Matthews Bark – Why You Don’t Want A Biglaw Firm To Handle Your Little Landlord-Tenant Case

Source      – abovethelaw.com/
By             – David Lat
Category – Matthews Bark

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The court will not countenance the gross overreaching evidenced under the facts and circumstances of this case in which the client is not even being billed for legal services. To move any court to put its imprimatur of approval on such practices is simply intolerable.

– Judge Frank Nervo, denying a Biglaw firm’s request for more than $126,000 in attorneys’ fees in a lawsuit over a $6,400 security deposit. Judge Nervo added that the firm spent “a grossly unnecessary amount of time” on simple tasks, including “research on the most basic and banal legal principles.”

(Which firm was on the receiving end of this benchslap? Find out after the jump, where we’ve posted the full opinion.)

The firm in question was Mayer Brown, which apparently made this foray into landlord/tenant law because one of the tenants, Thomas Clozel, is the son of Jean-Paul Clozel, a founder and CEO of Actelion, a Swiss biopharmaceutical company that’s a Mayer Brown client. The client wasn’t being billed, as noted by Judge Nervo, because the case was being handled as one of those “friend of the firm” matters.

I can’t really fault Mayer Brown here, since “friend of the firm” matters often require Biglaw attorneys to immerse themselves in areas of law that they know nothing about. I once worked on such a case, involving the high school disciplinary problems of a kid whose father was a titan of finance, even though neither I nor the partner I worked with knew anything about education law. Luckily we were able to resolve the matter to the family’s satisfaction (and they sent me a lovely case of wine for the holidays).

So next time your cousin wants your help getting back his security deposit, refer him to a knowledgeable residential real-estate litigator — unless your cousin is willing to pay you a six-figure sum.

Source – abovethelaw.com/2014/01/why-you-dont-want-a-biglaw-firm-to-handle-your-landlord-tenant-case/

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Matthews Bark – From The Young Lawyers Division To The Senior Lawyers Division

Source     – americanbar.org/
By            – Press Release
Category – Matthews Bark

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After decades of commitment to the American Bar Association, Seth Rosner has been elected chair of the ABA Senior Lawyers Division. But focusing on professional pursuits would only tell part of his story.

Rosner, a Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based practitioner specializing in business law, legal ethics and professional responsibility, was admitted to practice in 1955, the same year he received his JD degree from Columbia Law School. He began his service to the ABA in 1964 as a delegate from the New York City Bar to the Young Lawyers Division. He went on to represent seven different constituencies in the House of Delegates, among many other ABA involvements.

Rosner, 83, has served a cumulative 45 years on ethics and professionalism committees of the ABA as well as other lawyer groups.

“While many academics, judges and practitioners have distinguished themselves in the field of legal ethics, only a handful can truly claim to have contributed meaningfully to the overarching concepts of professionalism. Mr. Rosner is a leader of this very elite group,” ethics lawyer Diane Karpman of Beverly Hills, Calif., said when Rosner won the Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award in 2009 from the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility.

In nominating Rosner for the Franck award, the late legal ethics expert Steven C. Krane wrote: “Seth has worked in the professionalism vineyards as a volunteer. His service in this area over a period of more than four decades may be unparalleled.”

Another Center for Professional Responsibility award, the Rosner & Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award, was created and is funded by Seth Rosner in memory of his father and brother.

Rosner earned his LLM degree in comparative law from the New York University School of Law, where he was an adjunct faculty member for 29 years.

He is a founding trustee, past chairman and now chairman emeritus of the Board of Governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, which has conducted programs for more than 100,000 public officials, school administrators, military and police officers, journalists, corporate and nonprofit executives, and judges and lawyers.

Building on his experience racing sports cars as young man in California and France, Rosner serves as a trustee and officer of the Saratoga Automobile Museum. He has also served on the boards of Jewish Home Lifecare, Wesleyan University (his undergraduate alma mater) and the Leica Historical Society of America

Earlier in his life, Rosner worked on a ranch in Idaho, won squash racquets championships in New York City and won table tennis tournaments aboard trans-Atlantic ocean liners. During his three and half years of active duty in the Navy, Rosner was legal officer and an officer-of-the-deck on the USS Intrepid in the Atlantic. He writes verse and his photographs have appeared in national magazines and a book. Rosner presently sings bass in the Racing City Chorus, the men’s barbershop singers of Saratoga Springs.

 

Source – americanbar.org/news/abanews/aba-news-archives/2014/01/from_the_young_lawye.html

 

Orlando Drug Defense Attorney | “JP Morgan Chief Announces Shake-Up And Warns Of Further ‘Legal Issues'”

Source       : telegraph.co.uk
By               : Andrew Trotman – Press Release
Category  : Attorney Matthews R Bark, Orlando Drug Defense Attorney

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Drug Defense Attorney

JP Morgan chief executive Jamie Dimon has announced a shake-up of the bank as he warned of further “regulatory issues” in the near future.  In a memo to employees, Mr Dimon wrote he is devoting “unprecedented” resources to improve its businesses and the legal training of staff.“Never before have we focused so much time, effort, brainpower, technological power and money on a single, enterprise-wide objective,” the boss of America’s largest bank wrote. “Make no mistake – we are going to get this right.”

It comes as JP Morgan faces a bill of at least $750m (£471m) to settle US and UK investigations into the $6bn “London Whale” trading loss. That agreement could be announced as soon as today. The Wall Street giant is also the subject of a US Department of Justice probe into the alleged manipulation of energy markets.On Tuesday, Mr Dimon warned staff that there would be further legal problems to come. “Unfortunately, we are all well aware of the news around the legal and regulatory issues facing our company, and in the coming weeks and months we need to be braced for more to come,” he wrote.

JP Morgan has hired 3,000 extra staff to its control groups, which include the bank’s risk, compliance and legal operations, and increased spending in this area to $1bn. Around 500 workers have been assigned to complete the Federal Reserve’s “stress tests”.Businesses not considered “core” are also being earmarked for sale as part of the shake-up. The lender is “conducting an in-depth review of our foreign correspondent banking business”, which has come under fire from US regulators for its anti-money-laundering procedures.

“We are also proactively trying to decrease the number of vendors we have, which reduces complexity in our business and creates more jobs internally,” the memo read.

Source : telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/10316080/JP-Morgan-chief-announces-shake-up-and-warns-of-further-legal-issues.html