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Lawyer turned Survivor contestant Charlie Herschel, right, with your above-signed writer (in the yellow Survivor do-rag).

As previously reported in these pages, Charlie Herschel — a 29-year-old, openly gay associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York — is a contestant on Survivor: Gabon, which had its two-hour season premiere last night. We’re pleased to report that Charlie is still in the running for the one million dollars. To read more about our handsome hero, including details of his friendship with fellow gay Clay Aiken, check out this interesting interview with Herschel in The Advocate.

Last night, we headed over to Professor Thom’s in the East Village, to attend a “Survivor” premiere party in Charlie’s honor. It was hosted by his employer, Weil Gotshal — which is doing well in the downturn, thanks in large part to its top-flight bankruptcy practice.

Correction: The party was not officially hosted by Weil, although many WGM attorneys were in attendance.

More discussion, plus a slideshow of party pics, after the jump.


Many firms are laying off attorneys, or even — in the case of Heller Ehrman — shutting their doors. But Weil is thriving, and was even doing a little recruiting at the event. One Weil partner was overheard talking, in dulcet tones, to a young lawyer currently at a nonprofit: “So… any interest in working for a law firm?”

The party attendees were a young and good-looking group (and a fair number were not lawyers). Check out the slideshow below, and judge for yourself.

Update: Yes, eagle-eyed commenters, we took the liberty of doing a little forehead photoshopping on ourselves. If you want to see the original, undoctored photo, we’ve added it to the slideshow as the final slide (or just click here).

Gay Survivor Spills a Reality Secret [Advocate.com]

Earlier: Another Law Firm ‘Survivor': Meet Charlie Herschel