Welcome to a redesigned Super Lawyers Magazine.
We’ve kept the things you love while expanding the
editorial menu considerably. You’ll find a lot of quick reads
in the front of the magazine—such as “Discovery,” a brief,
witty Q&A with one of your colleagues—and new design
elements that give the publication a fresh look.
So how do we choose which lawyers to write about? First,
the attorneys must be selected to the current year’s Super
Lawyers list. Then we factor in which firms and practice
areas we’ve recently covered—we don’t want to play
favorites or ignore deserving-but-lesser-known candidates.
We aim for diversity in region, gender, ethnicity. Attorneys
ranking near the top of the list are more likely to appear on
the cover. And of course, the story itself is crucial.
The one thing that isn’t a factor? Advertising. As with the
Super Lawyers list, editorial is never for sale. In fact, our
editorial team has won more than a dozen journalism
awards around the country.
In this issue, we visit with Dru Nielsen and Iris Eytan, two
criminal defense lawyers, who, according to a colleague,
have no cynicism in them: “They really believe in what
they’re doing.” We talk about the reasons behind the
vanishing jury trial, while Jim Leventhal tells us how he
went from selling suits to winning them for one of the most
prominent med-mal firms in the country. And we hear
about Kim Willoughby, Ken Eichener, Michael Decker, Kristi
Anderson Wells, Summer Woodson Berg, Jason C. Astle,
and the sabbatical program at Hutchinson Black and Cook.
Thank you for reading. We look forward to your feedback.
GENERAL MANAGER Laura Long
PUBLISHER Cindy Larson
EDITORIAL & RESEARCH
DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL & RESEARCH Ron Cahill
EDITOR Erik Lundegaard
MANAGING EDITOR Ross Pfund
CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Trevor Kupfer, Beth Taylor,
EDITORIAL ASSIS TANT Andrew Brandt
PHO TOGRAPHY Paul Wedlake
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Andre w Engelson, Jessica Glynn,
Steve Knopper, Jim Walsh, Joel Warner
RESEARCH TEAM LEAD Laura Roepke
SENIOR RESEARCH SPECIALISTS Chris Cheng, Jill Steward
RESEARCH EDITORS Andrew Brady, Caroline Daykin,
Andrew Eilertson, Wendy Lees, Mary Reeher
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