There were many excellent submissions. Let’s review and vote on the eight finalists….
There’s certainly news on both of these fronts. In Washington, for example, the firm is facing an eviction lawsuit. Dewey’s D.C. landlord, Property Group Partners, claims that the firm hasn’t paid $927,052 in rent on its 140,000 square feet of space.
In New York, home of Dewey’s headquarters at 1301 Avenue of the Americas, there’s bad news too. The Ben Benson’s steakhouse in the building, which was something of a company canteen for Dewey, is closing next month. Said a source: “Could it be that the building is cursed, ever since JC Penney moved out decades ago?”
Near the top of the 45-floor building, the office of Steven H. Davis, Dewey’s ex-chairman, is also getting packed up. This space, described to us as the “Taj Mahal” of law offices, is not what it once was.
Dewey have pictures? Most certainly….
- Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Contests, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Dorsey & Whitney, LeBoeuf Lamb, Pictures
If you’re looking for the latest news on the imploding law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf, check out Morning Docket. There are links about the ongoing criminal probe, an updated WARN Act notice, the firm’s claim that it is not “officially closed,” and a possible involuntary bankruptcy.
It might make sense for certain creditors to push the firm into bankruptcy, since under the status quo — i.e., the firm effectively liquidating itself outside of court — it’s not clear that similarly situated creditors are being treated equally. At the very least, there’s a lack of transparency, as bankruptcy lawyer Annette Jarvis of Dorsey & Whitney pointed out to Thomson Reuters. Jarvis represents one group of creditors that might be getting the short end of the stick: 51 retired partners from predecessor firm LeBoeuf Lamb, whose pensions could be in jeopardy.
As we’ve done in the past, let’s try to find some light amid the darkness. As one victim of the Dewey debacle told us, “Sometimes after you’re done crying about something, the best medicine is laughter.”
We agree. So, Dewey have a meme contest for you? Of course we do!
Keep reading for some sample Dewey memes, as well as the contest rules….
- Art, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dewey Ballantine, Dissolution, Heller Ehrman, Partner Issues, Pictures, Real Estate
We’re tired. So let’s resort to pictures, as we have in the past, to tell the Dewey story….
- Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dewey Ballantine, Dissolution, Law Firm Mergers, LeBoeuf Lamb, Money, Partner Issues, Reader Polls
Meanwhile, back on Earth and/or the rest of the internet, industry observers have been feeling a bit like voyeurs at a pre-mortem autopsy. Everyone agrees that the downfall of this once-great firm is hugely sad (well, nearly everyone), but there is less of a consensus about who or what is to blame.
Last week we asked the ATL readership for their take on where fault lies. Here’s what you had to say….
* I think I entirely agree with Eugene Volokh, who in turn agrees with the Eighth Circuit, which agreed with the lower court, that a school board is well within its rights to call a website unreliable. [The Volokh Conspiracy]
* Rajat Gupta’s lawyers are applying a defense they must have learned in grade school. [Dealbreaker]
* Do brown people in Arizona who are legal immigrants get extra time off school to deal with being hassled by any cop who wants to “check their status”? Didn’t think so. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Apparently, courtroom fashion only matters if you are attractive. [Huffington Post]
* Pit bulls are the black people of dogs. [Legal Blog Watch]
* I assume insurance lawyers check people’s Facebook history as a regular matter of course. [Not-So Private Parts / Forbes]
* R.I.P. Adam Yauch. All you sucker MCs better recognize. [What About Clients?]
- Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Crime, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dewey Ballantine, Dissolution, Kimba Wood, Law Firm Mergers, Law Firm Names, LeBoeuf Lamb, Money, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, White-Collar Crime
Let’s take a step back from the hurly-burly of day-to-day, hour-by-hour coverage of Dewey & LeBoeuf, the once-powerful law firm that could soon find itself in bankruptcy or dissolution. We will return to bringing you the latest Dewey news in tomorrow’s Morning Docket. (Of course, as you may have noticed, we added many updates to Tuesday night’s story; refresh that post for the newest developments.)
Let’s take a step back, and ask ourselves: Who is to blame for this sad state of affairs? And what lessons can be learned from the Dewey debacle?
- Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Dissolution, Paralegals, Partner Issues, Secretaries / Administrative Assistants, Staff Layoffs
Thus far, the story of Dewey & LeBoeuf has been told primarily from the perspective of lawyers. On the whole, the coverage has been quite partner-focused, centered on which partners are defecting to which rival law firms. There has been some discussion, but not a huge amount, of the plight of associates.
There has been even less discussion of the support staff. But if Dewey goes under, staffers will also lose their jobs. And in this day and age of law firms slashing staff, secretaries and paralegals may have a harder time finding new positions than attorneys.
Here is one paralegal’s perspective on what’s going on at D&L….
- Biglaw, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Headhunters / Recruiters, Lateral Moves, Layoffs, Money, Musical Chairs, Partner Issues, Partner Profits, Staff Layoffs
The rumor mill has been churning nonstop over the past week about Dewey & LeBoeuf. In our recent stories about the firm, we’ve discussed reports of financial difficulties, partner departures, and possible layoffs of lawyers and staff.
During this time, firm management has remained fairly tight-lipped. But earlier this evening — a Friday evening, of course — the firm broke its silence. Chairman Steven H. Davis sent out a firm-wide memo, acknowledging the rumors and confirming that yes, Dewey will be conducting some layoffs and engaging in other cost-cutting measures.
Let’s take a look at the memo….