Last month, we reported on the latest adventures of Deidre Dare, the sexy expat lawyer who once worked in the Moscow office of Allen & Overy. Her London lawsuit against the firm was dismissed, but Dare is now suing A&O here in New York, seeking $35 million in punitive and compensatory damages.
In the same post, we mentioned that Dare was seeking to raise $25,000 to publish Expat, a book based on her time in Allen & Overy’s Moscow office. Dare described it as “a novel about a group of Westerners living and working in Moscow, Russia and their extravagant but dangerous lifestyle,” with a plot “inspired by a British Petroleum scandal that happened when I was there.”
Dare was trying to raise the $25K on Kickstarter, the popular website that serves as a fundraising platform for creative types with a surplus of ideas and a shortage of cash. Did she succeed?
Why yes she did! Over the weekend, Dare achieved (and even exceeded) her funding goal:
Congratulations, Deidre! I must admit, I was a bit skeptical when I first heard about this project — trying to raise $25K from strangers over the internet is a tall order. But I should never have underestimated the resourcefulness of a Columbia Law grad who spent years living and working in Moscow (not a city for the faint of heart).
I reached out to Deidre Dare by email, to congratulate her on the successful fundraising and seek comment. She responded:
Thank you, David. A&O keeps trying to starve me out — and I keep finding ways to survive. They really have no idea how tenacious I can be, and I will ultimately get them because they’re a bunch of idiots. (I know that firsthand because I worked there — they can’t compare to American firms and they know it).
Ouch — that’s cold. But these days A&O may have bigger PR problems than an associate gone rogue.
If you’re eagerly anticipating Expat, you have a wait ahead of you. Deidre Dare (aka Deidre Clark) informs us that the book isn’t coming out until next year.
We suspect that Allen & Overy does not object to the delay.
ЭКСПАТ, n. Expat [Kickstarter]