Stephen Ellison

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Trials and tribulations: A profile of Oakland trial lawyer J. Gary Gwilliam

A childhood of hard times leads to a life of alcohol abuse until a spiritual awakening changes this hard-charging plaintiff's lawyer

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2008 April

Public Justice: Redefining the idea of teamwork in the courtroom

Standing for Truth, and Justice, and the American Way is more than just a catchphrase

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2008 June

Lawyers at leisure: “Back away from the desk!”

Here’s a look at some of the more interesting after-hours activities pursued by legal minds

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2009 March

Why AAJ moved its convention

AAJ decides to avoid political clash in San Diego; relocates convention to San Francisco

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2009 June

Medical liens: Necessary evil or litigation advantage?

The economy, the Supreme Court and HMOs combine to accelerate the use of medical liens in personal injury cases

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2013 April

Reporting for duty

Track down all the incident reports, videos and maybe even a witness to better understand what happened

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2016 October

Profile: RJ Waldsmith

From To Kill a Mockingbird to finding success through technology, teamwork and a passion for helping clients

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2016 December

Profile: Anne Costin

Profile: Anne Costin

Employment law specialist, she fosters a nontraditional relationship with clients as she continues to fight for them as a solo practitioner

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2017 January

Profile: Joseph Brent

The former prosecutor enjoys challenge of tough liability cases

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2017 February

Profile: Claude Wyle

35-year veteran thrives on holding bullies accountable while remaining human

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2017 March

Profile: Karine Bohbot and Elizabeth Riles

It’s all about symmetry for this pair of employment lawyers at the top of their game

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2017 April

Profile: Rene Turner Sample

Influenced by her strong faith and personal family struggles, lifelong Fresno resident keeps her focus on the client’s best interest and keeps her ego out of it

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2017 May

Profile: Nina Shapirshteyn

Ukrainian immigrant cherished her chance at success in the U.S. and developed a passion for products-liability cases

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Profile: Kevin Morrison

Shrewd, passionate trial lawyer embraces challenges in the courtroom and on the bike

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2017 July

Profile: Wes Lowe

Insurance bad-faith specialist follows his passion, not the money, to success

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2017 August

Profile: Leslie Levy

Thinking outside the confines of law-school teachings helped jump-start a long, successful career for this civil rights advocate

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2017 September

Profile: Scott Righthand

Personal injury specialist refuses to back down, even when faced with improbable odds; still takes med-mal “250 cases” when the client “gets to me”

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2017 October

Profile: Karen Carrera

Immigrant from Peru draws on personal experience to ensure Latinos are treated fairly in employment and housing

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2017 November

Profile: Theo Emison

Fourth-generation lawyer from rural Tennessee makes his own way in the big city

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2017 December

Profile: Bill McDevitt

A blue-collar upbringing provides personal-injury attorney with motivation to level the playing field

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2018 January

Profile: Brian Gearinger

Third-generation attorney comes full circle with his solo plaintiff law practice

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2018 February

Profile: Chantel Fitting

She hates to lose, but it happens when you take cases that other PI attorneys won’t touch

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2018 March

Profile: Boone Callaway

He never set out to be a med-mal lawyer – and then that Kaiser case landed on his desk and he was hooked

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2018 April

Profile: Chris Viadro

Practicing law wasn’t what he had hoped for, until losing a job led to his “light-bulb moment”

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2018 May

Profile: P. Bobby Shukla

Profile: P. Bobby Shukla

Indian-Brazilian immigrant overcomes barriers to establish herself as a top advocate in employment law

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2018 June

Profile: Andje Medina

“You have to have faith and follow your heart” — and become fully invested in your clients

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2018 July

Profile: Jayme Walker

Young partner at old firm makes her mark in employment law

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2018 August

Profile: Khaldoun Baghdadi

“Make sure the focus is on the client and not on you, because it’s not about you.”

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2018 September

Profile: Mark Burton

Whether it’s suing Uber over employment status or proving that the weed killer Roundup causes cancer, he thrives in complex litigation

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2018 October

Profile: Jonathan Davis

Former labor union rep goes all in as a ‘proactive’ lawyer for the underdog

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2018 November

Profile: Rachel Abrams

Would-be marine biologist uses her scientific expertise to litigate against Big Pharma, medical-device firms

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2018 December

Profile: Rick Baskin

Profile: Rick Baskin

Trial lawyer helps people shake the blues before he hits the stage to play them

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2019 January

Profile: Lexi Hazam

Multidistrict litigator stares down Big Pharma, others with help from her anthropological background

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2019 February

Profile: Bryan Schwartz

Employment law specialist has a keen ability to put himself in his clients’ shoes

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2019 March

Profile: Seth Rosenberg

A knack for engaging, listening to and helping people. And winning big verdicts by focusing on key issues

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2019 April