killing an abortion doctor, on federal charges.
Power Play: In 2002, Battle prosecuted the “Lackawanna Six,” alleged members of a terrorist sleeper cell who were trained in an Afghanistan camp connected to Al Qaeda. All pleaded guilty and were offered sentences of between seven and 10 years.
Jeffrey G. Collins
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan
Career Highlights: Collins earned his J.D. from Howard University. This past summer, his office obtained the first jury conviction of a terrorism case in the nation, while concurrently building bridges of trust through monthly meetings with leaders in the Arab American community and aggressively enforcing hate crimes.
Power Play: One of his civil rights cases resulted in an agreement with the Detroit Police Department called the Consent Decree, which changes the policy on how detained witnesses are handled.
Peter C. Harvey
New Jersey Acting Attorney General
Career Highlights: Appointed as acting attorney general in 2003, Harvey previously served as first assistant attorney general and director of the Division of Criminal Justice. The Columbia Law graduate is currently charged with reforming state police, controlling gang violence, and prosecuting domestic violence cases.
Power Play: Harvey successfully prosecuted two executive directors of Windsor Schools who embezzled $3.6 million from school districts by awarding “no-show” high-paying jobs to family and friends.
Roscoe C. Howard Jr.
U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia
Career Highlights: Howard, a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, was chosen to become the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia in May 2001. He is in charge of 350 lawyers with jurisdiction over both local and federal crimes, including one of the D.C.-area sniper cases.
Power Play: Howard’s office successfully prosecuted Cuban spy Anna Montes, who pleaded guilty and received a 25-year sentence. Current cases include anthrax investigations and the Washington Teachers Union pension fund scandal.
Donald W. Washington
U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana
Career Highlights: Washington, an attorne
y general since 2001, has previous experience in private practice at the Louisiana law firm Jeansonne & Remondet and in corporate counsel at Conoco Inc. A former commissioned officer in the Army, he received a J.D. from South Texas College of Law.
Power Play: Washington’s office recently settled a $49 million suit against Shell Oil Co. alleging that the oil giant failed to report large amounts of natural gas that it vented and flared from seven of its facilities in the Gulf of Mexico without authorization from federal regulators.
SHARON R. BARNER
Foley & Lardner
Truly ingenious companies rely on creative breakthroughs, hard work, and someone to protect and defend these innovations. That’s when intellectual property lawyers such as Sharon R. Barner become indispensable.
With more than 21 years of experience in trial, client counseling, and intellectual property dispute resolution, Barner scored big by aggressively defending a half-billion-dollar suit against her client, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, in a genetically engineered corn seed infringement litigation. After a hung jury, Barner settled out of court for an amicable work agreement. The 46-year-old lawyer takes credit for convincing judges to allow jurors to raise