Trope and Trope

If you’ve messed up and managed to get married without an airtight prenup, you’re going to have a messy divorce. Unless you have a fairy tale romance that can never be torn asunder, but statistically you don’t, so you should be planning for divorce. And congratulations to our gay brothers and sisters — with Illinois joining the 21st century this week as the 15th state to legalize same-sex marriage, you too will soon have to begin planning for divorces.

But when you get divorced, who should you hire to represent you? One publication has compiled its list of the 10 divorce lawyers you don’t want across the table from you….

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Gilbert Arenas

* Remember the law firm screw-up that revealed juicy dish about NBA star Gilbert Arenas and his ex-fiancee, Laura Govan? Here’s an update. [Reliable Source / Washington Post]

* Musical chairs: King & Spalding picks up 14 litigators from Filice Brown. [The Recorder via ABA Journal]

* Be careful when buying up Google search terms — or you might end up owing $300K to the hat-sporting advocates at Binder & Binder. [Legal Skills Prof Blog]

* It seems that Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the plaintiff in a dubious defamation action, has his hand in a second suit — this time against Cadwalader. [Am Law Daily]

* In the wake of the tragic killing of Chief Judge John Roll, it’s probably unwise for a politician to call for putting federal judges “on the Endangered Species list.” [TPMDC]

* A tipster has the credited blurb for this article on judges in France: “Insert French surrender joke here.” [USA Today]

Santa convention? No, just French judges.

* A (rather cute) male associate named William stands accused of sending around pictures of his Greg. [The Dirty]

* If you’ll be in NYC on February 23, come to the annual dinner of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, which I’ll be emceeing once again. [AABANY]

* Looking for a job — or for a new employee? Don’t forget the ATL job board. [Above the Law Jobs Board]

Full disclosure: Gilbert Arenas is one of my favorite basketball players. Sure, he’s a selfish, me-first player. And he seems to be one of the gun-nut whackos I would never want as a neighbor. But the man is the author of one of the best quotes of all time.

Check out Deadspin for Gilbert’s full thoughts on shark attacks. Here’s the kicker:

So if you’re swimming in the water and a shark bites you, that’s called trespassing. That is called trespassing. That is not a shark attack.

A shark attack is if you’re chilling at home, sitting on your couch, and a shark comes in and bites you; now that’s a shark attack. Now, if you’re chilling in the water, that is called invasion of space. So I have never heard of a shark attack.

Arenas is a gunner on the court and off the court, and he would certainly be one in the legal classroom.

So who knows, maybe he would make a great lawyer? He can’t be much worse than the lawyers at Trope and Trope. That’s the name of the law firm representing Arenas’s ex-girlfriend in legal proceedings against the star athlete.

And thanks to Trope, we know everything the woman is alleging against Arenas. Apparently Trope can’t keep its documents in order….

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