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Dewey & LeBoeuf: A Visual Essay
(Or: Dewey know what Steve DiCarmine looks like?)

We have written thousands upon thousands of words about Dewey & LeBoeuf this week — in fact, this day. Covering this sad but fast-moving story has been exciting and exhausting.

We’re tired. So let’s resort to pictures, as we have in the past, to tell the Dewey story….

We previously mentioned that Geoffrey Raymond, aka the “greatest painter of our time,” was preparing a portrait of former Dewey chairman Steven Davis. As you may recall, Raymond has painted a number of controversial Wall Street figures, such as Dick Fuld of Lehman Brothers and Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs.

For a few days this past week, Geoff Raymond planted himself outside 1301 Avenue of the Americas with his portrait of Davis and some magic markers. He invited passers-by to scrawl on the painting whatever they might want to share with Davis but never got the chance to say. Raymond also inscribed on the painting some of the reader comments that were added to this ATL post.

Raymond recently wrote in to update us on his efforts. He attached a picture of the Steve Davis portrait and the following message:


Black–general public
Blue–on-site employees (current and ex)
Red–ATL submissions

A lot of the ATL submissions were obviously D&L employees, but rather than differentiating (without really knowing, in many cases) I decided to let the comments speak for themselves. Virtually all, except the truly extraneous, have been inscribed. Most verbatim; some truncated; none Bowdlerized. If that’s capitalized.

A couple of notes:

This is the best file I can send by email. The print is made from a sharper image.

I don’t know how you want to conduct the contest, but when is all said and done, I’m going to let you know what my favorite is. You may act accordingly.

Most of the painting was inscribed while listening to Workingman’s Dead (on vinyl — which is really lovely). It seemed appropriate.

There is actually plenty of room for more commentary (although I’ll have to start writing smaller).

The first print of the edition, signed by me and numbered 1/100, will be the prize. We can figure out delivery logistics at a later date. For those non-winners, it would be lovely if you could mention that I sell signed/numbered prints for $250, but don’t do it if it bugs you. If interested, people can email me directly using the above address []. All my work, including this one, can be seen, with prices, at

All the best,

ps–I told you it would look just like him.

And here’s how the painting looks right now. Click to enlarge and you can read some of the comments (e.g., “Thanks Steve, Steve, Joel & Mort”; “You’re off the bus now”; and “Karma is a bitch!”).

As you can see, the painting has come along quite nicely since the earlier version. The completed original will sell for $45,000, but Raymond offers a Dewey discount: “If you approach me with proof that you work or have worked at D&L in the recent past, I would happily reduce it.” For those of you whose Dewey & LeBoeuf pensions just got saved by the PBGC, this sounds like a fine way to spend the money, right?

(Okay, maybe not. But I could easily see a Davis enemy — one of the people who called for the Manhattan DA investigation, or a former D&L partner now at another firm — ponying up $45K for this painting. The gloating rights alone are easily worth that much.)

By the way, if you’re still interested in entering the contest for a signed print of the Steve Davis portrait, add your proposed portrait inscription to this post, as a comment. We’ll accept proposed inscriptions on this post throughout the weekend, and we’ll announce the winner next week.

Now, on to our next Dewey visuals: another sad sign photo, a picture of vending machine removal, and finally, a photo of the legendary — and legendarily tanned — Stephen DiCarmine, former executive director of Dewey & LeBoeuf….

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