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Each issue of Coverage Opinions features an interview with a leading figure in the risk or legal field. Coverage Opinions has interviewed some of the most celebrated lawyers and risk professionals in the country. The interviews are featured as part of profiles of these individuals that discuss their careers, accomplishments and things that make them unique.

Here are a few examples:

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With John Grisham
I had the thrill of interviewing John Grisham about his latest thriller – The Guardians. A burned out public defender travels the country seeking to get the wrongly convicted exonerated. Over breakfast he shared with me how he tells a fictional account of a real life problem.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Vernon Jordan
In the 1970s, as president of the National Urban League, Vernon Jordan worked to open corporate board rooms to African Americans. I visited Jordan, at his office at Akin, Gump in the nation's capital, to learn about his career fighting for civil rights. Sometimes called the most connected person in America, Jordan also made me laugh. He shared how you know that you are a rainmaker and an observation about his close connection to President Clinton.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Haben Girma
Harvard Law School's Only Deaf And Blind Graduate

Early in her time at Harvard Law, Haben Girma was called on in class. She answered the question. Then everyone turned around and stared at her in bewilderment, wondering "how did she know?" Haben's classmates were baffled because she is both deaf and blind. I had the thrill of speaking to Haben about her incredible achievement, new book, and what she's doing these days with her Harvard Law sheepskin. And she gave me the secret to how she knew that answer.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Kevin Mitnick – World's Most Famous Hacker
First Appeared As "The Weekend Interview" In The Wall Street Journal

Kevin Mitnick is the world's most famous hacker. He spent six years in federal prison for various hacking crimes. He now works as a "white hat," a hacker who is paid to break into companies' systems to find vulnerabilities that the real bad guys could exploit. Mitnick shared with me his thoughts on the recent surge in ransomware attacks, election hacking and how to stay safe online. Oh, and he hacked a computer in front of my eyes!

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Fred Gray – Lawyer For Rosa Parks and MLK, Jr.
Fred Gray represented Rosa Parks in her 1955 trial for her legendary act of defiance. He also represented Martin Luther King, Jr. on several occasions. In addition to desegregating the Montgomery, Alabama buses, Fred Gray secured for African Americans the right to vote and serve on juries, as well as worked to desegregate other aspects of society. Fred Gray's 65 year career as a civil rights lawyer -- making history -- is remarkable. He was kind enough to share some of it with me

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With U.S. Senator Doug Jones
Doug Jones was elected to the United States Senate in 2017. Before that, Alabama's junior Senator was a trial lawyer. In 2001 and 2002, as a U.S. Attorney, he successfully prosecuted two of the Klansman responsible for the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four African-American girls. The prosecution, 40 years in the making, is the subject of Jones's new book. I talked to the Senator about the case that has been a part of his life since law school.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Preet Bharara
In 2017, Preet Bharara was fired by President Donald Trump, under curious circumstance, as the United States Attorney for the Southern District on New York. Bharara was in Philadelphia recently to promote his New York Times best-selling book. I sat down with him in the shadow of Independence Hall. Over the course of nearly an hour, the one-time most powerful prosecutor in America covered a lot of ground, including his time on the job, the "Trump effect" and how not to get hired at the SDNY.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Leon Panetta
Leon Panetta has served as a member of the House, Chief of Staff to a President, Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense. But it all started with a law degree. I spoke to Secretary Panetta about his remarkable career and time as a lawyer. Oh, and, by the way, would the nation's former top spy tell me if there are aliens at Area 51?

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Anthony Scaramucci
Anthony Scaramucci is best-known for the eleven days he spent as White House director of communications for President Donald Trump. But I'm not sitting with the man known as "the Mooch" to talk about his time in D.C. or the President for whom he worked. He went from a hardscrabble background to founding a hedge fund company with just under $10 Billion in assets under management. "My father had a shovel in his hand," Scaramucci tells me. "I'm going to Harvard Law School. That's the American dream." This is the story I've come to hear.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With The Honorable Jack Weinstein
At age 97, Judge Jack Weinstein has been serving on the Eastern District of New York for nearly 52 years. Before that he was RBG's evidence professor in law school and his name appears on the NAACP's brief in Brown v. Board of Education. Weinstein's work as a judge and scholar is well known. I traveled to Brooklyn for a different purpose -- find out what makes him tick. "Should I lie down on my couch?," the legendary jurist asked me.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Fred Fielding
Fred Fielding served as White House counsel to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. He served as deputy counsel to John Dean, Nixon's White House counsel during Watergate. Fielding was a leading candidate to be "Deep Throat." In the aftermath of the Reagan assassination attempt, it was Fielding who would tell Alexander Haig – no, you're not in charge. I spent an hour with the man called the quintessential Washington insider-lawyer.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Michael Chertoff
Michael Chertoff served as the nation's second Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He also clerked for Brennan, was a Big Law partner, prosecuted mobsters, played a role in the drafting of the Patriot Act and was a Third Circuit Judge. I visited the former Bush 43 Cabinet member at the D.C. office of his cyber security firm to hear about history from a man who made it -- as well as discuss his new book, which looks at data, privacy and cyber issues from a very unique perspective..

