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Of all the doj offices out there, its just my luck that the one prosecuting my company's client is located in freakin Newark. Second trip there in a month, likely more on the horizon. I don't like business travel much anymore to begin with, but this is downright depressing.

:lol: I'll be there in federal on Friday.

Yes, Newark is not exactly...... nice.

We're staying on Broad St. a few blocks from the federal building. Asked the cab driver and hotel front desk for dinner recommendations, both said its best to just stay in the hotel at night. WTF?

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I don't know if there's a real pinnacle to this profession. Some times it really seems like there isn't one. But I do now know that when you're standing there waiting and hoping for two words instead

Made partner today. 

The managing partners of the small plaintiff firm I work for called me in for a meeting today and informed me they'll be making me an offer this summer for a contract that calls for a gradual transfer

Of all the doj offices out there, its just my luck that the one prosecuting my company's client is located in freakin Newark. Second trip there in a month, likely more on the horizon. I don't like business travel much anymore to begin with, but this is downright depressing.

:lol: I'll be there in federal on Friday.

Yes, Newark is not exactly...... nice.

We're staying on Broad St. a few blocks from the federal building. Asked the cab driver and hotel front desk for dinner recommendations, both said its best to just stay in the hotel at night. WTF?

I've always felt that Broad Street should be where the prostitutes work. Such a waste of a marketing opportunity.

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Of all the doj offices out there, its just my luck that the one prosecuting my company's client is located in freakin Newark. Second trip there in a month, likely more on the horizon. I don't like business travel much anymore to begin with, but this is downright depressing.

:lol: I'll be there in federal on Friday.

Yes, Newark is not exactly...... nice.

We're staying on Broad St. a few blocks from the federal building. Asked the cab driver and hotel front desk for dinner recommendations, both said its best to just stay in the hotel at night. WTF?

Totally true.

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"Common job" coming out of law school? I'd say no. 0% of the people I went to law school with took such a job. Might depend upon the school or area of the country, though?

Yep, definitely an unusual pick of jobs from my school too, though there were a few.

Generally I found that those who went straight to the PD's office tended to be Birkenstock-wearing liberal types who were doing this based upon ideology as much as anything else. Now as a 15+ year attorney, the funny thing that I've noticed is that other attorneys of my vintage who are PD's are pretty jaded about who they represent.

If you want to be a criminal defense attorney in private practice long term, either go work for the DA's office and then switch over, or else go work for a firm that does high end criminal defense (e.g. white collar) to cut your teeth.

Strongly disagree with this. I guarantee that the average PD will have developed a better set of skills and gained more experience over time than attorneys in these positions.

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Of all the doj offices out there, its just my luck that the one prosecuting my company's client is located in freakin Newark. Second trip there in a month, likely more on the horizon. I don't like business travel much anymore to begin with, but this is downright depressing.

:lol: I'll be there in federal on Friday.

Yes, Newark is not exactly...... nice.

We're staying on Broad St. a few blocks from the federal building. Asked the cab driver and hotel front desk for dinner recommendations, both said its best to just stay in the hotel at night. WTF?

I guess they just assumed you value life. Newark is scary during the day. I can't imagine at night.

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It's that time of year when I need CLE and can't afford to be picky. I want to stab myself in the eye just to feel something.

I'm doing a full two-day seminar on marijuana law.

Has the issue of whether a suspect's admission to possessing marijuana amounts to PC for arrest and search by a state police officer because it's a violation of federal law come up at all? I'm presently litigating that issue every chance I get because it does not appear to be settled.

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It's that time of year when I need CLE and can't afford to be picky. I want to stab myself in the eye just to feel something.

I'm doing a full two-day seminar on marijuana law.

Has the issue of whether a suspect's admission to possessing marijuana amounts to PC for arrest and search by a state police officer because it's a violation of federal law come up at all? I'm presently litigating that issue every chance I get because it does not appear to be settled.

no. there's no criminal component. weed's legal here, so we're entirely focused on the business of marijuana.

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It's that time of year when I need CLE and can't afford to be picky. I want to stab myself in the eye just to feel something.

I'm doing a full two-day seminar on marijuana law.

