The Dow is hitting record highs — and after a month of softness, the lawyer wedding market is bouncing back too. In addition to Supreme Court superstar Ted Olson, a number of attorneys got married last weekend. And several of them made it into the wedding pages of the New York Times (although not Olson and Lady Booth; they must not have submitted, because one can’t imagine them not making it in otherwise).
Here are the couples vying for victory this week:
Evaluations and scores, after the jump.
1. Lindsay Anathan, Britt Rogers
Résumé score: 8.9. She went to Cornell and is a senior associate at Morgan Stanley. It’s all about the benjamins, baby. He went to Rhodes College in Memphis and Columbia Law School. Now he’s a corporate associate at
the Death Star Cravath, Swaine & Moore. His résumé has a definite upward trajectory.
Family score: –. No information provided for the couple’s parents, other than names and towns.
Balance score: 8.8. Solid. She went to a more well-known college, but he has a J.D. from Columbia. Both have comparably prestigious jobs (although perhaps she makes more money than he does).
Beauty score: 9.0. Only Lindsay is pictured. She’s a handsome woman, with a slight resemblance to Catherine Keener.
Overall score: 8.90.
Additional comments: Banker-lawyer couples are always safe, although perhaps a little bland. It’s more sexy to have a banker or lawyer paired with a painter or novelist.
2. Lisa Humphrey, Andrew Tauber
(Disclosure: We went to law school with Mr. Tauber.)
Résumé score: 9.3. More advanced degrees than you can shake a stick at! Lisa is a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at the University of Hawaii; she already has a master’s in the field. She was at Dartmouth for her undergraduate studies. Andy went to Wesleyan for college, before getting a Ph.D. in political science at MIT — wow — and a law degree at Yale — double wow. He’s now in the prestigious appellate practice of Mayer Brown’s D.C. office.
Family score: 8.9. Her parents are both retired Foreign Service officers, which is pretty cool; her mother was the consul general at the U.S. embassy in Moscow. His mother is a retired partner of a PR firm; his father is a retired “information scientist” (not sure exactly what this is, but we bet he’s super-smart).
Balance score: 8.8.
Beauty score: 8.7. Attractive; great smiles. The Hawaiian climate must agree with Lisa.
Overall score: 8.93.
Additional comments: Judge John G. Koetl (S.D.N.Y.) officiated. Judge Koeltl has presided over some pretty impressive weddings over the years.
3. Alexandra McGinley, Brandon Holder
Résumé score: 9.1. Both are lawyers. She’s an Oberlin and Fordham Law grad, now working as a VP and counsel at Credit Suisse (and probably doing quite well for herself). He’s an associate in the New York office of Sidley Austin. He went to Duke for undergrad, Washington & Lee for his J.D., and NYU for a master’s in tax.
Family score: 8.8. Her father is a lawyer in private practice; her mother is an endocrinologist and professor of endocrinology at Cornell med. Very nice. His stepfather was until 2005 the controller and manager of a hardware company in Winston-Salem.
Balance score: 8.8. She’s ahead in some areas, he’s ahead in others; but on the whole, they’re pretty even.
Overall score: 8.90.
Additional comments: The fact that they’re both lawyers is mentioned in the opening sentence of their announcement. What determines when the Times mentions the couple’s jobs so high up? (It’s done pretty regularly, although it’s a little weird to highlight occupations in an announcement of lifetime love and fidelity.)
THIS WEEK’S WINNING COUPLE: This week was a competitive one, and all three couples notched high scores. The winners, by a narrow margin: LISA HUMPHREY and ANDREW TAUBER, who float past the competition on a raft of advanced degrees. Congrats!
(To read past editions of Legal Eagle Wedding Watch, click here, and scroll down.)