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Tom Mesereau
Tom Mesereau successfully defended Michael Jackson against sexual molestation in 2005. Mesereau was less successful in his recent representation of Bill Cosby against sexual assault. On the eve of the King of Pop's 60th birthday, I spoke to Mesereau about his remarkable career, which he attributes to being an unconventional lawyer and what he doesn't see when he looks at the man in the mirror.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd
Chris Dodd spent 30 years in the United States Senate, influenced by his father’s role as the second-ranking prosecutor at the Nuremberg trial. His decision to quit the Senate came in Hollywood fashion. And not long after he began a seven-year stint as Chairman/CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America. Dodd is now back at a law firm for the first time in 40 years. I spent an hour with the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act’s namesake. It could have been called something else he told me.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Dan Abrams
I visited ABC News and Good Morning America legal analyst Dan Abrams at his Midtown Manhattan office. On the agenda – his out-this-week book on Abraham Lincoln as a lawyer (with a backstory that can give you chills), two programs on A&E and effort to make the new Court TV. It is no wonder that he’s finishing up a cup of soup as I settle in. Abrams has a great sense of humor – he let out a long laugh at the Nancy Grace joke I wrote for him

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Judge Robert Braithwaite
Summer is upon us. Many will be headed to Zion, Bryce and Utah’s other spectacular national parks. I spoke to U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Braithwaite about his unique job, traveling the state, to hear the cases of alleged law-breakers on these sacred federal lands. I had to ask the obvious question – What’s the sentence for Yogi Bear for stealing a picnic basket in Jellystone National Park?

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Michael Rubinoff –
Producer of Broadway Smash “Come From Away”

Michael Rubinoff came up with the idea for a musical surrounding the September 11th terrorist attacks. Many thought he was unhinged. But nobody does now. His outlandish idea became the smash hit Broadway musical “Come From Away.” Here’s something else peculiar about the show. The idea came to Rubinoff while he was practicing law in Toronto. I spoke to the lawyer turned “Come From Away” producer about how this all happened.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With George Pataki
I visited George Pataki, the former three-term Republican governor of New York, at his law office in Midtown Manhattan to ask him about a quarter century in politics and nearly a half century as a lawyer. An hour later I left sure of one thing. Despite the importance of his two careers, he is defined by neither. Pataki had a great sense of humor. It was on display when I asked him if he knew how to use the office photo copier.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Bob Woodruff
Bob Woodruff spent four years practicing law before the desire to pursue a journalism career became too strong. He left BigLaw and took a 90% pay cut to start at the bottom of the broadcast journalism rung. He made it to the top – the anchor chair of ABC’s World News Tonight. Then he was nearly killed by an explosion while covering the war in Iraq. I visited Woodruff in his New York office, at ABC News headquarters, to talk about it all, especially his three decades old legal career. He didn’t think he’d have much to say about that. But I told him not so fast.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Jeh Johnson
Jeh Johnson, long-time Paul Weiss attorney, and former Secretary of Homeland Security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career in private practice and public service. No, Secretary of Homeland Security is not the most thankless job in America he told me. Is a cyber 9/11 coming? He thinks it may already have. What’s it like to give the order to kill someone? Few can describe that. Johnson can. And yes, the man responsible for TSA took off his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Rogers Stevens
In 1993 Rogers Stevens appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone as the guitarist for then mega-band Blind Melon. Their first album went quadruple-platinum and the band was nominated for two Grammys. These days Stevens is a fourth year associate in the Philadelphia office of Ballard Spahr. What a long strange trip it’s been. Sitting in a bar in a Philadelphia hotel, Rogers Stevens provided a travelogue.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Ben Brafman
New York magazine named Ben Brafman “Best Criminal Lawyer in New York.” For 40 plus years the lawyer who often refers to himself as a short Jewish guy has been triumphing in cases that looked like Hail Marys. When the most powerful people in the city that never sleeps get in trouble they turn to Ben Brafman. I had the privilege of spending an hour with its king of the hill, top of the heap criminal defense attorney. He explained to me why he has one of the hardest jobs in America.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Floyd Abrams
Floyd Abrams is the nation’s foremost First Amendment lawyer. I had the privilege of speaking with him about his new book, winning Citizens United, what the Founding Fathers would have said about flag burning and his First Amendment crystal ball. And he was a good sport when I asked him perhaps the strangest First Amendment question of all time..

