The annual selection of the Top 100 Irish Lawyers in the World has been published by The Irish Voice and I am honored to be included among the honorees. Last night, I received the award with fellow honorees from around the world at the residence of the Irish Ambassador. One of the best parts of this prize is the party with Irish food and wonderful conversations with lawyers and judges from Ireland and the United States.
The honorees this year included Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, Judge Richard Leon, and other Washington figures. Indeed, I was honored with Robert Bennett and Mark Touhey — both of whom are my opposing lawyers this week in federal court in the Chang (World Bank) case. Indeed, Tuohey had spent the morning objecting to my questioning of his client, Philadelphia Police Chief Charles Ramsey before the event. I was late unfortunately due to the need to examine witnesses, but it was a great way to unwind with a fascinating group of people.
I could not help but think last night how much my late father Jack Turley would have enjoyed the company and conversation immensely. Turleys are found in Northern Ireland and the counties Down and Armagh. I hear on occasion from Turleys in Ireland, who have informed me of such tidbits as a Turley who died on the Titantic and other clan lore. I was told that the family motto translates to “Consider the End” — which was described as a somewhat depressing but quintessentially Irish thought.
Much thanks to The Irish Voice and Ireland’s Ambassador Michael Collins.
To my fellow honorees, I say Éirinn go Brách.