When a Biglaw partner is accused of domestic violence, we can’t help but honor him as ATL’s Lawyer of the Day. But we must note that this article from the New York Daily News drips with lawyer hatred, in describing a case where the attorney was not convicted.
They didn’t even spell Cadwalader partner Ira Schacter’s name correctly. We’ve put the perceived lawyer hatin’ in bold:
A high-powered Manhattan lawyer was cleared of wife-beating charges Tuesday — even though cops said his estranged wife was hurt in a scuffle last fall at the couple’s East Side townhouse.
Ira Schachter, a partner at the white-shoe firm of Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft, was freed despite dramatic photos that appear to show him causing a commotion outside the pricey brownstone on E. 78th St.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Larry Stephen also scrapped an order of protection against Ira Schachter, 48, after prosecutors said they couldn’t prove the case against him….
Ira Schachter walked out of court surrounded by an entourage of powerful lawyers, including divorce lawyer Raoul Felder and Ira Sorkin, former head of enforcement at the federal Securities and Exchange Commission.
Not to say that beating your wife is okay. His wife claims he choked her, and police photos showed bruises on her head and neck. Schacter claimed it was self-defense after his wife bit his finger “to the bone.”
What do our sources have to say about Ira J. Schacter?
One tipster tells us that Ira Schacter is “awkward, very messy, constantly touching himself, a general slob. But not violent.” This tipster opines that Mrs. Schacter is “nuts” and that neither spouse is blameless, but that she was the one who ended up filing charges.
More opinions about Ira Schacter, from a second source:
Very strange guy and hard to describe — everyone suspected he had Asperger’s. He has very quirky mannerisms and a speech impediment…. But he has a ginormous book of business and is probably the only rainmaker in corporate outside of Dennis [Block]….
Not a particularly likable guy. Very controlling of his little fiefdom, and very nasty to anyone perceived to be hitting his bottom line.
I am loathe to blame what may be the victim or defend anyone at CWT, but his wife was known around the firm to be extremely abusive to everyone she came in contact with. [She] could be heard screaming obscenities at undeserving secretaries and Ira over the phone.
They sound like they were meant for each other. Now we are going to watch War of the Roses.
Upper East Side wife reels after judge clears husband of wife-beating charges [New York Daily News]