Meet the Ankerwycke Authors


Leon WildesLeon Wildes
Authored: John Lennon vs. The USA

Leon Wildes is the founding member and senior partner of Wildes & Weinberg P.C., a distinguished immigration law firm in New York City, and has practiced immigration law since 1960. In 1970, he served as National President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, a bar association for immigration lawyers. He is the recipient of the AILA’s Edith Lowenstein Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Immigration Law. A prolific writer, Wildes has published many articles on aspects of immigration law, including five law review articles (in the San Diego Law Review and Brooklyn Law Review) concerning the Lennon case litigation, and has spoken before numerous legal and other groups. He was featured in the documentary film The US versus John Lennon and the off-Broadway play Ears on a Beatle.

Jeremy BlachmanJeremy Blachman
Co-Authored: The Curve: A Novel

Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, developed for television by Sony and NBC and currently in development for film, and a frequent writer of humor pieces for a wide variety of publications, including McSweeney's Internet Tendency, and The Barnes & Noble Review. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, he lives with his wife, Nina, and son, Micah.

Cameron StracherCameron Stracher
Co-Authored: The Curve: A Novel

Cameron Stracher is the author of 5 books, including Double Billing: A Young Lawyer’s Tale of Greed, Sex, Lies, and the Pursuit of a Swivel Chair. A graduate of Harvard Law School and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, he has taught and practices media law, and written for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among many other publications. He lives in Connecticut with his family.

Jena E. AbernathyJena E. Abernathy
Authored: The Inequality Equalizer: Want It, Claim It, Own It—'and Maximize Your Career Success

Jena E. Abernathy is a recognized leader in human capital management, performance excellence, and organizational development and a passionate advocate for women in executive and governing board roles. A frequent speaker and noted leadership expert, Jena has written for and been featured in a variety of media, including CNN, the Financial Times, CBS Money Watch, FOX Business, and the Miami Herald. Jena divides her time between North Carolina and the Tampa Bay area of Florida, though chances are she’s jetting across the sky at 33,000 feet.

Ben W. Heineman, Jr.

Authored: The Inside Counsel Revolution: Resolving the Partner-Guardian Tension

Ben W. Heineman, Jr., is a legendary and transformative figure who dramatically altered the role, power, status and prestige of the general counsel in corporations and shifted power from outside law firms to inside law departments. He was Senior Vice President–General Counsel for General Electric from 1987 to 2003 and then Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs from 2003 until his retirement in 2005. He served under CEO Jack Welch and then Welch's successor Jeff Immelt. Heineman's model for the modern inside law department is now widely followed in major corporations in the United States and, increasingly, in Europe and Asia. Prior to GE, Heineman was a Rhodes Scholar, editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal, law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, public interest lawyer, assistant secretary for policy at HEW and Supreme Court litigator. Since his retirement, Heineman has taught at Harvard and Yale professional schools and has written and spoken extensively on business, law, policy and ethics in the context of globalization.

M. Gerald Schwartzbach

Authored: Leaning on the Arc: A Personal History of Criminal Defense

M. Gerald Schwartzbach, a trial lawyer for more than 45 years, is a San Francisco Bay area criminal defense attorney who is listed in “Best Lawyers,” “Super Lawyers,” the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and the Marquis publications “Who’s Who in the World,” “Who’s Who in America,” and “Who’s Who in American Law.” He has received the Skip Glenn Award, presented for outstanding service in defense of a client by California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, a statewide organization of more than 2,000 criminal defense attorneys. Mr. Schwartabach has also been a recipient for the Outstanding Service Award by the Northern California Innocence Project. In addition, he was named Distinguished Advocate by the Advisory Board of the Heafey Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Santa Clara University School of Law.


Jeff B. Cohen

Authored: The Dealmaker's Ten Commandments: Ten Essential Tools for Business Forged in the Trenches of Hollywood

One of the entertainment industry’s most beloved success stories, Jeff B. Cohen, Esq. is a prominent transactional attorney and former child actor, best known for playing the role of 'Chunk' in the Richard Donner/Steven Spielberg film The Goonies.  A co-founder of Beverly Hills based Cohen Gardner LLP, he has been named by Variety to its Dealmakers Impact List and profiled by The Hollywood Reporter, The ABA Journal, Chambers Associate, Law Crossing and others.  A distinguished lecturer and active writer, he has authored numerous articles discussing business, technology and entertainment matters for CNBC, The Huffington Post, Backstage, Lawyerist and others.  He is proud to serve on corporate boards in both the non-profit and for-profit arenas.


David Lat
Authored: Supreme Ambitions: A Novel

David Lat (New York, NY) is the founder and managing editor of Above the Law, a widely read and highly influential legal website that receives approximately five million pageviews a month from more than 800,000 unique visitors. Prior to starting Above the Law in the summer of 2006, David founded Underneath Their Robes – a prominent blog about federal judges that received extensive media coverage – and has also served as the editor of the political blog Wonkette. His writing has appeared in numerous periodicals, including The New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Observer, Washingtonian magazine, and New York magazine, among others. Prior to his entry into the media, David worked as a federal prosecutor; a litigation associate; and a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Lindsay Cameron
Authored: Big Law: A Novel

Lindsay Cameron was born in San Jose, California and raised in the Eastern United States and Canada.  She worked for six years as a corporate attorney at large law firms on both sides of the border, including one of New York's most profitable firms, her time at which she describes only half-humorously as like being “in prison.”  She currently resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

Dina Gold

Authored: Stolen Legacy: Nazi Theft and The Quest for Justice at Krausenstrasse 17/18, Berlin

Dina Gold was born and brought up in Britain but now lives in Washington DC, where she is on the board of the DC Jewish Community Center and co-chair of the celebrated Washington Jewish Film Festival. A senior editor at Moment, the largest independent Jewish magazine in North America, she started her career at the Investors Chronicle in London as a financial journalist after postgraduate studies at London University and Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Later, joining the BBC, she worked as an investigative journalist, television producer and ombudsman.

