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Author: Luke W Russell

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Welcome to Lawful Good, a show about lawyers and the trials they face inside and outside the courtroom. Our show elicits the beautiful humanity of each guest, which is so much more than the cases they’ve won. We explore everything from their childhoods to their darkest moments to the things that bring them meaning in life. Join our host, Luke W Russell, as you get to know these attorneys in ways you've never experienced before.
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Bunmi Emenanjo is a first-generation Nigerian immigrant who went from waiting tables at Olive Garden to working as legal counsel with the Biden administration. For nearly two decades Bunmi has moved between the legal and biotechnology world, including working on policy surrounding fields like synthetic biotech and nanotechnology.Bunmi's prized achievement is the creation of the Atlas Book Club, a program dedicated to providing children the opportunity to experience other nations and cultures through authentic narratives.  This is the second part of a two-part series. In this episode, Bunmi talks to Luke about how Atlas Book Club blossomed into a full-time company, why physical books are better than audio books, and how books contain magic powers. Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
Bunmi Emenanjo is a first-generation Nigerian immigrant who went from waiting tables at Olive Garden to working as legal counsel with the Biden administration. For nearly two decades Bunmi has moved between the legal and biotechnology world, including working on policy surrounding fields like synthetic biotech and nanotechnology.Bunmi's prized achievement is the creation of the Atlas Book Club, a program dedicated to providing children the opportunity to experience other nations and cultures through authentic narratives.  Bunmi's interview will take place over two episodes. In this episode, Bunmi talks to Luke about what life was like growing up in Nigeria, why she decided to pursue a law degree, and how much she loves that glorious moment when you finally get your food at a restaurant.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E16 | Mark Lanier

S1 E16 | Mark Lanier

2021-09-0801:19:55

Mark Lanier is a man of dedication. He’s dedicated to his family, his church, and his job - in that order. He’s such an intensely passionate person that others sometimes mistake him for a workaholic.Some know Mark for his big verdicts and creative trial strategies. And reasonably so as over the course of his career, Mark has won approximately 20 billion dollars in verdicts.Growing up, Mark moved around a lot, learning how to make new friends and adapt to different places. This instilled a love for traveling, particularly if he can get around by train.In this episode, Mark talks to Luke about how being a B+ lawyer is perfectly okay, why he wouldn’t want to box a kangaroo, and why taking care of one another should be a top priority for everyone.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E15 | LaMonica Orr-Love

S1 E15 | LaMonica Orr-Love

2021-09-0101:27:12

LaMonica has always been a high achiever, from making valedictorian of her primary school to her work as corporate attorney and consultant for Fortune 500 companies. Her success has been hard-earned.LaMonica and her many siblings were raised by her grandmother in one of the poorest areas of Houston, Texas. Her mother began a long struggle with drug addiction early in LaMonica's childhood, and her father was often absent. Despite those circumstances, even as a child LaMonica describes an inner drive to be the best, to check all the boxes. She often directs that energy outward to her community, devoting hundreds of hours of pro bono work drafting wills and estate documents for senior citizens and low-income individuals.In this episode, we’re going to hear about LaMonica’s love for Peloton, the controversy surrounding critical race theory, and why the prospect of a new adventure gets her out of bed every morning.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E14 | John Morgan

S1 E14 | John Morgan

2021-08-2501:13:11

John Morgan is the founder of the largest injury law firm in the nation: Morgan & Morgan.John was born in Kentucky to parents who were often under the influence of alcohol, absent, or both.  As the oldest of five children, John was essentially caretaker of his family and home at a young age.  And though his academic performance was just average, he was a natural-born salesman.But that destiny was forever changed after a family member's traumatic injury at a Disney resort.In recent years, John has leveraged his financial success to organize and bankroll a variety of compassion-centered causes in Florida, including bail reform, medical marijuana, and the $15 minimum wage.In this episode, Luke talks with John about his difficult youth, whether Cuban cigars are all they're cracked up to be, and what he's learned about the balance between mercy and justice. Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E13 | Ben Glass

