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A Biglaw Partner’s Big Twitter Meltdown

Go f@ck yourself and die.

Steven M. Regan, a partner at Reed Smith, telling the folks at SCOTUSblog how he really feels, via Twitter.

(What on earth could have inspired Regan to act this way? Keep reading to find out.)

First and foremost, this tweet was actually sent by a Biglaw partner. This was his Twitter bio:

Shortly after the tweet heard around the world went out, Regan deleted his account on the social networking site. Here’s the somewhat snarky response his anger elicited from SCOTUSblog:

It appears that Regan, mistaking the Twitter feed of SCOTUSblog for an official Twitter feed of the U.S. Supreme Court, wanted to weigh in on the Court’s recent decision to hear a challenge to EPA regulations about greenhouse gas emissions. He originally tweeted: “@SCOTUSblog – Don’t screw up this like ACA [Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare]. No such thing as greenhouse gas. Carbon is necessary for life.” After SCOTUSblog tweeted back “Intelligent life?”, Regan dropped the F-bomb. (If you’d like, you can read related tweets over here.)

It seemed odd that a Biglaw partner would use profanity over Twitter (usually such language is reserved for emails from ex-Dewey “f**kwads”). We wondered if Regan wasn’t himself yesterday for some reason, so we reached out to him for comment. Here’s the out-of-office response we received:

I will be out of the office on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 attending a family funeral. I will return to the office on Thursday, October 17, 2013. I will have limited access to voicemail and email.

Our condolences, Steve, but here’s a little tip from your friends at ATL: perhaps you shouldn’t wish death upon others before attending a family funeral. Your behavior last night was très déclassé.

UPDATE (10/18/2013, 12:40 p.m.): We reached out for comment to Reed Smith, which did not get back to us prior to publication, but the firm has now issued a statement to Roll On Friday.

Being an expert climatologist…. [Twitter]

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