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    January 9, 2012  
DC's Best
Golfing Lawyers

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Foley & Lardner’s Fred Ridley once said that law is too time consuming to facilitate great athletes; good golfers, he said, “need to be in the insurance business or something.” Here to prove him wrong is our rundown of DC’s top golfing lawyers, scientifically determined by a formula with many Greek letters.
Hunton & Williams' Fred Eames with golf pro Ben Crenshaw
No list of DC golfers is complete without Hunton & Williams' Fred Eames. The energy attorney is ranked third on Golf Digest's most recent list of DC's best 150 political players. He's been golfing since he could walk and it shows in a handicap of 0.2 that tops folks like VP Joe Biden's 6.3 and House Speaker Boehner's 7.9. Fred is often invited to play with politicos and attorneys alike; above, left, he's with with two-time Masters winner Ben Crenshaw.
David Sarvadi's golf course

Not only has Keller and Heckman partner David Sarvadi been golfing and caddying since he was 10, but his family has a golf course in Scotland. David calls the Renaissance Club—on 300 acres (neighbors with Open host Muirfield) and designed by famed golf architect Tom Doak—a "golf fairy tale." It's especially fitting since the adventure started when a Duke's representative approached them out of the blue during an annual golf outing at Pinehurst. The family eventually signed a 99-year lease in '05 with David's bro as GM; interested readers with frequent flier miles to spare will be happy to hear they're building a clubhouse to lodge visiting members.

Eagle Cup Trophy Winners Tom Antonucci, Nancy Victory and Mike Senkowski

Wiley Rein's Tom Antonucci (left) started playing at age five with an older bro (now playing professionally) and considered going pro himself. His best score in tournament conditions is a 68 (with a long drive of 300 yards), but he tells us on an easy course it's more like 59. Highlights: getting a hole-in-one at 13 (though he thought nothing of it then), winning a game in 35 degree weather in college, and winning a member-guest tournament at Congressional. He won the FCBA charity tournament above (left) with two other Wiley Rein partners: Nancy Victory and her husband Mike Senkowski. Oh, and he's multi-talented: Tom played in the World Series of Poker a few times too.

Rob Sokohl
Sterne, Kessler's Rob Sokohl takes his golf game around the world. Snapped above in Scotland (it seems to be everyone's favorite place to play), he's also teed off in Australia, Germany, and 20 states in the US. He tells us this shot was taken after typical Scotland weather with rain and 30 mph winds followed by sunshine; he got out of this "sticky wicket" with a bunker shot from his knees. He's a patent guy, so we hope he invents an easier way to get balls out of sandtraps
Jones Day appeals practice chair Glen Nager didn't play golf seriously until after arguing his first Supreme Court case (age 28). He's a quick learner. Glen will be sworn in as head of the USGA in February (he's now in his third year as VP) and in his third on the exec committee, after being GC for the organization from '06 to '08. He's played with Arnold Palmer and officiated championships from the Masters to the US Openstrong> as chairman of the Rules of Golf Committee. Glen tells us Justice O'Connor (her bobblehead, left), with whom he clerked, inspired him to take up the sport.
James Meggesto with his son

Partners of Akin Gump's James Meggesto tell us not only does his office indicate he's a a leading Native American law practitioner; the scattered clubs, balls, and memorabilia also show he's a top golfer. James brought his single-digit handicap to win the Parent/Child Tournament with his son at the Army Navy Country Club, where he's a member, and recently hit a hole-in-one at Mount Vernon. Golf events with pro bono clients mean he's spent time with stars including Annika Sorenstam and Rickie Fowler.

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