Has the issue of whether a suspect's admission to possessing marijuana amounts to PC for arrest and search by a state police officer because it's a violation of federal law come up at all? I'm presently litigating that issue every chance I get because it does not appear to be settled.

no. there's no criminal component. weed's legal here, so we're entirely focused on the business of marijuana.

Ah. thanks for responding.

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Instinctive. -- take the Massachusetts bar and you won't need to worry about this silly CLE nonsense. Passachusetts!

This is actually an interesting issue that popped into my head today when we were discussing career paths.

If I take a non-legal path, utilizing the MBA more with the JD as a value add, is there a benefit to taking the bar? Is there a drawback? (Other than time to take it)

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Instinctive. -- take the Massachusetts bar and you won't need to worry about this silly CLE nonsense. Passachusetts!

This is actually an interesting issue that popped into my head today when we were discussing career paths.

If I take a non-legal path, utilizing the MBA more with the JD as a value add, is there a benefit to taking the bar? Is there a drawback? (Other than time to take it)

Guys I went to school with who used the JD solely as a springboard for their MBA still took the bar. Their rational was that the law was fresh in their head and they'd be in no better future position to take it. Given the relatively good reciprocity rules now and the fact you can go inactive once licensed, there really isn't much drawback.

But dude, you're a 1L. Bit too early to be worried about this type of issue.

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Instinctive. -- take the Massachusetts bar and you won't need to worry about this silly CLE nonsense. Passachusetts!

This is actually an interesting issue that popped into my head today when we were discussing career paths.

If I take a non-legal path, utilizing the MBA more with the JD as a value add, is there a benefit to taking the bar? Is there a drawback? (Other than time to take it)

Benefit: you can get legal jobs and get credibility at parties.

Drawbacks: if you fail, you can't be a sports agent, if you pass you'll be paying annual fees for the rest of your life to remain in good standing.

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Instinctive. -- take the Massachusetts bar and you won't need to worry about this silly CLE nonsense. Passachusetts!

No CLE in DC either. I took the Virginia bar, but went inactive after I was admitted to DC solely so I would not have to do CLE.

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Hate CLE. With the firey passion of 1,000 suns going supernova at the exact same time. It is the most ridiculous thing ever concieved.

Every single one I've attended starts the same way.... "Good morning, I am blah blah from the firm of blah blah. The panelists and I know you are just here for your credits so we are going to go through the syllabus as written and then we will deal with questions.

Guy or gal starts. Not 2 minutes in.... ".... and this reminds me of a case....... that derails the entire thing into every attorney trying to ask stupid questions to sound smarter than everyone else and tell their own war stories so that they look like the big dog in the room..... ending with the panelist saying ok, we went over our time for this portion so um check your syllabus for what we were going to talk about. Rinse repeat.

Ugh.

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Anyone have any suggestions on how I can get out of practicing law? I need to figure out something else to do with my life...

Background: I've practiced general real estate and real estate finance law for 10 of the last 13 years (NYU, Class of 2001). I worked at a mid-size NY firm out of law school for a few years, then moved to SoCal spending a year at a satellite office for a large international firm before leaving for my current firm - a RE law boutique which basically operates as a GC for a local developer/asset manager. (I also took a 3-year hiatus from law during the recession to work at the FDIC in a non-legal receivership position.) The money and hours were alright at my firm, but the last couple of years has seen some new people running deals for my client that ended up doing some pretty ####ty things and threw me under the bus for their business decisions. My boss/partner also screwed me over in the process. Long story short - my income is way down and I need to get the #### out of here.

The problem is big firms don't have any interest in me (too old) and small firms aren't interested either because I don't have my own book of business (I've essentially been working in-house at my current place and I'm not relying on bringing much/any work with me). I'd be happy to go in-house somewhere else, but there is nothing available where I live fitting my background. I would strongly prefer not to relocate geographically for family reasons.

So... I need to start thinking about some non-legal careers. Any suggestions - shtick or otherwise - are appreciated.

:popcorn:

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Anyone have any suggestions on how I can get out of practicing law? I need to figure out something else to do with my life...

