On Thursday night, I was honored to received an award as one of this year’s Top 100 Irish Lawyers in the World at the home of the Irish Ambassador, Michael Collins and his wife Marie. I have previously been honored by this selection but this year was particularly gratifying because one of my co-honorees was my former student Katie Harrington-McBride who recently began her work as counsel to Disney Corporation. I am enormously proud of Katie’s success and that of her husband (and another former GW student) John McBride.

As always, Ambassador Collins was a wonderful host and offered lawyers from around the world a warm reception. Other honorees present last night from the D.C. bar were Bob Bennett and Mark Tuohey — both of whom I have litigated against in court but always found to be consummate gentlemen and extraordinary lawyers.

Other honorees this year included Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy as well as federal judges like U.S. District Court judge Richard Leon.

It is always a delight to hear the Irish accents and stories — an experience that would have delighted my father, Jack Turley. Turleys are found in Northern Ireland and the counties Down and Armagh.

Much thanks to The Irish Voice and its editor Niall O’Dowd. Unfortunately, I had to leave a bit early due to a flight to New Orleans for a speech, but I would have loved to stay even later to listen to the stories and jokes. The gift for the gab has not been lost on this generation.

To my fellow honorees and the Turley clan, I say Éirinn go Brách.

Jonathan Turley

18 thoughts on “TOP 100 IRISH LAWYERS”

  1. Congratulations Professor Turley! I keep searching to see if there is a bottom hundred list where I might find my name!! 🙂
    Great music clip OS!

  2. FairlyBalanced, two hundred years ago, spelling was hardly an exact science. One of the great Irish composers was the blind Irish harpist Turlough O’Carolan (Toirdhealbhach Ó Cearbhalláin). There are often many spelling variants of the same name, especially when translated from language to language, such as Gaelic to English.

    A bit o’ the music of the great Toirdhealbhach on this fine morning. This is one of my personal favorites, Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór as played on the hammered dulcimer:

  3. Congratulations JT, an honor well deserved, but it should be in the top 100 of ALL lawyers.

  4. OT

    Sea level rise around the globe is highest where Hurricane Sally is heading.

    That area will have several high tides SUN-WED … add storm surge and it could cause serious flooding.

    Will it affect the election?

    Vote early. Polls may be hard to get to after Sunday afternoon – Monday morning.

    Vote today if you can … in NJ, NY, Del, MD, DC, MA, and Pennsylvania too.

    Add WV and states bordering it if the Frankenstorm takes shape when the two storms meld … bringing a snowpocalypse that might also hamper access to the polls.

    Voting machines could be down … flooding … power outages could last a while …

  5. Congrats, Mr. Turley. I hope the meal was good. Or, did you leave before dinner?

  6. One of the many honors you have deservedly earned. And congratulations also to your student Katie as well.

  7. I tell everyone I was very fortunate to have had you for several courses years ago. You are bright, inspirational, and deserving of the the recognition. Slainte!

  8. You had me until you mentioned john Roberts…… Congrats to you and the McBrides……

  9. Go maire tú an lá, JT! Go n-éirí an bóthar leat!

    (Congratulations, JT! Have a good journey!)

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