis might come from

Featuring H. Rodgin Cohen

Luigi Ciuffetelli

The Winning Ticket

Fran and Susan Hoffinger stick together in all kinds of weather

Featuring Susan Hoffinger, …

Raising Glasses, Funds and Spirits

How Block O’Toole & Murphy helped turn the St. Jude Autumn Wine Tasting into an event

Featuring Jeffrey A. Block, …

The Things He Carried

Lewis Tesser’s book of his father’s World War II photos is now in the National Archives

Featuring Lewis F. Tesser

Scientific Breakthrough

Why Siew Yen Chong gave up the lab for the law


Fire and Ice

Why John Mancebo cannot not succeed

Featuring John E. Mancebo

‘You Dream of Crosses Like This’

The four attorneys who helped acquit Abacus bank

Featuring Sarah E. Aberg, …

The Road King

“Motorcycle Mike” Levine’s goal is to educate every biker in New York

Featuring Michael S. Levine

Taking the ‘A’ Train

John Mancebo makes a connection on the way to Ice Hockey in Harlem

Featuring John E. Mancebo

Discovery with Kamilah M. Holder

Kamilah Holder of #TeamIP keeps on burnin’

Featuring Kamilah M. Holder

‘Nobody Knew the Danger Yet’

Xiaomin Chen recalls 9/11

Featuring Xiaomin Chen

Luigi Ciuffetelli

East Side Story

David Paget survived Lower East Side gangs to become New York’s go-to environmental lawyer

Featuring David Paget

Luigi Ciuffetelli

Conscience Coupling

Husband-and-wife team Randolph McLaughlin and Debra Cohen are building a new kind of civil rights practice

Featuring Debra S. Cohen, …

Probate Games

Lansing Palmer makes a novel argument in the dispute over Tom Clancy’s estate

Featuring Lansing R. Palmer

Getting to YES

Sports lawyer Irwin Kishner’s highlight reel includes developing the country’s first regional sports network

Featuring Irwin A. Kishner

Hallowed Ground

Renato Matos helps religious organizations survive through real estate

Featuring Renato N. Matos

Another Inconvenient Truth

Victoria Cook’s viral Facebook post helped expose gender bias in documentary filmmaking

Featuring Victoria S. Cook

Discovery with Victoria S. Cook

Victoria “Cookie” Cook on why she’d make an effin’ bad morning-show host

Featuring Victoria S. Cook

Local Counsel with RoseAnn C. Branda

Brooklyn’s RoseAnn Branda tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Featuring RoseAnn C. Branda

Women's Day

An oral history of those who fought “We don’t hire women” law firms and handsy judges to make legal history

Featuring Sheila G. Riesel, …

Oral History: 13 Ways of Looking at a Black Robe

Former clerks to the U.S. Supreme Court talk about their experiences at the center of American law

Featuring Arthur S. Long, …

Luigi Ciuffetelli

‘A Real Inspiration’

Getting the deal done and keeping quiet about it, with Marcia L. Goldstein

Featuring Marcia L. Goldstein

Luigi Ciuffetelli

Captain America's Lawyer

After a troubled childhood in the Bronx, Ross J. Charap emerged to fight for truth, justice and intellectual property


Featuring Ross J. Charap

The Zonin’ Lobels

Richard Lobel follows in the footsteps of his father, Sheldon, who followed in the footsteps of his father-in-law

Featuring Richard Lobel

Practice: Runway

How CEO training and a sense of humor helped Monica Richman build a fashion IP practice

Featuring Monica B. Richman

The Room Where It Happened

How did a bastard orphan go on and on to become a musical phenomenon? Loren Plotkin and Nancy Rose on the legal work behind Hamilton

Featuring Loren H. Plotkin, …

Asking, Telling

18-year Navy vet Stephen Lessard reps soldiers with LGBT matters and PTSD issues

Featuring Stephen Lessard

Discovery with Priya Chaudhry

Priya Chaudhry brings a touch of Cleveland (LeBron/Browns) to the city

Featuring Priya Chaudhry

Local Counsel with Jonathan L. Mechanic

Real estate icon Jonathan Mechanic tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

