Cohen Seglias is pleased to announce that partners Paul Thaler and Shan Wu are among the inaugural class of The American Lawyer’s South Trailblazers. Those selected as Trailblazers are attorneys based in the southern region of the United States who have made significant marks on the practice, policy and technological advancements in their practice areas. Attorneys must be barred or based in the region encompassing Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Washington, DC office managing partner Paul Thaler is noted for his innovative research misconduct practice. In his interview with The American Lawyer, he discusses how he came to focus on this area of law, the changes that have come about in research misconduct investigations, and what the future may look like. He remains hopeful that “…we can continue to make improvements to the process and [the] interpretive law governing the process that [will] provide better protection to science as a whole, as well as the stakeholders involved while enabling scientists to continue research that makes all of our lives better.” You can read Paul’s full profile here.
Shan Wu is recognized for his role in pioneering the area of student defense, which he speaks about in the publication’s supplement, describing how he came to realize that the university systems are unique and require a different approach. He also talks about the challenges parents and students face when navigating the education system, observing that, “Too often in the past, parents and students simply passively followed the lead of the schools believing that the same school that sought their admission and made them feel welcome would never take any negative action against them. Sadly, those assumptions were frequently wrong and devastating consequences would follow from blemishes on transcripts, suspension and expulsion.” You can read Shan’s full profile here.