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Legal Elite – Criminal 2011


DAVID S. RUDOLF Rudolf, Widenhouse & Fialko, Charlotte

If I could live anywhere, it would be in Barcelona, Spain. Why? The culture, the people, the Costa Brava, the restaurants, the architecture, the art, the Mediterranean, the access to Europe, the nightlife — all absolutely fantastic. As for lawyering, I would probably work for a human-rights organization, Amnesty International or something similar.

Vita: Born July 2, 1949, in New York City; bachelor’s from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, law degree from New York University; wife and four children. Why he chose this field: A desire to stand between the power of the state and the rights of citizens. What he’d be if not a lawyer: An architect specializing in restoring historic structures — restoring life for the space much as I try to restore life for my clients. Memorable case: Rae Carruth, the first active professional football player to be charged with capital murder. During cross-examination of a codefendant, Van Brett Watkins, he threatened to rip me limb from limb, like a rag doll. The jury acquitted Carruth of murder, though it convicted him of conspiracy. Passions: My work, skiing, music from the late ’60s through the late ’80s. Favorite place: On top of a ski mountain on a bluebird day. Favorite book: Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm. I read it more than 40 years ago, and it profoundly changed my view of people, religion, government and culture. Hero: Robert Kennedy. He wasn’t afraid to take an unpopular position if he thought it was right. Don’t ask him to: Say or do something I don’t believe in.


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