Above the Law takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of law. The site provides news and insights about the profession’s most colorful personalities and powerful institutions, as well as original commentary on breaking legal developments. Above the Law is published by Breaking Media.

Senior Editors

Staci Zaretsky
Staci Zaretsky became an editor for Above the Law in June 2011. She has written for ATL in various capacities since August 2010. Her writing has also appeared in other publications, such as POLITICO, Judgepedia, Lawyerist, and Ms. JD. Staci graduated from Lehigh University and Western New England University School of Law, where her writing was published in the Western New England Law Review. Before deciding to pursue writing as a full-time career, Staci worked at a small law firm. Staci has been featured on various television and radio shows, like CNBC’s Power Lunch, CBC News, NPR, CBS Radio News, and BBC Radio, among other programs.

Joe Patrice
Joe Patrice joined Above the Law in 2013. Joe received a degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Oregon and a J.D. from the NYU School of Law. From 2001, he worked as a litigator for both Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton and Lankler Siffert & Wohl, representing a variety of individuals, institutions, and foreign sovereigns in criminal and civil matters. Joe left legal practice in 2012 to pursue writing, contributing to numerous publications, including ATL, before joining the full-time staff.

Kathryn Rubino
Kathryn Rubino joined the editorial staff at Above the Law in 2015. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from New York University and her Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School. Beginning in 2003, Kathryn began her work as a litigator working at both Cahill Gordon & Reindel and Wilson Sonsini Goodrick & Rosati with a focus on class action and antitrust litigation. In 2010, she transitioned to ediscovery vendor DiscoverReady working in their discovery practice. In 2013 Kathryn started writing a column for Above the Law pseudonymously about her experiences in the legal industry and has authored guest columns at Corporette.

John Lerner
John Lerner is a veteran in the online media space. He has 20 years of experience in B2B and niche consumer markets starting at Inc. Magazine, and later running the online businesses of BPI Communications, VNU Business Media, Nielsen Business Media, and F+W Media.

Director of Research
Brian Dalton
Brian is a graduate of Middlebury College and Fordham Law. He joined Breaking Media in October 2011 after spending seven years at Vault.com, most recently as Director of Research and Consulting. Before that, he was, among other things, an associate at a Manhattan law firm, a French teacher in Brooklyn, a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali, and a security guard at a waterslide park in Albuquerque, NM.

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