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Virginia Super Lawyers Articles

Choosing to Be Happy

How Steve Emmert found his niche

Dream Career

How Soulmaz Taghavi’s connections with immigrants shaped her pathway to the law

Hometown Booster

When it comes to Warrenton, Marie Washington can’t say—or do—enough

Changing the Narrative

There’s nothing Sherry Fox loves more than being underestimated

The Cutting Edge

Self-defense training empowers Kate M. Reese—and gives her a heck of a bar story

Notes from Camp Quarantine

Lakai Vinson shares her take on pandemic life

Chuck Zauzig and the Art of Zen Maintenance

The med-mal lawyer’s escape comes in waves

Right Place, Right Time

Jamilah LeCruise inherited a practice, then made it her own

Gone Hot

Anne Bibeau’s budding hemp practice

The Hired Daughters

Valerie Geiger and Cary Cucinelli navigate elder law during the pandemic

‘I Wanted to Sue Everybody’

The arrest that made a lawyer out of Nina Ginsberg

Rick ‘n’ Roll

Rick Friedman on his hair metal and Punk’d past

A Bit Complex

Andrew Painter on uncorking Virginia’s wine history

The Real Challenge

Like Tolstoy, Reeves Mahoney knows that every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way

‘Justice Ultimately Prevails’

Mark Cummings defended Mark Felt before the world learned he was Deep Throat

Ascending the Stage

Divani Nadaraja’s footwork through dance and the law

A Star in Star City

Growing up on a tobacco farm, Brett Marston learned the value of hard work. Now he reaps the rewards

In the Lymelight

IP lawyer and biotech company co-founder Thomas Dunlap helped create a test for Lyme disease

Of Headlines and Coal Mines

Karen Elliott’s journey from journalism to the law

Book Case

Angela Matney shares her story in the Human Library 

Discovery with Sandra Giannone Ezell

Sandra Giannone Ezell knows who runs the world

Notes on How to Beat Claire Cardwell

But they won't work any better for you than they did for the feds

Putting on a Clinic

Robert F. Redmond Jr. puts the pro in pro bono

Discovery with Michael Robusto

Voted “Tidewater’s Funniest Lawyer,” criminal defense lawyer Michael Robusto of Slipow, Robusto & Kellam is quick with a joke. But ask him to wear a tie on the weekend, and that’s no laughing matter.

Local Counsel with Andy Condlin

Richmond land use attorney Andy Condlin of Roth Doner Jackson Gibbons Condlin tells us what’s good in the neighborhood

The Brain Behind Brain Injuries

Irvin Cantor brings light to the mysteries of traumatic brain injury

Scalpel, Please

Trial attorneys get to build cases. Gentry Locke appellate lawyer Monica T. Monday delights in slipping on doctor’s gloves to dissect them

Media Player

Craig T. Merritt is the first lawyer to call in Virginia’s First Amendment cases

Crowning Achievements

When Courtney Moates Paulk isn’t resolving disputes on land, she’s conquering open water

Turning Hate Aside

Michael HuYoung fled Castro and embraced a skinhead client

Building Families and Rebuilding Lives

In her personal injury, employment and surrogacy/adoption practices, Colleen Quinn’s mantra rings clear

At Your Service

Agnis Chakravorty on being a lawyer, a restaurant owner and a human crawfish

In the Wake of Strong Women

Family attorney Marcia Maddox took hints from Lady Bird Johnson and Betty Thompson, and it made all the difference

Great Privilege, Great Responsibility

Litigator and deacon Christopher Malone is committed to using the law to do good works

Morrow in the Middle

Williamsburg-based mediator Joan Morrow, who practices across the country, speaks about fundamental neutrality, navigating emotional minefields and going from gladiator mode to counselor mode

The Can-Do Counsel

When Ann K. Sullivan rolls up her sleeves, problems get solved—by bake sale or legal brief

Behind-the-Scenes Man

Bennett Fidlow brings Hollywood to Richmond

Bill Axselle: At Your Service

After 16 years as a legislator, the government law attorney at Williams Mullen lobbies for change from the outside. And yes, he helped bring Nordstrom to Richmond