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Scott Turow
Forty years ago “One L” made Scott Turow the most famous law student in history. Thirty years ago Turow created the modern legal thriller with “Presumed Innocent.” Turow’s just-released “Testimony” speaks volumes about his talents. I spoke to Scott Turow about his new novel, Professor Perini and what does he do when he sees someone reading one of his books.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Gloria Allred
Gloria Allred is one of the best-known lawyers in America. But her countless high-profile cases, often with a celebrity component, have overshadowed some of her lesser-known, including ground-breaking work. That much about such a well-known lawyer is unknown by many is the paradox of Gloria Allred. I spoke with the celebrity lawyer about her 40+ year career. There was one thing that was never uttered.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Robert Morgenthau
Robert Morgenthau spent 35 years as Manhattan’s D.A. He’ll turn 98 this summer. But the man who served as the basis for the D.A. in Law & Order is still at it – working five days a week. He was kind enough to let me visit him at his office at Wachtell Lipton. He shared with me the greatest story I’ve ever heard.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Karen Korematsu
February 19th is the 75th anniversary of FDR's signing of Executive Order 9066, which created the Japanese internment camps during WWII. This led to the landmark 1944 Supreme Court case of Fred Korematsu v. United States, finding the executive order not unconstitutional. I had the privilege of discussing the life of civil rights legend Fred Korematsu with his daughter.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Trent Lott
Trent Lott practiced law for less than a year. But in his three and a half decades in Congress the historic Whip practiced the art of persuasion -- and in ways that lawyers can only dream. The former Senate Majority Leader turned lobbyist talked to me about persuasion, government gridlock and what lies ahead in the new administration. And does he have to take off his shoes at the Trent Lott International Airport?

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Philip Hirschkop
Philip Hirschkop was just one month out of Georgetown when he signed on to represent Richard and Mildred Loving, seeking to invalidate a Virginia statute that criminalized their inter-racial marriage. Three years later Hirschkop argued and won the case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Loving v. Virginia is now the subject of a major motion picture. Hirschkop’s career went on for 50 years and is astounding. I had the privilege of interviewing him about it.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Marcia Clark
Marcia Clark was kind enough to speak to me about spending the last decade as a criminal defense attorney, her fiction writing, and, of course, that trial she handled. Ironically, the most serious part of our discussion comes when I ask her what it was like being on the cover of MAD magazine.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Amy Chua (The “Tiger Mom”)
Amy Chua is widely known as the “Tiger Mom” -- a title she earned after her strict Chinese parenting methods were described in her New York Times bestseller – Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. The book was the subject of a Time magazine cover story and Chua was named one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Chua is also a professor at Yale Law School. She was kind enough to let me ask her if the Tiger Mom is the Tiger Law Professor?

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Mark Lanier
For Mark Lanier, $100 million+ verdicts no longer shock anyone. He even had one for $9 billion not long ago. He’s gone hunting with Scalia, played himself in a movie, gave John Grisham a story idea and had Bon Jovi and Sting perform at the firm Xmas party. But on Sundays it’s another story for the lawyer who could pass for a law student: he goes to church, where he is a teacher and sometimes pastor.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Arthur Miller
Judges in need of civil procedure help have gone to Arthur Miller’s treatise, Wright & Miller, nearly 80,000 times. And he’s also taught millions of Americans about the law as the two-decade legal editor for Good Morning America.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr.
Thirty years after representing Oliver North in the Iran-Contra hearings, the “Best Counsel Available” in Washington and D.C.’s “Toughest Lawyer” is still sitting next to clients in the government cross-hairs.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Rev. Robert Hagan (Father Rob)
Lawyer Turned Chaplain For Villanova’s Men’s Basketball Team

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Carter Phillips
The Supreme Court’s Frequent Trier: Carter Phillips has argued a breathtaking 83 times before the U.S. Supreme Court – the most of any lawyer in private practice.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Bert Fields
The Most Prominent Entertainment Lawyer Of All-Time

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Raoul Felder
The Most Famous Divorce Lawyer In America

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Cyril Wecht, M.D., J.D.
Mouthpiece For The Deceased: Renowned Forensic Pathologist Dr./Lawyer Cyril Wecht has spent sixty years figuring out how people – including many famous ones – died.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With John Grisham
The Southern Lawyer And Grit; Grisham’s New Novel; You Must Be Stupid, Stupid, Stupid; The Criminal Justice System; A Short, Nerdy, Bow-Tie Wearing Insurance Lawyer As A John Grisham Character

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Former United States Senator Jon Kyl
From Insurance Defense Lawyer To Time Magazine’s List Of The 100 Most Influential People In The World; Telling A Senate Whip A Political Joke

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Alberto Gonzales
Very few lawyers have held as many significant top positions as Alberto Gonzales. The former Attorney General was kind enough to speak with me about taking on so many challenges.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Brad Meltzer
New York Times #1 best-selling author Brad Meltzer has long been giving readers heavily researched fictional thrillers that transport them into worlds they couldn't go otherwise -- the Supreme Court, the White House, the Capitol and more. Meltzer has also thrilled many television viewers with shows that seek to solve historical mysteries, uncover conspiracies and find artifacts from the nation's past that have gone missing. I had the chance to speak to the man I dubbed "history's yenta."

