Thank you for helping us celebrate the first year of our
redesigned Super Lawyers Magazine.
We hope you’ve noticed fresh touches—like “Discovery,” a brief
Q&A that gives one of your colleagues the solo spotlight. Or
“Local Counsel,” a definitive guide that scores you the inside
scoop on what’s good in the neighborhood.
And we’re still innovating. Often, it’s your innovation that keeps
us on our toes—that’s why you may see stories like “De Novo,”
about cutting-edge legal work; or “Firm Forward,” which profiles
creative ways that firms thrive. The one thing we won’t reinvent is
our bedrock—the compelling attorney profiles that have won our
editorial team more than a dozen national journalism awards.
How do we choose which lawyers to profile? He or she must
be selected to the current year’s Super Lawyers list. Then we
consider which firms and practice areas we’ve recently covered.
We aim for regional, gender and ethnic diversity, too. Attorneys
ranking near the top of the list are more likely to appear on the
cover. And 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 this issue, Todd Graves kicks off his work boots to chat for
a while, about farming, lawyering, politics and his version of
barnstorming. Todd Luckman goes gaga for Galaga, Sylvia
Penner scoops the best crab cake benedict in town and Kurt
Reeg shares a raw personal story. Plus, Melody Rayl talks the
three distinct phases of her career, and former National Bar
Association president Pamela Meanes talks about what it was
like to lead in the wake of Ferguson.
Thanks for reading. Drop us a line—we’d love to get your feedback.
GENERAL MANAGER Laura Long
PUBLISHER Cindy Larson
EDITORIAL & RESEARCH
DIRECTOR OF EDITORIAL & RESEARCH Ron Cahill
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Erik Lundegaard
EDITOR Amy White
MANAGING EDITOR Ross Pfund
CONTRIBU TING EDITORS Trevor Kupfer, Beth Taylor
EDITORIAL ASSIS TANT Andrew Brandt
PHOTOGRAPH Y Don Ipock
CONTRIBU TING WRITER RJ Smith
RESEARCH TEAM LEAD Laura Roepke
SENIOR RESEARCH SPECIALISTS Chris Cheng,
RESEARCH EDITORS Caroline Daykin, Andrew Eilertson,
Wendy Lees, Mary Reeher
DIRECTOR OF DA TABASE OPERA TIONS Evan Kentop
DATA ADMINISTRA TORS Traci Davey, Cale Millberry,
DATA SPECIALISTS Beth Callentine, Mary Cheam,
PROFILE PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR Michael Pease
PROJECT MANAGER Rachel Uhlig
DIRECTOR OF ONLINE OPERATIONS Garth Gillespie
ONLINE APPLICA TION DEVELOPERS Marissa Eder,
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCTION Linda Eklund
SENIOR PRODUCTION MANAGERS Tina Justison,
PRODUCTION MANAGERS Alicia Collins, Todd Proud
MANAGER OF ART & PRODUCTION Erica Sorrentino
GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Rich Ganzman, Meredith Ogorek
PRODUCTION Shuné Benny, Da’Chaun Bolden,
Andrew Eiser, Tim Knecht, Kiara Mayfield, Amy Sherren,
MARKETING & PRODUCT
MARKETING MANAGER Cara Kent
PRODUCT MANAGER Jam Liske
MARKETING & EVEN TS Denise Bowe, Patrick Dunn,
Sam Frederick, Joanna Johnson, Jillian Tyler
SR. SALES MANAGER Dick Sarnowski
REGIONAL SALES MANAGER Malobi Achike
SENIOR ASSOCIA TE PUBLISHERS Aaron Andreen,
Susan Bennett, Dave Burris, June Ford, Paul Garno,
Michael Loonan, Heidi Murphy, Rob Poncin,
Colin Richardson, Susan Wanzek
ASSOCIATE PUBLISHERS Flip Arkulary, Francis Bungue,
Bruce Harries, Khalil Jordan, Alex Lessard, Ashley McGough,
Veronica Palmquist, Travis Runck, Jason Torkelson
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