A Colorful Phenomenon

Buddy Allen tells us where we are

Uncle Sam Wanted Him

How Peter Greenspun, a table-pad manufacturer’s son from Philadelphia, wound up representing Caleb Hughes, Marv Albert and John A. Muhammad

L’Americaine à Paris

To Leigh-Alexandra Basha, nothing is certain but travel and taxes

In Pat Robertson’s Orbit

Lou Isakoff went from the Christian Broadcast Network to Regent University

The Astounding Success of Plan B

James Theobald builds consensus so others can build

Speak Softly, Shatter a Glass Ceiling

Anne Marie Whittemore and the charisma of quiet competence

The Curious Case of a Button Collector

James Korman witnessed political history; now he collects it  

Double Duty

How Thomas Dunlap and Daniel Grubb started a firm while serving their country

Hail to the Self-Deprecating Chief

Jimmy Morris downplays his success; and that's a key to his success        

Grace Under Fire

Family law attorney Betty Moore Sandler's goal is to bring people to consensus ... and to cheer on Kentucky basketball  

The People’s Lawyer

Allan Karlin's work reverberates through the halls of power  

The New-School Citizen-Lawyer

Richard Ottinger is a star litigator who shines outside the courtroom        

Arguing the Medicine

Heather Ellison handles med-mal defense delicately  

The Lawyer Is IN

Family law attorney John Karanian was once a shrink for the CIA        

Not Your Average Dirt Lawyer

Bob Hughes uses real estate expertise to fight homelessness        

Have Salami, Will Travel

Alan B. Plevy takes Katz's kosher salami around the world        

Enter the Courtroom

Charlie C.H. Lee, a five-time karate world champion, carries his martial-arts values into the legal world        

Q&A with Edna Ruth Vincent

Edna Ruth Vincent, a family law attorney with Colten Cummins Watson & Vincent in Fairfax, Va., was born in Roxboro, N.C., where she grew up and went to college. After completing a master's degree in education at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Vincent taught high school for five years before becoming a lawyer.

Goolsby on Goolsby

The author of Goolsby on Virginia Corporations tells all

The Supreme Thrill

Four Virginia lawyers on arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court

The Meat Cutter's Daughter

Lisa A. Bertini on delis, Fabio and the terror of hanging your own shingle

The Loudest

David Baugh fights to preserve the Constitution—including the rights of Klansmen and al-Qaida terrorists

All the Livelong Day

Susan Armstrong’s been working for the railroad

Iron Man

Frank Santoro goes the extra 140.6 miles

That's Not All, Folks!

How cartoonist Michael L. Goodman went from Bugs Bunny to the business page

Emch as in Mensch

Al Emch pilots the Jackson Kelly law firm like he did C-130s

Jennifer McClellan is in the House

The Verizon counsel is also a state rep

The Self-Starter

How high school dropout Russell “Rusty” McGuire dropped back in, became the state’s assistant attorney general and advised the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq

Doing the Right Thing

Corporate lawyer Maya Eckstein knows why this day is different from all other days, and it shows in her pro bono work

Handling the Curve Balls

Lori D. Thompson couldn’t get a job as a teacher, so now she’s saving jobs as a bankruptcy lawyer

My Son, the Non-Doctor

Michael Guanzon shames his family by becoming a lawyer

The Last Great General Practitioner in Virginia

James C. Roberts gives us a tour of his office and talks about the debt he can never repay

The Shenandoah Valley Lawyer

Everyone is impressed with Craig Cooley—except Craig Cooley

The Conscience of an Ex-Judge

Ronald Tweel’s stand against the Iraq War is reminiscent of the anti-war stance of his most famous client: Muhammad Ali

Going Over the Mountain

How John Charles Thomas overcame poverty and racism to become the first African-American justice on the Virginia Supreme Court

Elaine Bredehoft Keeps Coming At You

The Fairfax County lawyer’s arsenal includes intense concentration and a well-known soft drink

The Young and the Restless

Real estate lawyer Gina Burgin once went coast-to-coast on Weekend Today

A Bronx Tale

Malik Cutlar’s route to the law was a paper route

He’s With the Band

Philip Goodpasture helps the Dave Matthews Band deal with cybercriminals and typosquatters

The Gold Standard

Capital One's John Finneran expects the best

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