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Nelson DeMille
Nelson DeMille, whose thrillers take up residency on The New York Times Best Sellers list, talked to me about his new take on an old insurance story.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
Lawyer For The Water; John Q. Public v. John Q. Public Company; Kennedy’s Secret Ingredient; The Lone Gunman

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Frank Shorter – Olympic Gold Medalist And Lawyer
Running From The Law; The Amateur Trust Fund; From The Guns In Munich To The Bombs In Boston; The Fight Against Drugs In Sports; The Covers Of Life And Sports Illustrated; Creator Of The Running Boom; Breaking The Two Hour Marathon

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Former Judge Robert S. Smith
udge Robert Smith retired from the New York Court of Appeals at the end of 2014. The next day he joined New York City's Friedman, Kaplan, Seiler & Adelman. Judge Smith was kind enough to speak to me about his career, the Court, his time on the bench, insurance cases, what lies ahead and whether he played any pranks on his last day.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell
George Mitchell’s Secret; Senator And Backseat Driver; Saying No To The U.S. Supreme Court; The Partisan Divide; The State Of The Union; The Secret Of George Mitchell’s Success; The Bespoke Joke

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Oscar Goodman
Only in America – and perhaps only in Las Vegas – could one of the greatest mob lawyers ever switch careers and become the mayor of a major city. Oh, and his wife is now the mayor. For Oscar Goodman, it has been a life very well lived.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Stanley Feldman, Former Chief Justice, Arizona Supreme Court
Stanley Feldman, the former Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, is often labeled a liberal. But to sum up a Supreme Court Justice’s two-decade career in one word is simply not fair.

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Jay Bilas – Duke Hoops Star, Lawyer and ESPN Broadcaster
Defining Toughness; From Viral Article To Book; Getting Your Head Blown Up; Going One-On-One With The Fourth Circuit; Paying Student Athletes; On-Hold Music

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Leigh Steinberg – The Greatest Sports Agent In History
The Real Jerry Maguire; The Real Forrest Gump; Sports Agent By Accident; The Leigh Steinberg Way; Being Star-Struck Just Once; Who Really Said “Show Me The Money!”

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Laurence Tribe
His New Book; The Next Supreme Court Justice; Justice Obama?; The Handicapper; Boehner vs. Obama; Getting Into Tribe’s Head; A Constitutional Right To A Hibiscus Bush

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Roy Black
His Legendary Career And Obsession; Fantastic Blog; Having A Crystal Ball; Searching For Sugar Man; Repping Justin Bieber

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Dick Thornburgh, Former United States Attorney General
A Distinguished Career; Who Killed JFK?; Major League Baseball Dropped The Ball; Pete Rose And The Hall Of Fame;
The Giant Spoon; Legalizing Marijuana; Three Mile Island; Term Limits; What I Did For Summer Vacation

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Ralph Nader
His New Tort Museum; Views On Insurance; Telling Ralph Nader My Global Warming Joke

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Alan Dershowitz
How He Chooses His Cases; What Are Some Pitfalls Of Being A Celebrity Lawyer; Whether He’d Like To Try Stand-Up Comedy; What He Thinks Of Insurance Companies; The Craziest Constitutional Law Question Ever Asked

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Mark Geragos
His New Book; Celebrity Clients; Using The Media; Suing Insurance Companies; Giving Him Fashion Advice

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Joe Jamail
Turning One Beer Into $14 Billion; Saying The Unprintable; Doing The Wave; Where Do You Sit When The Football Stadium Is Named For You?

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Robert Shapiro
Driving With An A-List Celebrity Lawyer; The Trial Of The Century; L.A. Traffic; LegalZoom Live; Predicting The Oscar Pistorius Verdict

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Judge Richard Posner
(pdf download)
His New Book, Thoughts On Coverage, How To Fix Law School; Debating Justice Scalia

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Justice Don Willett Of The Supreme Court Of Texas
Supreme Court At Age 39; No. 1 Judge On Twitter; A Glimpse At The Future Of The Judiciary; Thrown In The Deep-End; Austin Funkiness; The Most Important Liability Insurance Coverage Judge In America

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Justice Alan Page (pdf download)
Professional Football Hall Of Famer, Supreme Court Justice, Humanitarian; Author Of A Must-Read Children’s Book; The Craziest Finger You’ve Ever Seen

Declarations: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Maurice R. (“Hank”) Greenberg (pdf download)

 
 
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