A member of Opus Dei among us

A member of Opus Dei among us

"every son/daughter arrives with a loaf of bread under his/her arm."

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet é member of Opus Dei.

Opus Dei, formally known as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, is an institution of the Catholic Church which teaches that everyone is called to holiness and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity.

Opus Dei was founded in Spain in 1928 by Catholic priest Josemaría Escrivá and was given final Catholic Church approval in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. John Paul II made it a personal prelature in 1982 by the apostolic constitution Ut sit; that is, the jurisdiction of its bishop covers the persons in Opus Dei wherever they are, rather than geographical dioceses. While Opus Dei has met controversies, popes, cardinals, and many Catholic leaders strongly support its work and teachings.

The order has just a few hundred brothers in Australia, although not much about their careful personalities. The organization landed in Australia in 1963.

According to Josemaría Escrivá, “every son/daughter arrives with a loaf of bread under his/her arm.”

Perrottet and Opus Dei believe that the family is the foundation, the center, of our civilization. He just announced wife is pregnant with the couple’s seventh child. 

The couple is planning to have at least ten kids.

Has anybody here seen our old friend Graham?

Has anybody here seen our old friend Graham?

By Freddy de Freitas

Lindsey Graham was known as “The Greatest Man In Washington” for one good reason. He used to be a decent man.

I have been reading with deep sadness the story about his relationship with Donald Trump. Deep sadness because I know him. He was polite, professional, and charming. Graham was genuinely concerned, courteous, and professional; I cannot say enough good about him. But I can say this, and I don’t know him anymore as he acts like a dumb kid or is trying to be hurtful. As Graham acts in a negative or harmful way. I am sure he did not learn to act that way from his parents. He has learned it from Trump. In my opinion, before Trump’s influence, Graham was a good and decent man who does not have a racist bone in his body.

Lindsey Graham was known as "The Greatest Man In Washington" for one good reason. He used to be a decent man. I  have been reading with deep sadness the story about his relationship with Donald Trump.

Before Trump’s influence, Graham was one of those mensches from a bygone era who is almost hard to imagine now. In the past, Graham earned the lasting affection of everyone, including Democrats, because of his lifelong progressive politics and early support for single-payer health care, immigration, human rights, etc.

Believe it or not, there used to be an American strain of decency, even sober virtue, running through Graham’s vein.

Once, Graham was described as ‘one of our country’s most respected politicians for more than half a century.’

Before Trump, We were living in Graham’s world, and we loved it. Such a kind, decent man- really the epitome of a mensch. Washington is a lesser place without the old Graham in it…'”

“Anybody here seen our old friend Graham? Can you tell me where he’s gone? I thought I saw him walkin’ up over the hill, With Abraham, Martin, and John.”

Six Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys Named To Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers And Rising Stars Lists

Six Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys Named To Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers And Rising Stars Lists

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The 2020 edition of Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers magazine recently named six Barnes & Thornburg attorneys to its annual Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists.

The Washington, D.C., attorneys who made this year’s Super Lawyers list, including their primary practice areas as identified by Super Lawyers, are:

  • Michelle N. Bradford – Criminal Defense: White Collar; Health Care; Civil Litigation: Defense, Securities Litigation
  • Scott N. Godes – Insurance Coverage; Government Contracts
  • Roscoe C. Howard, Jr. – Criminal Defense: White Collar; General Litigation; Criminal Defense
  • William R. (Billy) Martin – Criminal Defense: White Collar; Criminal Defense; Business Litigation
  • James E. Van Horn – Bankruptcy: Business

Selected for the Rising Stars list is:

  • Nicholas A. Galbraith – International

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Atlanta, California, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Texas and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit us online at www.btlaw.com or on Twitter @BTLawNews.

Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys Named To ‘Best Lawyers In Dallas’ List By D Magazine

Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys Named To ‘Best Lawyers In Dallas’ List By D Magazine

DALLAS – D Magazine, a major Dallas publication, has named Barnes & Thornburg attorneys Victor Vital and Reid Johnson to its 2020 “Best Lawyers in Dallas” list.

Victor Vital, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department, was recognized in the area of Business and Commercial Litigation, while Reid Johnson, an associate in the Corporate Department, was chosen for his work in Corporate Law: Private Equity. 

D Magazine’s 2020 edition highlighted 714 attorneys encompassing 40 legal categories, as selected by fellow members of the Texas bar and the publication’s editors.  

In more than two decades of practice, Vital is a top trial lawyer who has tried over 100 cases in matters ranging from contract disputes and business tort cases, to patent litigation, unfair competition and consumer fraud, to name just a few. His experience and ability to quickly grasp complex subjects have made him a go-to attorney for high-stakes trial cases. 

Johnson advises clients on transactions at virtually every stage of development, be it fund formation, equity and debt financing, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, reorganizations, or recapitalizations. His experience cuts across a variety of industries, including private equity, oil and gas, healthcare, finance, marketing, real estate, and manufacturing. 

With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Atlanta, California, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Texas and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit us online at www.btlaw.com or on Twitter @BTLawNews.

Sierra Club Lawsuit Challenges Construction of Permian Highway Fracked Gas Pipeline

Sierra Club Lawsuit Challenges Construction of Permian Highway Fracked Gas Pipeline

Austin, TX — The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for permitting the ongoing construction of the 428-mile Permian Highway fracked gas pipeline, despite a federal court order vacating the nationwide permit on which the pipeline’s 449 water crossings are based, and for not performing the environmental review required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 

The Permian Highway Pipeline would carry fracked gas across Texas from the Permian Basin, through the Texas Hill Country, to an end point in Colorado County. The Army Corps issued an approval for the pipeline using a fast-tracked process called Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP12). This nationwide permit was vacated by a federal judge earlier this month, leaving the pipeline without valid verifications for dredge and fill activities. The Sierra Club’s lawsuit, filed today in the U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, argues that the Army Corps is violating the law by allowing the construction in rivers and streams to continue. In addition to the vacatur of NWP12, the suit argues that the Corps also failed to comply with NEPA when it approved the project. 

Despite not having all of the necessary permits, Permian Highway Pipeline LLC  has already begun construction on Permian Highway. Earlier this month, the company spilled drilling fluid into local water wells during construction, contaminating local residents’ drinking water. In response to the spill, Hays County revoked permits for the pipeline.

“As someone who has property and lives downstream on one of the major rivers crossed by the route of PHP, I am concerned about the potential negative impacts from both construction and operation of a high volume, high pressure fracked gas transportation pipeline. The clear water rivers, springs and aquifers are irreplaceable assets of the Hill Country prized by residents and all Texans,” said Hill Country resident John Watson. “The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, by using the Nationwide Permit 12 process to allow crossing our rivers and streams, deprived the impacted people to even have a voice. Opposition to this route, not attempted by any other pipeline coming out of the Permian Basin, is widespread. It is time for those voices and concerns to get a fair hearing.”

“If completed, the Permian Highway Pipeline could devastate communities, clean water, and wildlife along the route, and the Army Corps can’t just ignore these impacts,” said Sierra Club Senior Campaign Representative Roddy Hughes. “The fact that there’s already been a spill into the local water supply in the early stages of construction makes it more obvious than ever that the Corps must not allow the continuing construction of this dirty fracked gas pipeline without  analysis of its environmental impacts and full local public participation in the permitting process.” 

“It is outrageous that the Corps approved this project without public notice or opportunity to comment on their permits,” said Sierra Club attorney Rebecca McCreary.  “Nationwide Permit 12 allows for no public hearings or participation by the local communities before the Corps permits construction to start, nor is there public notice or comment on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permits allowing harm to the endangered species along the route. The Corps should stop this project immediately.” 