Featuring Jonathan L. Mechanic

Luigi Ciuffetelli

The Dean of the Employment Bar

Betsy Plevan’s career has been based on finding the right fit: for her, for her clients and for a generation of female lawyers

Featuring Bettina B. Plevan

Luigi Ciuffetelli

Being a Little Guy

“You cannot be great at what we do if you don’t have compassion for people,” says personal injury attorney Robert Kelner

Featuring Robert S. Kelner

Luigi Ciuffetelli

First Comes Love

Before same-sex marriage was the law of the land, business litigator Robbie Kaplan became a hero of the movement

Featuring Roberta A. Kaplan

Navigating China

The Chinese legal system has come a long way in a short time; but what’s getting lost in translation?

Featuring Xiaomin Chen, …

Stabilizing Rent-Stabilization

Ira L. Herman on the Santiago-Monteverde bankruptcy ruling

Featuring Ira L. Herman

Brown for the Disabled

On Dan Brown’s pro bono work to make New York more wheelchair accessible

Featuring Daniel L. Brown

The Best Neutral

Mediating with John DiBlasi

Featuring John P. DiBlasi

Outdated Laws: New York City Edition

Some of the most bizarre crimes in NYC


An Innocence Man

Barry Scheck talks Louima, Lyons, and whether the state has executed an innocent man

Featuring Barry C. Scheck

Luigi Ciuffetelli

Brew Master

How M&A ace Sabine Chalmers helped form the world’s largest brewing company


Michael Paras

The Defining Civil Rights Issue of This Century

David Boies, Ted Olson, and the federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage

Featuring David Boies, …

Michael Paras

Appealing Appellate

How Kathleen M. Sullivan went from academia to the only female name partner among the 100 largest firms in the country

Featuring Kathleen M. Sullivan

Michael Paras


How Marshall Huebner helped rescue the economy

Featuring Marshall S. Huebner

What’s So Funny About ... ?

Family lawyer Sue M. Moss talks comedy, the begging strategy and losing your mind on Oprah

Featuring Susan M. Moss

Nerves of Steel

A look at the not-so-secret identity of Napoli Bern

Featuring Marc J. Bern, …

A Damon Runyon Kind of Practice

Judd Burstein is mum on Fox News, but not on the mob or Don King

Featuring Judd Burstein

A Separation

Nooshin Namazi’s journey from Iran to Long Island

Featuring Nooshin Namazi

Michael Paras

A Boardroom Lawyer

How Martin Lipton changed corporate law

Featuring Martin Lipton

Michael Paras

The Queen of Breach

Privacy expert Lisa Sotto goes public

Featuring Lisa J. Sotto

Michael Paras

Environmental Energy

Susan Millington Campbell and the dirt aspect of environmental law


Michael Paras

Avanti, Sempre Avanti

Michael J. Amoruso is known as a listener even though he was born with bilateral hearing loss; he’s known for seeing solutions even though he’s legally blind


Too Big to Not Fail

An oral history of the short life and quick death of Dewey & LeBoeuf

Featuring John D. Draghi, …

Basketball Theory

Med mal attorney Duane M. Fiedler strives to even the playing field—in the courts and on the court

Featuring Duane M. Fiedler


Before taking up entertainment law, Marilyn G. Haft worked for the ACLU, Bella Abzug, the White House and the U.N.

Featuring Marilyn G. Haft

Michael Paras

Torch, Passed

Susan Brune represents a new generation of trial lawyers

Featuring Susan E. Brune

Michael Paras


Mary Kay Vyskocil reps insurance companies in cases ranging from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal to the collapse of the World Trade Center


Michael Paras

Dan’s Law

At the intersection of law, history and literature, you’ll find Daniel Kornstein

Featuring Daniel J. Kornstein

Michael Paras

The Former Outcast

Why personal injury attorney Marvin Salenger identifies with his clients

Featuring Marvin Salenger

Michael Paras

IP Man

J. Christopher Jensen talks Muppets, the Internet, and freeing a man on death row

Featuring J. Christopher Jensen

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Courtroom

Labe Richman’s monologue benefits the Immigrant Defense Project

Featuring Labe M. Richman

Where There’s a Will

Columbia student Andrea Johnson led a Care-A-Van to Native American tribal lands


The Four Lanes of Alphonso E. Tindall Jr.

