Lawyer Limelight: Jane Michaels

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Jane Michaels may have come out West on a “whim,” but the Boston University School of Law graduate certainly made the most of the opportunities that awaited her in Denver. She clerked at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and embarked on a litigation career at Holland & Hart, where she serves as chair of the firm’s trial practice. The Lawdragon 500 member has excelled in all manner of complex commercial and intellectual property cases, with a long track record of success in patent infringement and other disputes … [Read more...]

The Lawyer Limelight: Adam Klein

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As head of Outten & Golden’s employment class action practice, perennial Lawdragon 500 member Adam Klein has successfully challenged employment practices at some of the largest companies in the world, including Wal-Mart, IBM and Verizon. In recent years, the 1990 graduate of Hofstra Law has set his sights on the financial services industry, where he says there are “massive differences in pay between men and women and whites and minorities.” Klein is co-lead plaintiffs’ counsel in a lawsuit against Goldman Sachs over … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Kyle Bachus and Darin Schanker

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Since setting out on their own in 1996, Kyle Bachus and Darin Schanker have turned Denver-based Bachus & Schanker into one of the most successful plaintiff-side personal injury boutiques in the nation. Bachus, a University of Florida law school graduate who moved to Colorado in 1994, and Schanker, who earned his law degree at the University of Denver, share a passion for representing the underdog and taking on the risky case that may not pay off – at least financially, as long as they pursue a "moral" … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Noah Hagey

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Noah Hagey’s intense, competitive streak – he enjoys doing a few triathlons a year – has served him well as leader of his own firm, which he set up in 2009 after leaving litigation powerhouse Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. San Francisco-based BraunHagey & Borden has since become its own successful litigation boutique, handling an interesting mix of financial services, intellectual property, class action and other commercial cases. In recent years, the 2001 University of Texas School of Law graduate has developed a … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Lynne Bernabei

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Lynne Bernabei has always been a passionate advocate for social justice. The Washington, D.C.-based attorney co-founded Bernabei & Wachtel, an eight-lawyer firm that represents whistleblowers as well as plaintiffs in employment and civil rights cases. Among her many notable cases challenging institutions to change their practices, Bernabei has represented a gay staffer fired from the Democratic National Committee, women faculty alleging gender discrimination at DePaul University and whistleblowers at Los Alamos National … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Michael Cardamone

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Michael Cardamone discusses what he finds professionally satisfying in the practice of Workers' Compensation and how his career path led him to start his own law firm.  Name: Michael Cardamone Firm: The Cardamone Law Firm Position: Founder   Practice Areas: Workers Compensation Location: Blue Bell, Pa. Law School: Villanova University School of Law, 1999 Undergraduate: Boston College, 1996 Lawdragon: Let’s start out with a general overview of your practice. How do you describe to … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Stuart Liner

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In this era of legal innovation, we thought it was time to talk to Stuart Liner, who’s been reinventing the law business for nearly 20 years at L.A.’s Liner LLP. He brings a velocity and appreciation of risk to all aspects of the firm – from the practice of law, to its underwriting of 85 students in need, to its substantial returns from a unique investment fund. With a core group of partners, Liner has built one of the largest independent firms in Southern California, focused on key strategic practices, including … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Joseph Re

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Our 10th anniversary edition of the Lawdragon 500 is bound to have an impressive array of verdicts and settlements, and sitting near the top is Masimo’s victory over Philips Electronics North America in Delaware federal court. In October, a jury rejected Philips’ infringement claims of $170 million and awarded Masimo more than $466 million for infringement of two Masimo patents related to measuring patient blood oxygen levels and pulse rates. Joseph Re led the Knobbe Martens team on the case, notching another impressive result … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Carlos Mendez-Penate

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President Obama’s Dec. 17 announcement on changes in U.S.-Cuba relations caught most Americans off guard. Carlos Méndez-Peñate, who lived in Havana until the age of nine, counts himself among those surprised by the full extent of the regulatory changes for U.S. individuals and businesses, but he was at least prepared. The Akerman LLP partner, a 1976 graduate of Yale Law School, has had an active Cuba practice for several years as part of his broader corporate finance work. He has been structuring deals throughout Latin … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Naomi Roht-Arriaza


Much has changed since Naomi Roht-Arriaza, as a UC Berkeley law student, first started looking into the legal responsibilities that nations might have to hold perpetrators of massive human rights violations accountable. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, transitional justice – which involves the use of prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations, institutional reforms, memorials and other mechanisms to address past abuses – had not yet taken shape as its own field. (Roht-Arriaza earned both a J.D. and master's of public policy … [Read more...]