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.
Elie Mystal joined ATL in 2008 by winning the ATL Idol Contest. Prior to joining ATL, Elie wrote about politics and popular culture at City Hall News and the New York Press. Elie received a degree in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was formerly a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton but quit the legal profession to pursue a career as an online provocateur. He’s written editorials for the New York Daily News and the New York Times, and he has appeared on both MSNBC and Fox News without having to lie about his politics to either news organization.
David Lat is the founding editor of Above the Law. Lat’s writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New York Observer, Washingtonian magazine, and New York magazine, among other publications. Prior to ATL, David worked as a federal prosecutor in Newark, New Jersey; a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, in New York; and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. David graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Yale Law School, where he served as book reviews editor of the Yale Law Journal. He has received several awards for his work on ATL, including recognition as an ABA Journal Legal Rebel, a group of innovators within the legal profession, and inclusion as a member of the Fastcase50, “the fifty most interesting, provocative, and courageous leaders in the world of law, scholarship, and legal technology.”
Staci Zaretsky became an editor for Above the Law in June 2011. Before becoming an editor, she pseudonymously wrote the site’s Morning Docket column. Her writing has also appeared in other legal publications, such as Judgepedia, Lawyerist, and Ms. JD. She has been featured on various television and radio programs, like CNBC’s Power Lunch, HuffPost Live, TF1 TV France, Chicago Public Radio, and Civil Discourse Now. 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.
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 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 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 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.