This morning, as part of our 2008 in Review series, we started to list the top 10 Biglaw stories of 2008. We kicked things off with the #5 story on the business side of the ledger: the trend of law firms granting more generous parental leave.
Now, on to the fun stuff: the year’s top five stories of a more gossipy nature. As we did before, we’ll start with number five and work our way up the list.
For the fifth-ranked gossip story, we actually have a two-way tie. Both stories share a common theme: sex and bad judgment.
Read about the #5 stories, after the jump.
Here’s the West headnotes version. Kirkland & Ellis partner Frederick Tanne sued his wife, alleging that she had an affair, contracted herpes, and gave it to him. Alas, based on blood testing, it now seems that Mrs. Tanne does not have genital herpes — but Mr. Tanne does.
The LSAT has a logical reasoning section, so we’ll let you connect the dots. For a more detailed write-up, see Kash’s original post.
The bad judgment in this second story is less egregious; it’s of a sartorial rather than sexual nature. But it still led to embarrassing results, in the form of a witness calling out a lawyer at a deposition for (presumably inadvertently) revealing attire. Wardrobe malfunctions: they’re not just for Janet Jackson any more.
“The prior 165 pages of the deposition are all him mumbling ‘yes…yes…’ in response to all of her impeaching questions, so it was a pretty smart move, all things considered.”
“When I start up a depo, I usually flop my dong out on the table just so people know what kind of girl they are dealing with.”
“You flop your DONG on the table so they know what GIRL they are dealing with…. Interesting…”
“4:10, yeah, that’s the joke. Congrats on keeping up with the pack, there, champ.”
To quote the last line of the transcript: “I’m done for the day.”