60 episodes

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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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.

    S3 E13 | Nathan Bruemmer

    S3 E13 | Nathan Bruemmer

    Nathan Bruemmer is a Florida native who grew up the adopted child of older parents. 

    He was assigned the female gender at birth, but as he headed into high school, he became increasingly aware that there was a big difference between his experience of the world and the expectations others had for him. 

    After a long process of self-discovery and advocacy for others, Nathan enrolled in Stetson Law at the age of 40. He now serves the LGBTQ+ community in a wide variety of roles, including his position as the LGBTQ+ Consumer Advocate at Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

    In this interview, we discuss Nathan’s years teaching in the public school system, the presence and loss of the strong women in his family, and what it's like working for the government in the midst of a culture war.

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    • 1 hr 40 min
    S3 E12 | James Helm

    S3 E12 | James Helm

    Our guest today is James Helm, founding attorney of Top Dog Law.

    James grew up as an only child with boundless energy. He always wanted to know what was next and he spent most of his time playing sports with the neighborhood kids.

    A curious mind is one of the hallmarks of James’ personality; even as a young kid, he was always asking “why,” sometimes to the chagrin of his teachers. His desire to get to the root of an issue is a characteristic that makes him a diligent attorney and businessman.

    James started wrestling at a young age, and he discovered he was pretty good at it. He continued wrestling throughout grade school, where he tore his rotator cuff. While recovering from his injury, a doctor prescribed Percocet. Although James didn’t abuse the opiate at the time, he would later end up taking opioids recreationally at parties as a way to “fit in.” Before he knew it, he developed a full dependency that followed him through the remainder of high school and higher education.

    James graduated from Penn State and later went to Rutgers for his law degree. Even with his success at school, he hit a breaking point with his addiction and entered rehab in August 2016.

    In today’s episode, James and I talk about the start of his opioid addiction, why he chose the name Top Dog Law, and the power of wearing your heart on your sleeve.

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    • 1 hr 25 min
    S3 E11 | Randi McGinn

    S3 E11 | Randi McGinn

    Today's guest today is Randi McGinn, one of America’s leading trial attorneys. 

    Because of her dad’s position in the military, Randi moved around a lot as a kid. Although she was often jealous of her friends who had permanent homes, her experiences cultivated a unique view of the justice system and how it’s been applied to different people. 

    As the oldest of four siblings, Randi proudly claims her “bossiness.” Growing up, her grandmother McGinn had the biggest influence on her life. In Randi’s own words, she was a “pistol” who didn’t play by the rules. Randi had powerful female influences, including her mother, that inspired her to fearlessly take on any challenge. 

    In today’s episode, Randi and I talk about the intensity of grief after losing your soul mate, giving birth one day before the bar exam, and how she accidentally found her perfect career. 

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    S3 E10 | Alexander Shunnarah

    S3 E10 | Alexander Shunnarah

    My guest today is Alexander Shunnarah, known as a master of marketing among many personal injury attorneys.  Alexander grew up in Alabama, where he spent his weekends at flea markets with his father.  Later, the two would buy and grow a chain of convenience stores, putting into practice the principles of sales and marketing that Alex had learned from a young age.
    Believing that Alex's future could hold greater things, his father encouraged him to continue his education at law school — a path that would eventually lead him one of the biggest personal injury brands in the south.
    In this interview, we discuss that journey, including his family's migration from Palestine, the faith that still guides Alex daily, and the joys and tribulations of parenthood.

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    • 1 hr 18 min
    S3 E09 | Chris Seeger

    S3 E09 | Chris Seeger

    Chris Seeger is a leader in mass tort and class action.

    Chris grew up on Long Island, where he practiced carpentry for years after high school. Almost on a whim, he took a few courses at a local college. A few years later, he was graduating Cardoza Law at the top of his class.

    For two years, Chris worked at a "white shoe" firm, where he liked the people but hated his chosen field of real estate law. For a while, he thought he might quit and focus on his side–hustle doing legal work for fighters [or boxers].

    Chris did eventually decide to set out on his own and took any case he could get, mostly living off of credit cards. That's when he found personal injury and his professional calling.

    In this interview, Chris and I discuss the importance of boxing in his early years, the controversy surrounding his NFL concussion litigation, and how his own parenthood led to a reconnection with his estranged mother before her death.

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    • 1 hr 34 min
    S3 E08 | Je Yon Jung

    S3 E08 | Je Yon Jung

    Our guest today is Je Yon Jung, senior counsel at May Lightfoot. 

    Je Yon has more than two decades of legal experience, including work in consumer protection, civil rights, discrimination, and financial services. What all of this diverse work has in common is a dedication to serving communities that have been left out or abused by the legal and justice systems.

    Je Yon emigrated to the United States with her family as a small child. From her earliest memories, she was certain that she wanted to be a lawyer. Though the patriarchal tradition of Korean culture left her with little support for this ambition, Je Yon's determination landed her in the Department of Justice only one year out of law school. Her work has now branched into the mass tort space with the complex and ongoing Zantac litigation.

    In this interview, we'll discuss how Rodney King changed the trajectory of Je Yon's career, the value of friendships, and how she came to know so much about soccer.

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    • 1 hr 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

AFRLEX ,

Great podcast

Luke does a great job with insightful questions. His podcasts are well organized and always have some great nuggets.

Jenn GC ,

Excellent Content

Luke’s podcast is thoughtful and well researched. You can tell time was put in before each episode to ask real thought provoking questions. As a picky podcaster I was impressed! Also love his voice ❤️

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Deeper conversations

This podcast is a great insight into the personalities and perspectives of those in our legal system. Each guest is fully engaged and open about their lives and how their motivations translate into their given job. For anyone interested in what lawyers, attorneys, or clerks do please check this out. Or even if you just have a passing interest in the American legal system try it. It may restore your faith in humanity just a little bit.

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