S1 E13 | Ben Glass

2021-08-1801:14:15

Ben Glass is a practicing attorney and leader in how to market law practices. He aspires to make a meaningful impact in the lives of his clients every day.Ben was born and raised in Annandale, Virginia. He was the oldest of seven children and as a child, he soaked up the family values his parents modeled. It was also in his childhood that he discovered his love of soccer, which has affected how he views his career.Ben is a proud father of nine, five of them biological and four of them adopted. Family is the hallmark of Ben’s life. In fact, his desire to have a life centered around his family is what led him to discover his own methods for growing a practice that serves him, not the other way around.In this episode, we’re going to hear Ben’s passion around each person discovering and leaning into their superpower, whether or not everyone should consider adoption for their family, and why being a lawyer is the best job in the world.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
The Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss, like many of our guests, has too many accomplishments to list. She is best known as a founder of the Complex Litigation Center and the Mass Tort Litigation Committee which laid the framework for the modern mass tort industry.When Sande started law school in the 1970s, she was a single mother of two young children, working two jobs to feed her family. After graduating, she quickly found herself the target of sexual harassment by a judge that threatened to end her career. Overcoming these obstacles, Sande began to distinguish herself with a brilliant analytic mind and genuine compassion for the people in her courtroom.In this episode, we talk to Sande about her grandfather’s labor union organizing, why she almost became an investigative journalist, and her views on sexual harassment in the workplace. Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
The Honorable Sandra Mazer Moss, like many of our guests, has too many accomplishments to list. She is best known as a founder of the Complex Litigation Center and the Mass Tort Litigation Committee which laid the framework for the modern mass tort industry.When Sande started law school in the 1970s, she was a single mother of two young children, working two jobs to feed her family. After graduating, she quickly found herself the target of sexual harassment by a judge that threatened to end her career. Overcoming these obstacles, Sande began to distinguish herself with a brilliant analytic mind and genuine compassion for the people in her courtroom.In this episode, we talk to Sande about her grandfather’s labor union organizing, why she almost became an investigative journalist, and her views on sexual harassment in the workplace. Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E10 | Ben Crump

S1 E10 | Ben Crump

2021-07-2801:15:35

Benjamin Crump is a civil rights attorney who has represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, along with many other notable cases.Ben grew up in Lumberton, NC and was raised by his mother and great grandmother, affectionately known as Ma Mittie. It wasn’t until Ben was nine years old and he was bused over to the white neighborhood’s school that he realized he was poor. It was also at this point that he determined he would become a lawyer. His future was clear when he learned their the school integration resulted from the work done by a lawyer named Thurgood Marshall.When Ben graduated from Florida State University law school, he and a colleague turned down all their prospective job offers to start their own firm serving the black community. In this episode, we’ll hear how Ben’s grandmother said the future of their family rested on his shoulders, how he loves to curl up and read deposition reports with his daughter, and the proper way to eat brownies with ice cream.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E09 | Byron Browne

S1 E09 | Byron Browne

2021-07-2101:07:51

Byron Browne is a fully tattooed family man with an intense personality and appreciation of a good pedicure. Byron grew up in Canada, working at his family restaurant and playing the role of a hockey enforcer for years. After “betting it all on Browne” and spending his life savings on a TV commercial, Byron’s career shot off like a rocket. Known as the anti-lawyer lawyer, Byron’s large physique and tattoos visibly set him apart. His rebellion is not just against the formality of the courtroom, but also the perceived arrogance of lawyers. Despite, or perhaps because of, his unusual style, Byron has never lost a jury trial.In this episode, Byron shares the story behind his most meaningful tattoo, lessons learned from six years of sobriety, and how to properly eat chicken wings. Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E08 | Bibi Fell

S1 E08 | Bibi Fell

2021-07-1401:20:41

Bibianne Fell is a fourth-generation lawyer and mother of three beautiful girls. Her natural sense of determination has driven her to succeed both inside and outside the courtroom.Bibi grew up on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, surfing the coastline during the day and spending evenings around beach bonfires with friends. After graduating law school, she was invited to join a “big" law firm, where she (literally) worked until she dropped. Since then, she has spent her career grounding herself in her father’s early advice: “Always find a way to fight for the little guy.”After starting her first firm just before the stock market crash of 2008, then starting another before the covid-19 pandemic, Bibi claims to have the worst possible timing. But none of these setbacks have dampened her spirit — or her success in the courtroom. The perspective she has built on personal and professional fulfillment has a great deal to teach us all.In this episode, Bibi shares with Luke about finding her own confidence, the lessons she’s learned from profound hardship, and how she almost became the #1 salsa dancer in the world.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E07 | LaRuby May

S1 E07 | LaRuby May

2021-07-0755:50

LaRuby May was raised in the Florida panhandle by parents who had personal experiences with the legacy of American slavery and racism. Their stories, along with her upbringing in nearly all-white academic settings, shaped her perspective on race and privilege.Above all else, LaRuby May's life has been one of service to the underserved.  From her nonprofit work with at-risk teens and young adults, to becoming a council woman in Ward 8 of Washington, DC, LaRuby was representing her community before she ever represented a single client in the courtroom.LaRuby carries on the steadfast Christian faith of her parents, unashamed to share those values with others in the service she believes God has called her to.In this episode, Luke and LaRuby discuss ways of thinking about poverty, why she dropped out of pre-med, and how getting kicked out of a basketball game led to starting her own firm.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
Amy Lawrence-Lovely and Justin Lovely were born in the south and met during law school. Amy’s primary focus is in criminal defense and Justin’s is with personal injury. Together, they bring incredible insights to each other’s cases.This conversation is not about what they’ve done as lawyers. Yes, the fact they overturned a murder charge for an innocent man is amazing and impressive. However, what you’re about to hear is even more than that. Justin and Amy are two people who are committed to doing good in the world and, above all, are each other’s biggest fans.In this episode, we’re going to explore their entrepreneurial beginnings along with moments of financial panic, like when giving birth to their first child resulted in a hospital bill greater than their savings. There’s a lot for us to learn from Amy and Justin in how to stay focused on goals when times are tough. And for anyone wondering if you can be married and run a successful practice as equals, this interview will provide a definitive answer.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E05 | Ken Hardison