James P. Muehlberger
Authored: The 116: The True Story of Abraham Lincoln’s Lost Guard

James P. Muehlberger is a partner at the Shook, Hardy & Bacon law firm in Kansas City, Missouri. A graduate of the University of Kansas Law School, he is a frequent author on litigation and legal history. His articles have appeared in a number of publications, including the National Law Journal, For the Defense, and Wild West Magazine. He is also the author of The Lost Cause: The Trials of Frank and Jesse James.

Joshua GreenJoshua Green
Authored: Justice at Dachau

The New York Times described Joshua M. Greene as “a storyteller…who traces journeys to enlightenment.” In 1982, after living thirteen years in the ashrams of India and Europe, he returned to his native New York City and produced a series of Emmy award-nominated children’s films for The Disney Channel and PBS. In 1995, he became Director of Programming for Cablevision, the nation's fifth largest cable provider. From 1999 to 2002 he served as Senior Vice President at Ruder Finn, New York's largest public relations firm, where he advised faith communities on their role in peacekeeping initiatives. In 2000, Mr. Greene was appointed Director of Strategic Planning for the United States Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders. That year, his book Witness: Voices from the Holocaust was produced as a feature film for PBS. His next book, Justice at Dachau, revealed the story of the largest yet least known series of war crimes trials in history. His editorials on tribunals in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay appeared in the Los Angeles Times and the International Herald Tribune. Mr. Greene is a frequent lecturer and has spoken at the Pentagon, the World Economic Forum, the New York Public Library Distinguished Author series, and numerous universities. He serves on the boards of several non-profits and provides volunteer family meditation services.

Jeena ChoJeena Cho
Co-Authored: The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation

Jeena Cho speaks and writes about creating a sustainable law practice. She is a contributor to Forbes and Above the Law where she covers resilience, work/life integration, and wellness in the workplace. She regularly speaks on women’s issues, diversity, wellness, stress management, mindfulness and meditation. You can reach her at

Karen GiffordKaren Gifford
Co-Authored: The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation

Karen Gifford is an investor and advisor on policy and regulatory issues in the financial technology space. Previously, she practiced law in the private sector and as a litigation and enforcement attorney for the Federal Reserve. She is a columnist for the Huffington Post where she writes on issues related to leadership, the workplace and the financial industry.

Jonathan ShapiroJonathan Shapiro
Authored: Deadly Force: A Lizzie Scott Novel

Jonathan Shapiro is the author of Liars, Lawyers, and the Art of Storytelling. Deadly Force is his first novel. He has spent the last 15 years writing and producing some of television's most iconic shows, including The Practice and Boston Legal, and has received an Emmy, a Peabody, and multiple Humanitas Awards. He is currently a writer for NBC's hit show The Blacklist and, along with Emmy-award winning David E. Kelley, one of the creators, writers, and executive producers of Goliath, an Amazon legal thriller set to air in 2016. He is also Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis, Los Angeles, where he specializes in entertainment law litigation.

Ronald Fierstein
Authored: A Triumph of Genius: Edwin Land, Polaroid, and the Kodak Patent War

Ron Fierstein was a young lawyer on the team of litigators from the prestigious patent law firm of Fish & Neave representing Polaroid in its epic patent battle with Eastman Kodak over instant photography technology. He had the unique experience of working closely with Polaroid’s two main witnesses, Dr. Edwin Land and Howard Rogers, during the discovery phase of the litigation and then throughout the dramatic federal court trial in Boston. After leaving the practice of law in the early 1980s, he has enjoyed a long and successful career in the entertainment industry, representing artists in the recording (Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter) and theater (Harvey Fierstein) industries.

Ron lives with his wife in Chappaqua, NY, and spends as much time as he can at their second home on the beautiful island of North Hero, VT. They have two grown sons.

Ted Philipakos
Authored: On Level Terms: 10 Legal Battles that Tested and Shaped Soccer in the Modern Era

Ted Philipakos (New York, NY) is an agent and consultant in the area of professional soccer who has worked with players and clubs around the world, most notably in the United States and Greece, over the last 10 years.  He also serves as a part-time faculty member at New York University's Tisch Institute for Sports Management, Media, and Business

RL Sommer
Authored: Courtship: A Novel of Life, Love, and the Law

R.L. Sommer is the pseudonym of Ronald Goldfarb, a veteran Washington, D.C. attorney, author and literary agent who worked in the Department of Justice as a special assistant to Robert F. Kennedy in the organized crime and racketeering section, and as a speechwriter for Kennedy’s Senate campaign in New York. He has written 11 books and 300 articles in addition to numerous op-eds and reviews. Courtship is his first novel.

Dr. Sabah Aris
Authored: The Baghdad Lawyer: Fighting for Justice in Saddam’s Iraq

Dr. Sabah Aris is a renowned criminal lawyer from Baghdad. As well as being a Doctor of Law he has also owned one of Iraq’s most successful cigarette paper factories and one of its largest private zoos. Happily married with two children, Dr. Aris is now retired and lives with his family in Cardiff, Wales.