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On February 10, 2014, Jacoby & Meyers announced the appointment of APRL member Gabriel Miller as Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel.

On February 10, 2014, Jacoby & Meyers announced the appointment of APRL member Gabriel Miller as Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel. Mr. Miller has more than 25 years of experience as a General Counsel and litigator, encompassing a broad range of industries and types of companies. He has worked in industries ranging from financial services to high tech to media/marketing and professional services, for companies from start-ups to Fortune 50 subsidiaries. He received his undergraduate degree from the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut in Business Administration in 1984 and his law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1988. More information can be found here.
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On January 2, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion that permits the admission of undocumented immigrants to the California State Bar, In re Sergio C. Garcia, 58 Cal 4th 440 (2014)

On January 2, 2014, the California Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion that permits the admission of undocumented immigrants to the California State Bar, In re Sergio C. Garcia, 58 Cal 4th 440 (2014). Garcia was represented pro bono by APRL members Lindsay Slatter and Jerome Fishkin. The case holds that undocumented immigration status does not per se deny a person admission to the California State Bar. Lindsay and Jerry estimate that they logged over 600 pro hours during the 3 years they were involved. The case was both a professional and personal odyssey for Lindsay and Jerry, who are married as well as law partners. They will speak about their experience at the Friday Luncheon on Friday, March 28, 2014, during the APRL Mid-Year Meeting in Las Vegas.

APRL member Timothy Strauch successfully represented an office supply company, Masters Group International Inc., in a lawsuit against the company’s bank, Dallas-based Comerica Inc

APRL member Timothy Strauch successfully represented an office supply company, Masters Group International Inc., in a lawsuit against the company’s bank, Dallas-based Comerica Inc. The bank was found to have reneged on a deal to maintain Masters’ credit line. In January, the jury awarded Mr. Strauch’s client $41.5 million in compensatory damages and $10.5 million in punitive damages. Mr. Strauch noted: “I think it took a Montana jury to render this verdict. Where fair is fair and a deal is a deal.”
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Arthur Burger

Arthur Burger

APRL member Arthur Burger was interviewed for and quoted in an article that appeared in the National Law Journal on March 11, 2013, concerning whether a non-client sibling entity that shared a general counsel with a law firm’s client can sue the law firm. The legal malpractice case is pending before the D.C. Court of Appeals. The article by Zoe Tillman is titled “Legal Malpractice Puzzle.”

Jan L. Jacobowitz – University of Miami School of Law Professional Responsibility and Ethics Program

The American Bar Association recognized the University of Miami School of LawProfessional Responsibility and Ethics Program, which is under the direction of APRL member, Prof. Jan L. Jacobowitz, as a recipient of this year’s E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award. The E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards are the leading national awards recognizing programs and projects contributing to the understanding and advancement of professionalism among lawyers. Dennis R. Honabach, Chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism, stated: “The Committee was particularly impressed with the program’s unique amalgam of an extraordinary ‘real-world’ experience for their student instructors and valuable legal-learning benefits for the recipient local legal organization and firms. Your program offers a model for law schools in communities with a concentration of legal organizations to partner with such a program.”
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David Atkins – Connecticut Law Tribune

APRL member David Atkins was quoted in an article in the Connecticut Law Tribune concerning a proposed change to Connecticut’s Rules of Professional Conduct that would permit lawyers and law firms to take advantage of Internet services to attract clients. David had represented several Connecticut lawyers who were charged but not sanctioned under the current rule.
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Elizabeth (Beth) Alston – ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, 2009 – 2011

Elizabeth (Beth) Alston has been repeatedly quoted in the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct during the First Amendment fight over Louisiana’s restrictive new lawyer advertising rules.

Beth was interviewed by Joan C. Rogers of ABA/BNA and quoted in the following articles:

“Fifth Circuit Overturns Some Louisiana Rules, Upholds Others, Governing Lawyer Advertising,” ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, Vol. 27, p. 68. February 1, 2011:

“For the first time, a balanced analysis has been applied to Louisiana advertising rules by an independent court,” Alston told BNA.

 

Mike Downey – Southeast Missourian, January 5, 2011

APRL member Mike Downey says in the January 5, 2011 issue of Southeast Missourian “romantic relationships of publicly elected prosecutors is a murky issue.”

The case arose from a so-called private message made which was made public on YouTube which put Cape Girardeau County’s prosecuting attorney Morley Swingle on the defense, raising questions about whether a romantic relationship caused to recuse himself from a case he worked on for 11 months.

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