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DLA Piper Partner Picks A Penalty For Public Intoxication

I’m a man who likes to drink. In public. Often to the point of intoxication. So I’m not here to judge anybody who goes out and gets drunk. I’m not a hypocrite.

But I will say that it’s been a while since I went out on an epic bender. Something about getting older. You just feel the vomitous black-out coming on and it’s hard to push beyond that barrier.

Well, it’s hard for me. Maybe not so much for Laura L. Flippin. She’s a lawyer, a partner at DLA Piper. The Washington Post reports that last month she got charged with public intoxication.

The police report states that Laura Flippin’s blood alcohol level was .253, which is flippin’ epic…

I’m positive that I’ve been at .25 BAC, but not since I turned 30. I mean, if you don’t drink, it probably all looks the same to you. But if you are skilled in the ways of alcoholic consumption, you know that .253 represents some serious drinking. Here’s a little binge drinking calculator I found online:

7. BAC = .15 = This blood-alcohol level means the equivalent of 1/2 pint of whiskey is circulating in the blood stream.

8. BAC = .18-.25 = Drinkers are disoriented, confused, dizzy, and have exaggerated emotional states. Vision is disturbed, as is perception of color, form, motion, and dimensions.

Drinkers have increased pain threshold and lack of muscular coordination. Drinkers stagger or lose the ability to walk and have slurred speech. Apathy and lethargy are typical.

9. BAC = .25-.30 = Drinkers display general inertia, near total loss of motor functions, little response to stimuli, inability to stand or walk, vomiting, and incontinence. Drinkers may lose consciousness or fall into a stupor.

Laura Flippin

I mean, who doesn’t like drinking until you are too asleep to drink anymore?

It’s the kind of behavior you expect from people who know how to have a good time, not from a respected member of the legal profession like Laura Flippin. Before joining DLA Piper, this leading litigatrix chaired the litigation department in the D.C. office of Paul Hastings and worked at the White House for President George W. Bush.

Here are more details about the allegations against Flippin, from the Washington Post:

Laura L. Flippin, who was appointed to the board by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) last year, was cited for public intoxication at 12:45 a.m.on Sept. 23, according to a police report. Police said a preliminary breath test found Flippin’s blood alcohol level was .253. (The legal limit for driving after drinking is .08 in Virginia and most states.)

Williamsburg Police Chief David Sloggie said his department received a phone call early that morning about an intoxicated woman who had fallen near the Green Leafe Cafe, a popular bar near campus. He said officers found the “extremely intoxicated” woman on campus, “wobbling noticeably” and bleeding from a cut on the bridge of her nose.

Flippin was treated by medics, cited for public intoxication, and then taken to jail for several hours. “Usually you don’t leave there until you’re sober,” Sloggie said.

You’d think that somebody from DLA Piper’s Williamsburg office could have come to help out Ms. Flippin.

Or if nobody from DLA could help out, you’d think that her law school would have prepared her to hold her liquor in this situation:

She graduated from William and Mary in 1992 and earned a law degree from the University of Virginia in 1996. Flippin was previously a partner at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, and served as a special assistant to President George W. Bush at the White House, where she handled homeland security matters. She lives in Arlington.

In any event, I think I speak for many of the bros out there when I say that I think it’d be a bitchin’ good time to hang out with Flippin.

William & Mary Board of Visitors member charged with public intoxication on campus
[Washington Post]

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