Background: I've practiced general real estate and real estate finance law for 10 of the last 13 years (NYU, Class of 2001). I worked at a mid-size NY firm out of law school for a few years, then moved to SoCal spending a year at a satellite office for a large international firm before leaving for my current firm - a RE law boutique which basically operates as a GC for a local developer/asset manager. (I also took a 3-year hiatus from law during the recession to work at the FDIC in a non-legal receivership position.) The money and hours were alright at my firm, but the last couple of years has seen some new people running deals for my client that ended up doing some pretty ####ty things and threw me under the bus for their business decisions. My boss/partner also screwed me over in the process. Long story short - my income is way down and I need to get the #### out of here.

The problem is big firms don't have any interest in me (too old) and small firms aren't interested either because I don't have my own book of business (I've essentially been working in-house at my current place and I'm not relying on bringing much/any work with me). I'd be happy to go in-house somewhere else, but there is nothing available where I live fitting my background. I would strongly prefer not to relocate geographically for family reasons.

So... I need to start thinking about some non-legal careers. Any suggestions - shtick or otherwise - are appreciated.

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Don't you have an accounting background IIRC?

If you want a change that doesn't require a career change, you could go in house on the real estate side.

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Anyone have any suggestions on how I can get out of practicing law? I need to figure out something else to do with my life...

Background: I've practiced general real estate and real estate finance law for 10 of the last 13 years (NYU, Class of 2001). I worked at a mid-size NY firm out of law school for a few years, then moved to SoCal spending a year at a satellite office for a large international firm before leaving for my current firm - a RE law boutique which basically operates as a GC for a local developer/asset manager. (I also took a 3-year hiatus from law during the recession to work at the FDIC in a non-legal receivership position.) The money and hours were alright at my firm, but the last couple of years has seen some new people running deals for my client that ended up doing some pretty ####ty things and threw me under the bus for their business decisions. My boss/partner also screwed me over in the process. Long story short - my income is way down and I need to get the #### out of here.

The problem is big firms don't have any interest in me (too old) and small firms aren't interested either because I don't have my own book of business (I've essentially been working in-house at my current place and I'm not relying on bringing much/any work with me). I'd be happy to go in-house somewhere else, but there is nothing available where I live fitting my background. I would strongly prefer not to relocate geographically for family reasons.

So... I need to start thinking about some non-legal careers. Any suggestions - shtick or otherwise - are appreciated.

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Don't you have an accounting background IIRC?

If you want a change that doesn't require a career change, you could go in house on the real estate side.

I don't have a true accounting background, but do have some banking/finance experience - but not the type that necessarily correlates with what banking GC departments look for. I'd take an in-house job doing almost anything at this point, but RE companies aren't really hiring down here and the non-RE companies looking for general transactional/corporate attorneys have shown zero interest in my background.

ETA: My banking background stems primarily with the FDIC which was in a receivership capacity, but did give me a lot of exposure in the operations/liability side of banking. I guess I could try taking a non-legal job at a bank, but I bet I would be hired pretty far down the chain with murky prospects on being able to climb back up.

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Can you latch on at another firm in an "of counsel" capacity as a real estate specialist? Try talking to a recruiter? State government?

I've talked to a few recruiters and I told them I'm completely flexible on salary, title (including of counsel or associate designations), year slotting, etc. and they all told me the same thing - (i) most firms aren't really looking for RE attorneys right now, (ii) big firms aren't interested at all, and (iii) small firms would only be interested if I have business coming with me.

I've also reached out to a number of small firms directly (so they wouldn't have to pay the recruiter's fee) and no interest.

There aren't any state government jobs nearby.

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Can you latch on at another firm in an "of counsel" capacity as a real estate specialist? Try talking to a recruiter? State government?

I've talked to a few recruiters and I told them I'm completely flexible on salary, title (including of counsel or associate designations), year slotting, etc. and they all told me the same thing - (i) most firms aren't really looking for RE attorneys right now, (ii) big firms aren't interested at all, and (iii) small firms would only be interested if I have business coming with me.

I've also reached out to a number of small firms directly (so they wouldn't have to pay the recruiter's fee) and no interest.

