Lawyer Limelight: Michael Cardamone

Michael Cardamone

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...]

Lawyer Limelight: Jonathan Lowy

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There are a significant number of people in the United States who would say that what Jon Lowy does for a living is downright un-American. But the lines have been long drawn in the war on guns and Lowy, Director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center in Washington, D.C., has spent much of his legal career on the front lines and as a master strategist in the battle to hold politicians, gun manufacturers, sellers and owners accountable for gun safety and, when appropriate, the deaths and maimings caused by firearms. Lawdragon: … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Thomas Perrelli

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Thomas Perrelli may be better known for his forays into public service than he is as a Jenner & Block partner, but his zigzag path to the top of the legal profession has kept him “interested and happy” and given him a unique perspective that clients consider vital. The 1992 Harvard Law graduate joined Jenner & Block freshly out of law school, but left the firm in 1997 to serve as counsel to then U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, rising to the position of Deputy Assistant Attorney General before returning to Jenner & … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Charla Aldous

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In her 28 years as a trial lawyer, Dallas attorney Charla Aldous has earned just about every type of distinction and award in her line of work. And for good reason. She has tried nearly 200 cases for injured clients and their families with verdicts totaling in excess of $750 million, easily making her one of the most successful plaintiffs’ lawyers of her generation. Aldous of Aldous Law Firm is a member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, which is limited to 100 of the best plaintiff-side lawyers in the nation, and was recently … [Read more...]

Lawdragon Limelight: Joan Lukey

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It is not exaggeration to call Joan Lukey the doyenne of the Boston Bar, and she has few equals in the U.S. in experience in big jury cases. A past president of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the first woman to hold the position, she spent nearly 30 years as a partner at WilmerHale before joining Ropes & Gray in 2008 and then Choate Hall & Stewart in October 2014 to head the firm's complex trial and appellate group. Her victory for Patricia Cornwell before a jury last year, with a $50.9M judgment against the firm that … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Gerald Silk

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As the leading plaintiffs’ securities litigation firm in the nation, Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann is bound to make an impact after any corporate fraud scandal, pushing for both recoveries and reforms. A key member of that tireless army is Gerald Silk, who also heads the Bernstein Litowitz team that evaluates which cases to take on. Investors around the world are happy that Silk, the son of a plaintiffs’ lawyer, switched sides after initially doing defense work at Weil, Gotshal & Manges. The 1995 Brooklyn Law … [Read more...]