As a child he walked the precincts for the first African-American running for mayor of New Haven; now he represents cities and states in a public sector-related practice


Michael Paras

The Internet Frontier

NBCUniversal’s Rick Cotton works to combat Internet piracy and protect content


Michael Paras

Stein’s Way

Joshua Stein, one of the first lawyers with a laptop, hangs a shingle midcareer

Featuring Joshua Stein

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The Don of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Gerald Shargel defends collars of every color … as well as the mob


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Protector of The Catcher in the Rye

Marcia Paul doesn’t relish being center of attention, but her clients, including J.D. Salinger, Mel Brooks and Dustin Hoffman, often put her there

Featuring Marcia B. Paul

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Judge Pollack’s Boys

Thomas Kavaler, Peter Wang and other lawyers pay homage to their mentor

Featuring Peter N. Wang, …

The Largest Pro Bono Effort in History

New York lawyers show TLC after 9/11

Featuring Marc M. Dittenhoefer, …

Real Heroes

Andrew “Duke” Maloney’s five-year battle for Glenn Winuk

Featuring Andrew J. Maloney

The Rabbi’s Son

Bankruptcy lawyer David Friedman on tough cases, humorous deal toys, and how to handle power brokers like Carl Icahn and Donald Trump


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Catching up with Gerald L. Shargel

Since appearing in the 2011 Super Lawyers Magazine article, Shargel has moved from small law to big


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Protecting a Global Brand

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Ken Siegel helps craft a corporate culture that is globally minded and socially aware


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Big Deal

Julie Jacobs navigates the new media frontier at AOL


The Ultimate Lawyer-Statesman

How Gary Naftalis beat Perry Mason, defended Michael Eisner, and sank a shot at Madison Square Garden

Featuring Gary P. Naftalis

The Team Player

Brad Karp is the man behind the man in the hot seat

Featuring Brad S. Karp

The Reality Check

The four commandments of Debra Raskin

Featuring Debra L. Raskin

Sea Change

How Vince DeOrchis helped update 80-year-old maritime law

Featuring Vincent M. DeOrchis

“Let’s Put on a Show!”

Backstage with Broadway lawyers Seth Gelblum, Elliot Brown, Jean Ward, Loren Plotkin and Nancy Rose

Featuring Nancy A. Rose, …

Manhattan Transfer

Real estate lawyer David Alan Richards transfers everything from Kipling books to air

Featuring David Alan Richards

Law … and All That Jazz

A little night music from IP attorney Jonathan Z. King

Featuring Jonathan Z. King

The Fourth Lesson of Joe Flom

It has something to do with liquidity


The Decider

Sandra Leung stepped in when Bristol-Myers Squibb took the heat


Pfizer’s Legal Sentry

Amy Schulman forwent a career in academia for high-stakes corporate litigation 

Featuring Amy W. Schulman

The Expert

Greg Joseph is the corporate litigator you want answering that 3 a.m. (or 4 a.m.) phone call

Featuring Gregory P. Joseph

A Minor Deity in the Bankruptcy Arena

From the Salad Oil Scandal of ‘63 to Lehman Brothers today, Harvey Miller is the bankruptcy lawyer you don’t cross


The Pioneer

Sheila Birnbaum was often the first woman in the room, but it’s in products liability that she blazed a trail

Featuring Sheila L. Birnbaum

Juilliard Without the Drama

How Laurie Carter keeps the performing arts performing


‘Who Did You Rep During the Global Financial Meltdown, Daddy?’