There aren't any state government jobs nearby.

This is such a weird profession. You might keep an eye on the state government websites (DOJ and regular attorney positions) anyway. I've seen postings for LA and SD though it might not be in an area you have experience in, but might be worth a look if you just need a change.

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Hate CLE. With the firey passion of 1,000 suns going supernova at the exact same time. It is the most ridiculous thing ever concieved.

Every single one I've attended starts the same way.... "Good morning, I am blah blah from the firm of blah blah. The panelists and I know you are just here for your credits so we are going to go through the syllabus as written and then we will deal with questions.

Guy or gal starts. Not 2 minutes in.... ".... and this reminds me of a case....... that derails the entire thing into every attorney trying to ask stupid questions to sound smarter than everyone else and tell their own war stories so that they look like the big dog in the room..... ending with the panelist saying ok, we went over our time for this portion so um check your syllabus for what we were going to talk about. Rinse repeat.

Ugh.

:lmao:

One time I went to a CLE on autoerotic asphyxiation. That showed crime scene photos. On a large movie screen. With close-ups. That CLE ruled on several levels, but mostly because attorneys finally didn't have some way to make it about themselves. Only half of us made it through the damn thing.

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Anyone else spend the day at a divorce trial asking a client about her husband raping her twice then having the judge question your professionalism for not convincing her to just ask for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences?

Well, judge. She made the decision that she wasn't letting the bastard off that easy. It's not like I had fun doing it.

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Worst part of M&A work = knowing people are going to lose their jobs and not seeing much empathy exhibited. I realize it's business but I never get over the way we talk about these people as if they aren't even humans, with families, bills to pay and no idea where their next job will be.

Case in point, just finished a weekly status call on an acquisition I'm handling. The HR people have talked for three straight calls about a particular person who will be let go, and today someone asked the person's name. Scramble, scramble, paper shuffling, paper shuffling...no one knew. Took several minutes before anyone could come up with the name rather than just referring to the person by position.

:(

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Anyone else spend the day at a divorce trial asking a client about her husband raping her twice then having the judge question your professionalism for not convincing her to just ask for a divorce due to irreconcilable differences?

Well, judge. She made the decision that she wasn't letting the bastard off that easy. It's not like I had fun doing it.

Our judges make it very clear to us that if we are going to put a divorce through under any circumstances that not irreconcilable differences that they won't be happy. So I feel your pain. I have never had a client refuse to listen to me on that one but I know people that have.

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Worst part of M&A work = knowing people are going to lose their jobs and not seeing much empathy exhibited. I realize it's business but I never get over the way we talk about these people as if they aren't even humans, with families, bills to pay and no idea where their next job will be.

Case in point, just finished a weekly status call on an acquisition I'm handling. The HR people have talked for three straight calls about a particular person who will be let go, and today someone asked the person's name. Scramble, scramble, paper shuffling, paper shuffling...no one knew. Took several minutes before anyone could come up with the name rather than just referring to the person by position.

:(

Defense mechanism. Personalizing the cuts leads to emotional attachments. Which leads to feeling each cut on a personal level. Probably couldn't do it for very long if that were the case.

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Just wanted to give a shout out to whomever it was earlier who said that you could not be too pedantic in organizing things with headings and sub-headings. Got my first major LRW brief back with positive comments at every single heading and sub-heading praising organization and how easy it was to follow the brief.

THANK YOU.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

My favorite is divorce attorneys who try to do real estate.

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This seems like the perfect place to ask an incredibly pedantic question. I'm writing something that refers to Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPDs). In a sentence, would you use "a MVPD" or "an MVPD"?

The latter.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

My favorite is divorce attorneys who try to do real estate.

I'd imagine anyone who doesn't regularly do real estate trying to do it would be a disaster.

I work primarily in two areas, M&A and securities/finance. I don't come across people trying to do the latter who don't regularly do it, I suppose because there is a lot of actual law/regulation involved. But now and then I end up dealing with someone who thinks they can do M&A and it is completely freaking painful. This guy, and I am not making this up, actually doesn't even know what the concept of a closing date is.