Sierra Club is represented by the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program and local counsel Mary Whittle and Mark Guerrero of Guerrero & Whittle, PLLC

Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys, Practice Groups Recognized In Chambers USA 2020 Rankings

Barnes & Thornburg Attorneys, Practice Groups Recognized In Chambers USA 2020 Rankings

INDIANAPOLIS – Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers in Business has recognized 47 Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorneys and 21 practice areas in its 2020 edition. The firm’s product liability and mass torts practice received a nationwide ranking. 

Barnes & Thornburg’s Chambers rankings and client commentary about individuals and practices can be viewed on the Chambers website. The directory, a publication produced annually by London-based Chambers & Partners, gave high ratings to the following Barnes & Thornburg practices in: 

  • Corporate/M&A (Indiana)
  • Environment (Illinois, Indiana)
  • Healthcare (Illinois)
  • Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Policyholder (Illinois)
  • Intellectual Property (Illinois, Indiana)
  • Labor & Employment (Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan)
  • Litigation: General Commercial (Indiana)
  • Product Liability & Mass Torts (Nationwide)
  • Real Estate (Indiana)

Barnes & Thornburg’s recognized and ranked attorneys are: 

California

Carolyn Hunt (Media & Entertainment: Transactional)
L. Rachel Lerman (Litigation: Appellate)
Scott J. Witlin (Labor & Employment)

Georgia

Sarah J. Hawk (Immigration)
John T.L. Koenig (Labor & Employment)
Stephen A. Opler (Corporate/M&A)

Illinois

Fredric P. Andes (Environment: Mainly Transactional)
Adam K. Hollander (Insurance: Dispute Resolution)
Joseph F. Madonia (Environment: Litigation)
David B. Ritter (Labor & Employment)
Mark E. Rust (Healthcare)
Clifford J. Shapiro (Construction)
Robert M. Weiss (Technology & Outsourcing)
Bruce White (Environment: Litigation)

Indiana

Kathleen M. Anderson (Labor & Employment)
Joseph D. Calderon (Real Estate)
Andrew J. Detherage (Litigation: General Commercial)
Joseph G. Eaton (Litigation: General Commercial)
David R. Gillay (Environment)
E. Sean Griggs (Environment)
Curt W. Hidde (Corporate/M&A)
Joshua P. Hollingsworth (Corporate/M&A)
Dennis A. Johnson (Real Estate)
John M. Kyle, III (Environment)
Larry A. Mackey (Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations)
John R. Maley (Litigation: General Commercial; Labor & Employment)
Peter A. Morse, Jr. (Labor & Employment)
Peter J. Rusthoven (Litigation: Appellate)
Michael T. Scanlon (Environment)
Anthony C. Sullivan (Environment)
T. Joseph Wendt (Litigation: General Commercial)
Keith E. White (Labor & Employment)
Donald E. Williams (Real Estate)
Kenneth J. Yerkes (Labor & Employment)

Michigan

Keith J. Brodie (Labor & Employment)
Michael G. Campbell (Banking & Finance)
Donald P. Lawless (Labor & Employment)
Robert W. Sikkel (Labor & Employment)
Amy J. Zdravecky (Labor & Employment)

Minnesota

Steven R. Katz (Real Estate)

New York

Lawrence Gerschwer (Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations)

Ohio

William A. Nolan (Labor & Employment)

Texas

Randy Gordon (Antitrust)

Washington, D.C.

Scott N. Godes (Insurance: Policyholder) 
James E. Van Horn (Bankruptcy/Restructuring)

Utah

Ryan L. Marshall (Intellectual Property)

Nationwide

James F. Murdica (Product Liability & Mass Torts)

With more than 600 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the country. The firm serves clients worldwide from offices in Atlanta, California, Chicago, Delaware, Indiana, Michigan, Minneapolis, Ohio, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Texas and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit us online at www.btlaw.com or on Twitter @BTLawNews.