How an all-star line-up of lawyers helped ensure that Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers were bought, and someone, somewhere, cared about Bernie Madoff

Featuring H. Rodgin Cohen, …

Pirates of the Arabian

Lawrence Rutkowski on negotiating with men holding AK-47s

Featuring Lawrence Rutkowski

Lennon Law

How Leon Wildes helped John Lennon stay in the city he loved

Featuring Leon Wildes

Q&A With Murray Schwartz

Murray Schwartz of Schwartz & Perry has been practicing for 60 years. He currently focuses exclusively on all facets of employment law, including employment discrimination.



Noah Hanft leads the charge at MasterCard


Nice to Meet You, Mikhail Baryshnikov

Laurie Carter still gets star-struck on the Juilliard campus


Q&A: An American in China

Deryck Palmer on updating the nation's bankruptcy laws

Featuring Deryck A. Palmer

Pepsi One

Larry Thompson stands behind an iconic American brand        


Modernizing a 16th-Century Tradition

Sharon Grubin keeps The Met apace with the times       

Featuring Sharon E. Grubin

Rupert Murdoch’s Right-Hand Man

Lon Jacobs helped News Corporation take over The Wall Street Journal and MySpace


Boies v. Bush v. Gore

David Boies looks back at a brilliant career... and a Supreme Court decision that changed a nation

Featuring David Boies

The Eagle Scout

Bankruptcy lawyer Deryck Palmer is nice 98 percent of the time    

Featuring Deryck A. Palmer

Fire and Oxygen

Thomas Moore and Judith Livingston share three children and multimillion-dollar verdicts  

Featuring Judith A. Livingston, …

The Digger

An unhurried view of Roger Zissu        

Featuring Roger L. Zissu

The Second Life of Harriet Cohen

What the matrimonial lawyer learned to share with the world        

Featuring Harriet Newman Cohen

Staying Civil After 9/11

Three civil rights lawyers—Michael Ratner, Arthur Eisenberg and Manuel Vargas—and their organizations fight for our most basic rights          

Featuring Arthur N. Eisenberg, …

His Excellency

Jonathan Mechanic knows New York better than you do

Featuring Jonathan L. Mechanic

The Lawyers of Summer

Talkin’ baseball with the general counsels of the Yankees and Mets


The Lawyer Who Freed Prince

L. Londell McMillan learned business and advocacy from the best: his mother



The dust hasn’t begun to settle on 9/11 litigation

Featuring Randy M. Mastro, …

The First First Amendment Lawyer

Floyd Abrams on the Pentagon Papers, Judith Miller and why clerkships are great (it’s not why you think)

Featuring Floyd Abrams

The Other Side of Raoul Felder

The most controversial lawyer in New York (this year) comes clean

Featuring Raoul Felder

Government Problems? Call Ted Wells

Lewis Libby, in big trouble, knew where to turn

Featuring Theodore V. Wells, Jr.

On the Frontlines of Terror

Fireman-policeman-lawyer David Kelley strikes back at terrorists

Featuring David N. Kelley

One Woman's Ceiling is Another Woman's Floor

If you still think women can’t have it all, check out Valerie Ford Jacob

Featuring Valerie F. Jacob

Hold the Line, Mia, Pacino is on Line Two

Bill Beslow’s celebrity divorce clients appreciate his closed-mouth policy

Featuring William S. Beslow

And on the Seventh Day, He Rested

No, he’s not God, but his clients rank Ben Brafman just a few rungs below that

Featuring Benjamin Brafman

The Ninth Member of the Chicago Eight

Gerald Lefcourt counts Abbie Hoffman, Sid Vicious and hotelier Harry Helmsley among the clients he’s had in his legendary career

Featuring Gerald B. Lefcourt

Redford is NOT a Cigarette (and other entertainment law stories)

Martin Garbus tells stories as good as those told by the entertainers he protects


The Keepers of New York's Treasures

They may be invisible — they like it that way — but the lawyers who protect the Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Opera and The New York Public Library system watch over the city’s cultural icons


In the Express Lane

How Louise Parent moved up the AmEx corporate ladder


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