S1 E05 | Ken Hardison

2021-06-2351:49

Ken Hardison is a lawyer and entrepreneur who has built and sold multiple law firms. More than once, Ken has put everything on the line. He knows what it’s like to invest into your practice and feel like a failure. He also knows what it’s like to persevere and achieve financial success.These days, Ken spends his time helping lawyers grow their firms through his organization, PILMMA. He has a passion for helping lawyers build profitable and sustainable practices.In this episode, Ken and Luke explore the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial journey. We’ll hear stories like when Ken couldn’t get out of bed to go into the office to discovering a love of karaoke. Join us as Ken shares how he’s cultivated a perspective of gratitude in the face of heartache and loss.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E04 | Sara Williams

S1 E04 | Sara Williams

2021-06-1601:08:12

Sara Williams is a woman who embodies authenticity, boldness, and power.  She grew up as a self-proclaimed Army brat, moving around the world with her family.Her original plan was to be an accountant, but, as you’ve already guessed, she eventually went to law school.After graduating, she tried her first case just two weeks after passing the bar. She quickly discovered her love of being a trial lawyer.In this episode, Sara takes us on her life journey of what it means to lean in to who she is and be unashamedly herself. From stories of people trying to rein in her personality to mentoring others who have been told all their life that they’re “mean,” Sara shares with us her passion for living proudly and boldly and how this fuels her success as a trial attorney.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E03 | Darren Miller

S1 E03 | Darren Miller

2021-06-0801:05:55

Darren Miller’s parents met in England. They were both orphans from separate islands in the Caribbean and had moved to London seeking opportunity. His father was an engineer and his mother a midwife. After seven years in London, they had Darren, which is where he spent his first ten years before emigrating to New York. Darren is extremely proud of his heritage as he seeks to live out the American dream. He draws parallels between his hard work ethic and passion for helping others with the superheroes from his childhood comic books.In this episode, Luke and Darren take a journey through the ups and downs of his life and his career, from facing difficulties from assimilation to getting fired from multiple jobs. As we listen in to this conversation, Darren’s dedication to making an impact on the world gives us a perspective on how lawyers are an important foundation to our society.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E02 | Anne Andrews

S1 E02 | Anne Andrews

2021-06-0856:49

Anne Andrews is a luminary in the world of mass torts. She has gone up against Vioxx, Perdue, and other major pharmaceutical companies. She is currently representing 10,000 clients in a bitter legal fight with the Boy Scouts of America over accusations of sexual assault by troop leaders.Anne remains one of the few women to found her own prominent law firm. She has never stopped fighting to make the legal profession equitable for women — especially mothers. Over the years, her indomitable spirit and outspoken manner often put her at odds with establishment norms.In this episode, Luke and Anne draw connections between her personal story and professional successes, from the gunshot that set her career in motion to making room for mothers in a heavily male-dominated profession. If we listen closely, Anne's compassion for her clients and passion for the art of law will remind us just how much good lawyers can do in this world. Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
S1 E01 | Mike Papantonio

S1 E01 | Mike Papantonio

2021-06-0801:02:22

Many people know Mike Papantonio for his leadership and creative litigation strategies in mass torts. But…that’s only a tiny sliver of makes Mike Mike. He’s a proud father, jazz musician, pilot, oil painter, scuba diver, snowboarder, racquetball player, and powerful advocate for people who have been wronged by corporations. He’s also just your regular guy who orders Whataburger for lunch and makes himself a peanut butter sandwich for dinner. In this episode, Luke and Pap explore complex life questions like, “how do you ensure you don’t get too comfortable,” “what do you want to be remembered for,” and “what would you say to someone who looks at you and feels small in comparison”? As we listen in, we can hear Mike’s passion for living a life well-lived.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
Season One Trailer

Season One Trailer

2021-05-1305:12

What do the lives of people who get their Juris doctorate look like? Who are they, and what are they doing? Join us for 2021’s new show, Lawful Good. It’s a show about lawyers and the trials they face inside and outside the courtroom.Law Firm SEO by Jason HennesseyGet it on AmazonDownload on Audible
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