January 3, 2012
FNMA (“Fannie Mae”) and FHLMC (“Freddie Mac”) were defended this summer by Georgia small firm Shapiro & Swertfeger, LLP. See the trial court Motion to Dismiss on WestlawNext, and follow the case through Appellate court.
In a highly critiqued judicial process, attorneys J. Baez and J. Cheney Mason defended Casey Marie Anthony, in a case so publicized that a temporary Administrative Order (available on WestlawNext, as well as other case documents) was needed to ensure a fair trial with media presence.
Additionally, several small firms represented individuals and organizations in various immigration and same-sex marriage cases throughout the country, raising questions about the legal boundaries in many states.
Congratulations to independent attorneys who had a big impact in 2011, with effects that extend beyond their immediate jurisdictions.