Lawyer Limelight: Peter Hansen

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Peter Hansen graduated from the University of Iowa in 1979, with a major in philosophy, and three years later from the university’s College of Law. Since then, he has spent his entire professional life in the state and says he “would not trade my life here for any other place.” Hansen, of Hansen Law Offices in Burlington, Iowa, handles a mix of civil and criminal litigation and was a past Lawdragon 500 member for his achievements. He also works as a contract attorney for two prisons, and early in his legal career he worked … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Linda Singer

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In May, Linda Singer will become the first female chair of the board of directors for JAMS, the largest private provider of mediation and arbitration services in the world. Singer has more than 30 years of dispute resolution experience as a neutral, litigator and trainer, and is viewed as a pioneer in the field. She has served as a mediator in numerous federal and state courts throughout the country and has resolved thousands of disputes across a wide range of civil litigation areas. Singer received her law degree from George Washington … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Shawn Gunnarson

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Internet governance is back in the news these days, as the U.S. Commerce Department takes steps to relinquish its largely symbolic role in managing the infrastructure of the World Wide Web. Wait. You hadn't heard? We're not surprised. Unless you're a longterm, hardcore geek, you're probably unaware of the past 20 years of raucous debate over just how the Internet is supposed to work and how it should work in the future. There are not many attorneys who have been around for the whole ride. R. Shawn Gunnarson of Kirton McConkie in … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Peter Goetz


Renowned construction lawyer Peter Goetz began his career as a field engineer, working on massive construction projects such as the Massachusetts Turnpike and Throgs Neck Bridge. It was a feeling of restlessness that led him to attend Brooklyn Law School at night, beginning in 1957, while continuing to work as an engineer during the day. Ultimately, he made the decision to represent contractors instead of becoming one. He discussed with Lawdragon his remarkable journey, his career transition and how he came to preside over the … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Dean Craig Boise

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Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Craig Boise was a nontraditional student who made a habit of seeing and seizing opportunities – jumping, for example, from studying piano to a job in his Kansas City, Mo., hometown police department, and from a police academy where he learned about the law back to college (University of Missouri) and then into legal academia itself. He earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School and an LL.M. in taxation from New York University School of Law. He now leads an institution that … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Dean Andrew Klein

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Andrew Klein is the personification of home grown and groomed legal academic talent. Klein, dean of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, was announced in 2013 as the university’s undisputed choice after a yearlong search. At the time, he was chief of staff in the university Chancellor’s Cabinet, which includes overseeing the intercollegiate athletic program, and had taken on additional responsibilities as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. He was also a longtime and much honored … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Nicole Duckett Fricke

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New Year, new perspective, and there’s no fresher perspective than a newly minted partner’s view of the legal profession. Milberg partner Nicole Duckett Fricke was promoted to her new position at the class action plaintiffs' firm in March 2013, and the UCLA Law School graduate has many insights to share about her partnership track. First thing on her list of things to master as a new partner: Thinking like a partner. According to Fricke, it is not as easy as one would think. Apparently, the skill does not come automatically with … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Dean Richard Gershon

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Leading the long-accredited University of Mississippi School of Law as dean is a slight change of pace for Richard Gershon, who made a mini-career of shepherding law schools through the American Bar Association approval process. He guided Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law) to full accreditation in 1994. As founding dean he took the Charleston School of Law to provisional accreditation; it was fully accredited in 2011. A graduate of the University of Georgia with a JD from the University of … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Eleanor Yost


Congress’ tinkering with the U.S. patent laws has kept Goodwin Procter partner Eleanor Yost quite busy in the past few months. A member of the firm's intellectual property group, Yost regularly represents clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the International Trade Commission on IP matters. With the roll out of key changes in the way patents can be challenged at the patent office, Yost spends a lot of time educating and preparing clients on how they can best take advantage of the new regulations brought on by the … [Read more...]

Lawyer Limelight: Dean Victor Gold

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Victor Gold's career path makes a clear case for his devotion to legal education and, specifically, to Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Early in his career, he turned down a partnership offer at Nossaman LLP in Los Angeles to take an Arizona State University College of Law professorship. He joined Loyola in 1984, winning accolades as an educator, including an Excellence in Teaching Award from the class of 2007, and took his first administrative role in 2000 as associate dean for academic affairs. He became the 16th dean at Loyola Law School … [Read more...]