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A good friend is going through a crazy custody battle. Trial was this week. His ex wife, who had claimed that she was afraid of him, was confronted with dozens of profanity-laden texts that she had sent him, as well as some describing sex acts that she was supposedly engaging in while texting him.

She started dramatically sobbing, to the point that her own lawyer stood up and said, "Objection! Reactionary!" I have no idea what this was supposed to mean. The judicial assistants started laughing, and the judge reminded her lawyer that he couldn't object to his own witness' theatrics. Family law is the absolute worst.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

My favorite is divorce attorneys who try to do real estate.

I'd imagine anyone who doesn't regularly do real estate trying to do it would be a disaster.

I work primarily in two areas, M&A and securities/finance. I don't come across people trying to do the latter who don't regularly do it, I suppose because there is a lot of actual law/regulation involved. But now and then I end up dealing with someone who thinks they can do M&A and it is completely freaking painful. This guy, and I am not making this up, actually doesn't even know what the concept of a closing date is.

Great post, Krista. I imagine you see fewer dabblers in securities because of the relatively stringent addendum you have to fill out to get malpractice insurance if you indicate you practice in that particular area, as well as the increased premium cost, which is significant.

It is funny how many people think they can moonlight in M&A. I am by no means a full-time practitioner in the field but when I got into it I knew enough to learn it cold (and follow a friend on two deals with his client's permission) first. On my highest-dollar deal (which was not geologically significant in terms of the money involved, about $15-20MM), two of the three other counsel (representing minority stakeholders) were from small firms obviously just trying to tell their clients, "sure, we can handle a merger!" I'd estimate that educating them and dealing with their value-subtracting nonsense added 30-40 hours to the legal fee cost, maybe more.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

My favorite is divorce attorneys who try to do real estate.

I'd imagine anyone who doesn't regularly do real estate trying to do it would be a disaster.

I work primarily in two areas, M&A and securities/finance. I don't come across people trying to do the latter who don't regularly do it, I suppose because there is a lot of actual law/regulation involved. But now and then I end up dealing with someone who thinks they can do M&A and it is completely freaking painful. This guy, and I am not making this up, actually doesn't even know what the concept of a closing date is.

Hmm. I know what a closing date is. I could probably do M&A work on the side.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

My favorite is divorce attorneys who try to do real estate.

I'd imagine anyone who doesn't regularly do real estate trying to do it would be a disaster.

I work primarily in two areas, M&A and securities/finance. I don't come across people trying to do the latter who don't regularly do it, I suppose because there is a lot of actual law/regulation involved. But now and then I end up dealing with someone who thinks they can do M&A and it is completely freaking painful. This guy, and I am not making this up, actually doesn't even know what the concept of a closing date is.

Hmm. I know what a closing date is. I could probably do M&A work on the side.

I can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without using two knives. I should be able to handle a merger.

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A good friend is going through a crazy custody battle. Trial was this week. His ex wife, who had claimed that she was afraid of him, was confronted with dozens of profanity-laden texts that she had sent him, as well as some describing sex acts that she was supposedly engaging in while texting him.

She started dramatically sobbing, to the point that her own lawyer stood up and said, "Objection! Reactionary!" I have no idea what this was supposed to mean. The judicial assistants started laughing, and the judge reminded her lawyer that he couldn't object to his own witness' theatrics. Family law is the absolute worst.

I was in small claims court one time and they were calling the docket to see who had actually shown up. If your opponent doesn't show up, you win. There was an attorney there who was a year ahead of me in law school who became locally famous for flunking the bar 6 times and getting special accommodations for his seventh (and successful) try.

Judge calls "party A versus party B"

Lucky 7: "For the plaintiff, your honor."

Seeing on one else rise, judge calls for party B a couple of times, then looks to Lucky 7, expecting him to request a default judgment. Instead, Lucky 7 proudly announces, "your honor, I request this matter be dismissed."

Judge's eyes narrow and he says "excuse me?" Lucky 7 repeats his request for a dismissal. Judge instructs him to approach.

After some hushed discussion at the bench, Lucky 7 steps back and sheepishly says, "default judgment please, your honor."

"Granted."

