John Keker is one of the Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States. In addition to serving as law clerk to Retired Chief Justice at the U.S. Supreme Court Earl Warren, his trial legacy includes several high-profile cases in the national spotlight, including prosecuting Oliver North. Known for his tenacious courtroom tactics, John tells it like in is in this wide-ranging discussion with Host Mike Herring about ethics, judges, juries and his passion for doing what’s right.
Pamela Mackey may be best known for her successful defense of high-profile celebrities like Kobe Bryant and Patrick Roy, which earned her the nickname “a pitbull in pearls.” But even if the client wasn’t a household name, Pamela Mackey loved representing anyone in a difficult situation. Host Amy Gunn talks with Pamela about some of her most famous cases and her personal strategies for dealing with the media and preparing a client for trial.
Justice Marie Deschamps served on the Supreme Court of Canada and continues to champion social causes even after stepping down from the bench. Host Amy Gunn talks with Justice Deschamps about her career, her landmark decisions and her advice for attorneys of all ages about how to handle responsibility, dissent and social evolution.
Ken Feinberg is one of the most prominent dispute resolution attorneys in the country. He served as Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation fund, ran the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Victim Compensation Fund and managed compensation systems relating to the Aurora and Virginia Tech shootings and the Boston Marathon bombing. Join host Dave Paul for a fascinating discussion about ethics, honesty and public service with one of the most highly regarded mediators in America.
District Attorney of Manhattan Cyrus Vance Jr. views every case through the lens of two basic principles: does it make us safer and is it fair? His office has handled some of the most influential cases in the country, including the Harvey Weinstein case and the Malcolm X conviction integrity trial. Host Amy Gunn talks with DA Vance about integrity, leadership and the importance of doing what’s right in every aspect of public service. Tune in for an inspiring discussion.
S2E1 - The Ahmaud Arbery Murder Case & Charlottesville Hate Crimes with Linda Dunikoski & Alan Levine
The entire country was watching when Linda Dunikoski and Alan Levine tried these two racially charged cases and won. Host Amy Gunn talked with Linda and Alan during the ACTL Spring Conference about their pre-trial, voir dire and courtroom strategies, and their concerns and hopes for the American justice system. Tune in for a fascinating behind-the-scenes discussion of how these two gifted attorneys and their legal teams forced the vitriol of race to take a back seat to the rule of law.
Chilton Varner believes great trial lawyers never stop learning, and that every trial is a teachable moment for attorneys and the younger lawyers they mentor. Host Mike Herring leads a wide-ranging discussion about Chilton’s career as a leader in commercial and product liability litigation and explores her contention that successful lawyers tend to be more conversational than combative.
Cris Arguedas is one of the finest criminal defense lawyers in the country. Host Amy Gunn talks with Cris about representing clients from Hells Angels to Barry Bonds and Fed Ex, and how she proved to all of them that she wasn’t afraid of a fight. Tune in for pro-tips on preparing for cross examination and courtroom stories from Cris Arguedas, “the lawyer other lawyers would hire if they got arrested.”
Former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York and previous ACTL president Bob Fiske has tried many cases in the national spotlight, including the case President Jimmy Carter called “the most important case in the US”, the drug trial of “Mr. Untouchable” Nicky Barnes. Host Dave Paul dives into the background of some of Bob’s most historic cases and reveals key insights on leadership and mentorship that helped define Bob’s legendary success.
Judge Roger Gregory is Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. From his roots in segregated schools, he has risen to the top of the legal profession and is the only person in the history of the United States to be appointed to a federal appellate court by two Presidents of two different political parties. Host Michael Herring leads a wide-ranging discussion with the distinguished Judge which includes candid advice about life, law and conduct in the courtroom that will benefit every attorney.