Earlier this week, we shared an epic departure memo from the former marketing director at the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo LLP. In the memo, the woman (whom we nicknamed “Peggy Olson”) blasted her boss: “Of all the THOUSANDS of people I have met over the past 38 years, you are by far the most egotistical, self-absorbed, delusional, disrespectful and narcissistic person I have ever met.”
Well, it turns out that Michael A. DeMayo has some defenders in the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo. Or, at least one defender. Or maybe he’s defending himself?
Who knows. All we can tell you is that we received a fax (yes, not only do some people still use fax machines, but apparently Above the Law actually has one that we keep right next to our beepers and mercury-infused health drinks). It’s a full-throated defense of Michael DeMayo, replete with allegations that Peggy is going through a difficult situation that precipitated her departure memo meltdown.
We received this impassioned fax from “DeMayo Law Offices.” It begins:
Actually, copying the entire law office with Peggy’s letter might not have been the nicest thing in the world if you believe that Peggy had a momentary and inappropriate lack of judgment. The most compassionate thing might have been to just ignore it.
But the boss’s email is pretty awesome, at least in a “Mark Antony at Caesar’s funeral” kind of way. Here’s how DeMayo responded to Peggy’s scathing departure memo (in an email he cc’d to the entire firm):
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Caesar.
It’s entirely possible that DeMayo is a better person than we are. The fax we received goes on to list nine (9!) points about how DeMayo is an awesome guy. And it wraps up with a flourish:
As Data might say: “I can safely say, that to know him, was to love him. And to love him, was to know him… Those who knew him, loved him, while those who did not know him, loved him from afar.”
We’re not doing this fax justice. Take a look for yourselves. As you know, we believe in providing both sides to a story, including complete, original documents (when we have them).
On the next page, we’ve reprinted the email that DeMayo allegedly sent to his entire office after Peggy Olson’s meltdown. On the page after that, we’ve posted the entire, glorious fax that we received from DeMayo’s offices.