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Since I moved in-house at an international company, I pretty much dabble in everything I do.

"Shouldn't we hire outside counsel for this?"

"No worries, I got this (furiously googling)"

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

My favorite is divorce attorneys who try to do real estate.

I do both. Fairly well. But you are correct. Although I see more of the real estate guys trying to a divorce because "it's simple."

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A good friend is going through a crazy custody battle. Trial was this week. His ex wife, who had claimed that she was afraid of him, was confronted with dozens of profanity-laden texts that she had sent him, as well as some describing sex acts that she was supposedly engaging in while texting him.

She started dramatically sobbing, to the point that her own lawyer stood up and said, "Objection! Reactionary!" I have no idea what this was supposed to mean. The judicial assistants started laughing, and the judge reminded her lawyer that he couldn't object to his own witness' theatrics. Family law is the absolute worst.

I was in small claims court one time and they were calling the docket to see who had actually shown up. If your opponent doesn't show up, you win. There was an attorney there who was a year ahead of me in law school who became locally famous for flunking the bar 6 times and getting special accommodations for his seventh (and successful) try.

Judge calls "party A versus party B"

Lucky 7: "For the plaintiff, your honor."

Seeing on one else rise, judge calls for party B a couple of times, then looks to Lucky 7, expecting him to request a default judgment. Instead, Lucky 7 proudly announces, "your honor, I request this matter be dismissed."

Judge's eyes narrow and he says "excuse me?" Lucky 7 repeats his request for a dismissal. Judge instructs him to approach.

After some hushed discussion at the bench, Lucky 7 steps back and sheepishly says, "default judgment please, your honor."

"Granted."

attorneys aren't allowed to appear in small claims court here.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

My favorite is divorce attorneys who try to do real estate.

I do both. Fairly well. But you are correct. Although I see more of the real estate guys trying to a divorce because "it's simple."

If I had a choice of doing divorce/family law work or chopping off a finger, I'd take the finger in a heartbeat. I don't know how you people do it.

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A good friend is going through a crazy custody battle. Trial was this week. His ex wife, who had claimed that she was afraid of him, was confronted with dozens of profanity-laden texts that she had sent him, as well as some describing sex acts that she was supposedly engaging in while texting him.

She started dramatically sobbing, to the point that her own lawyer stood up and said, "Objection! Reactionary!" I have no idea what this was supposed to mean. The judicial assistants started laughing, and the judge reminded her lawyer that he couldn't object to his own witness' theatrics. Family law is the absolute worst.

I was in small claims court one time and they were calling the docket to see who had actually shown up. If your opponent doesn't show up, you win. There was an attorney there who was a year ahead of me in law school who became locally famous for flunking the bar 6 times and getting special accommodations for his seventh (and successful) try.

Judge calls "party A versus party B"

Lucky 7: "For the plaintiff, your honor."

Seeing on one else rise, judge calls for party B a couple of times, then looks to Lucky 7, expecting him to request a default judgment. Instead, Lucky 7 proudly announces, "your honor, I request this matter be dismissed."

Judge's eyes narrow and he says "excuse me?" Lucky 7 repeats his request for a dismissal. Judge instructs him to approach.

After some hushed discussion at the bench, Lucky 7 steps back and sheepishly says, "default judgment please, your honor."

"Granted."

Ouch.

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People, if you don't do M&A work for a living, please don't try to "dabble" in it. You'd think it might be easier from a negotiation standpoint to deal with a lawyer who has absolutely no idea what he is doing, but it makes my job a billion times harder. For ####'s sake.

You can say this about alot of fields for sure.

Oh, absolutely.

My favorite is divorce attorneys who try to do real estate.

I do both. Fairly well. But you are correct. Although I see more of the real estate guys trying to a divorce because "it's simple."

If I had a choice of doing divorce/family law work or chopping off a finger, I'd take the finger in a heartbeat. I don't know how you people do it.

I have a very very close friendship with a guy named Mr. Daniels. We call him Jack. Good guy. Can talk to him about anything. Makes you feel happy after about a half hour no matter what you were suffering from that day. I can give you his number. He lives in Tennessee but he travels anywhere.

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