Sunday, November 21, 2004

Two Roanoke lawyers who take big federal cases

Saturday's Roanoke paper has this article ("Good lawyers, good people," 11/20/04) on Roanoke lawyers John Lichtenstein and John Fishwick.

The article notes: "Lichtenstein, John Fishwick and their firm have the distinction of defending clients in two of the highest-profile federal criminal prosecutions locally: the cases of Burrow and Roanoke pain specialist Cecil Byron Knox."

It also says: "Federal Judge James Turk said in an interview that if John Kerry had won the presidential election, he thought Fishwick - one of Turk's former law clerks - might have been tapped to serve in the presidentially appointed position of U.S. Attorney."

The article includes this listing of notable cases:

"Dr. Cecil Byron Knox -- Helped defend the Roanoke pain specialist on allegations that he prescribed medication outside the scope of legitimate medical practice and other charges. Knox was acquitted on some some charges; others ended in hung jury; re-trial pending.

Richard Burrow -- Defended the former National D-Day Memorial Foundation President on perjury and fraud charges. Two trials ended in hung juries; charges eventually dismissed.

Larry Frazier -- Won a $350,000 settlement from Virginia for Frazier's survivors in the stun gun-related death of the Wallens Ridge inmate.


John McCloskey -- Fishwick has joined Roanoke attorney Jonathan Rogers in representing the family of the teenager who was brutally attacked at Western State Hospital in Staunton and later died.

Chris Henley -- Won a settlement of almost $1 million for a boy who was improperly diagnosed at a federally funded clinic in Saltville and almost died.

Amos Law -- Fishwick defended the only person to be acquitted as part of the moonshine crackdown called Operation Lightning Strike. His argument was that Law did not understand prosecutors' questions when he testified under oath before the grand jury, also known as the 'double negative' defense."

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