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.

Jonathan Turley

27 thoughts on “TOP 100 IRISH LAWYERS”

  1. Congratulations! We all salute you. Even our primate brethren are so excited they’re doing a little Irish step dancing.


  2. JT:

    “Mespo, that is exactly what my mother said.”


    Smart woman, you’re mother.

  3. ‘Anonymously Yours 1, October 15, 2010 at 8:04 am

    I am sure he has ties to Kenya….Maybe a Birth Certificate certified by the republic of the Congo….Who knows…apparently he was born here so now he’s a Wang….an anchor baby….”
    now that is hillarious……

    Congratulations Professor Turley! and thank you for this wonderfully informative blog.

  4. Yes, congratulations. And thank you again for this blog — a little dose of sanity in a world gone rather mad :-).

  5. Prof,

    Congratulations on an honor well deserved!


    That’s just cool.

  6. To Jon Mac Toirdealbhaigh,

    I noted in an earlier posting that many Irish names were translated from the Irish Gaelic language into English during the long centuries of English rule. It appears that the name “Turley” was the Anglicized form of the Gaelic “Mac Toirdealbhaigh.” This was a patronymic from “Toirdhealbhach,” a personal name meaning “like Thor” or “like thunder.”

    It further appears that this was composed from the Old Norse name “Thor” and the Gaelic word “dealbhach,” meaning “like,” or “in the shape of.”


    There is another traditional Turley family motto, justitiae soror fides:

    “Fidelity is the sister of justice:

    A very good motto for the Professor.


  7. Blouise as advertised,

    Sir Richard may be on the rise with the coming dawn and will lead an assault out of the Northern bastion into the Caribbean.

    It has been nearly five years since the queen of queens Wilma last threatened here and still maintains the record of the most powerful queen of the Atlantic in recorded history.

    The season is almost over for us however it is the beginning for you.

    Wicked winter expected as Lower Mainland to see worst La Nina since 1955

    ‘It’s shaping up to be a lively one,’ says climatologist

  8. Fur u lad, glad ta have known ya. Three cheers !!!!
    Hip Hip Ho-ray! Hip Hip Ho-ray! Hip Hip Ho-ray!

  9. Congrats,Professor:

    Jonathan Turley
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    This article is about the professor of law Jonathan Turley. For the children’s book author Jonathan Turley, see Jon Turley.

    Jonathan Turley is a professor of law at The George Washington University Law School where he holds the Shapiro Chair for Public Interest Law. He frequently appears in the national media as a commentator on a multitude of subjects ranging from the 2000 Presidential Election Controversy to the Terri Schiavo case in 2005

  10. I love the reference to “Irish Food”

    That would be Egg or Burger or Fish Fingers or Sausage and Chips, Pizza, KFC, McDonalds, Burger King, Kebab, Fish and chips or if you’re feeling really romantic and Oirish, a plate of “Traditional” Hot Pot with a few extra potatoes.


    Congrats to Jonathan. We bloggers were all ready aware that you were a Top 100 Lawyer. On behalf of your neglected Italian side, we raise our red Italian wine glass and say SALUTE! Frank

  12. Born in a America = American.
    Born in Ireland = Irish.
    Born in Hawaii = American.

    Quite simple actually.

    Don’t presume.

    ……….John McCain he’s Panamanian, right ?

  13. I am sure he has ties to Kenya….Maybe a Birth Certificate certified by the republic of the Congo….Who knows…apparently he was born here so now he’s a Wang….an anchor baby….but Whatever he maybe he has provided us with this wonderful Blawg…and the right to say what we wish with self restrained (sometimes) rants…..

    I suppose Irish Creme is good for you….Just in case take a few Baileys……oh…that is …..Irish Creme….

    Good luck….too bad you have the rubbish in there as well…

  14. So were you born in The United States Of America or
    Ireland ?

    Are you a U.S. citizen or Irish ?

  15. Congrats there JT. May the “better half” of your heritage be so equally honored.

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