the Zealous

19 Oct 14

When I was a young law firm associate back in the day, I was second chair on a complex, lucrative (for our client) and acrimonious technology/patent license negotiation. We were holed up in a conference room with buyer's counsel, in the dead of a typical brutal Colorado winter, groping our way towards final agreement. The legal negotiations were excruciating. We were the smaller party going up against a huge computer manufacturer, and the buyer's counsel, on the junior side of the experience scale, simply kept repeating the same mantra that corporate policy forbids any flexibility, even on what clearly should be uncontentious points.
My boss (senior partner at my firm) eventually lost his patience -- but never lost his cool. I can hear his words to this day: 

12 Oct 14
Enter Morris Grant. The most lethal lawyer in New York.
Bradley Cooper playing Eddie Mora in Limitless (2011)

Do you realize the kind of flesh-eating lawyers this guy is going to have?
Denis Leary as detective Michael McCann in The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)

I got great lawyers for cops so dress warm
Charges don't stick to dude, he's Teflon.
Jay Z, The Ruler's Back (2001)
14 Mar 13
Here’s to the writing lawyer – to all you lawyers out there who blog, tweet and publish.

Most lawyers don't bother to write. They just do their jobs or bill their hours. You, however, take an interest in a topic, research it exhaustively, and provide valuable scholarship on that topic. You make yourself an expert, and in doing so, make a valuable addition to the collective knowledge of our trade. Remarkably, you share this work publicly and for free, on firm blogs, discussion forums, or journals.

In short, you elevate yourself and your profession. You are exactly the kind of lawyer we're looking for.