Aaron Charney, Biglaw, Gay, Gera Grinberg

Brokeback Lawfirm: Happy Birthday, Gera Grinberg

Aaron Charney ROB TV screencap.jpgAre you wondering what’s going on in the case of Aaron Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell? You’re not alone.
We went to check the case’s status on the electronic docket, but couldn’t find the case by party name or by index number (Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP: 100625/2007; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP v. Charney: 600333/2007). This caused us to wonder: Has the litigation been settled?
Apparently not. Sources close to the case tell us that it hasn’t been settled and that there was a court hearing not too long ago. We don’t have more details, but if we get them, we’ll pass them along.
So what can we tell you?
1. S&C Man of Mystery Gera Grinberg — perhaps the critical witness in this case, who left the firm under mysterious circumstances — had his birthday last month. A reader pointed us to his attorney registration information on the New York courts website.
This tipster also noted that Grinberg’s attorney registration status was recently updated, but does not list an employer. This suggests he has not yet found new employment since leaving 125 Broad Street. Does anyone know where he might be?
2. Could the Charney case be affecting S&C’s recruiting this year? Possibly. We reprint an interesting tip, suggesting that it’s affecting the firm’s reputation, after the jump.
Do you have any inside info on the latest developments in the Charney case? If so, please drop us a line. Thanks.

A tipster sent us this interesting message:
“I haven’t logged on to Vault.com for a while. Did that today, surprised to see that in the regional rankings for NY, S&C has fallen to #5. Current NY rankings:”
1 Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
2 Cravath, Swaine & Moore
3 Davis Polk & Wardwell
4 Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
5 Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
6 Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and Associates
“Vault has regional rankings all the way back to 2000 (except 2002). S&C has had the #3 spot all this time, except in 2001, when DPW was #3. The only changes since 2003 has been Simpson & Skadden fighting for 5th & 6th spots.”
“Pretty significant fall, no? Could this all be the result of Charney?”
Gera Grinberg: Attorney Registration Status [New York State Unified Court System]
Prestige Rankings By Region: New York [Vault]

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