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National publication names AG Lori Swanson a top lawyer of 2009

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is swimming in a celebrated legal pool this week, having been named one of 10 Lawyers of the Year by the Lawyers USA publication.
Sonia Sotomayor, the new U.S.

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is swimming in a celebrated legal pool this week, having been named one of 10 Lawyers of the Year by the Lawyers USA publication.

Sonia Sotomayor, the new U.S. Supreme Court Justice, is also on the list.

Says the publication about Swanson:

She toppled the dominant player in debt arbitration in the country and changed the face of consumer credit card arbitration overnight.

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The Lawyers USA list and explanations:

  • Jeffrey Fisher: won three groundbreaking Supreme Court cases on the subject that will be cited for generations.
  • Angela Ford: got federal convictions of two high-profile lawyers who had attempted to pocket most of a $200 million diet drug settlement.
  • David C. Frederick: won two cases showing federal law pre-empts neither state law claims against drug makers nor claims alleging deceptive cigarette labeling by tobacco companies.
  • Dennis W. Johnson: the winning lawyer in the case that made Iowa the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriage. He was a commercial litigator who had never worked on a major constitutional law case in his 34-year career.
  • Robert W. Kelley: won $300 million tobacco verdict for Cindy Naugle, a 61-year-old suffering from severe emphysema.
  • Steven C. Krane: headed a team representing the ABA in its effort to block the Federal Trade Commission from applying its “red flags rule” to lawyers.
  • Randy Nassau: won the largest verdict of its kind in the history of New York’s Westchester County, a $77.4 million award to the parents of 3-year-old Diego Baizan.
  • Sonia Sotomayor: the first Latina justice on the high court.
  • Lori Swanson: filed a consumer fraud suit against the National Arbitration Forum in July, alleging that the firm worked closely with creditors and debt collectors behind the scenes, against the interests of consumers while claiming to be a neutral forum.
  • Sean Tracey: won the first Paxil birth-defect case.