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stack of bills cash money.jpgBiglaw bonus season is lurching towards its inevitable, anticlimactic close. Yesterday there were a few more announcements of market matching, from White & Case and Fried Frank.
Pretty standard-issue. The only noteworthy difference: the math-challenged folks at Fried Frank, instead of paying the class of 2006 the usual bonus of $30,000 prorated, announced a flat bonus of $10,000.
We didn’t receive these tips from verified sources at these firms. They came from anonymous ATL commenters, and from Infirmation / Greedy NY. So they haven’t been “confirmed” in the same way as prior bonus announcements.
But at this point, is confirmation really necessary? Do we need confirmation that the earth revolves around the sun, or that Justice Thomas is the least-active questioner at SCOTUS oral argument?
A memo, a table, and links, after the jump.

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musical chairs 2 Above the Law legal blog above the law legal tabloid above the law legal gossip site.GIFLateral Moves:
* Antitrust lawyer Paul Kaplan, to Bryan Cave (NY). from Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.
* Bankruptcy lawyer Alan Gover, to White & Case, from Dewey Ballantine, where he was co-head of the bankruptcy practice.
(Dewey Ballantine is the process of becoming Dewy Orifice. Perhaps Gover’s departure is related to the merger.)
* Same move, different city: energy lawyers Earle O’Donnell and Donna Attanasio, to White & Case from Dewey Ballantine, but in Washington rather than New York.
* Government contracts lawyers Gregory Smith and Kevin Mullen, to Cooley Godward Kronish, from DLA Piper.
New Office:
* Howrey has opened a New York office, headed by Thomas Engel and James McCarney, formerly of the litigation boutique Engel McCarney & Kenney (which Howrey swallowed up).
On The Move: Paul M. Kaplan to Bryan Cave [Antitrust Review]
Paul M. Kaplan Joins Bryan Cave in New York [Bryan Cave]
NY Practice Leader Switches Firms [NYLawyer.com]
Bonus Season Doesn’t Stop Partner Pair From Switching Firms [NYLawyer.com]
With Boutique Raid, Firm Opens NY Office [NYLawyer.com]
The Churn [New York Times]

Both Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes have a “message recall” feature. Of course, it’s a bit late for Emily Pataki to invoke it, so as to retract the office-wide email she sent to her White & Case colleagues about failing the New York bar exam.
But if Emily agrees with the majority of you, she probably wishes she had never sent that e-mail. Here are the results of our ATL reader poll:
Emily Pataki Poll Results Above the Law Emily Pataki Emily Pataki.JPG
We’re a bit surprised at the tally; we expected the vote to be closer. We didn’t think so many of you would disapprove of her handling of the situation. But this is your verdict, for what it’s worth.
Maybe the best advice can be found in this reader comment: “Repeat after me: an office wide email is never, ever a good idea.”
Earlier: Prior ATL coverage of Emily Pataki (scroll down)

Emily Pataki Emily Pataki Emily Pataki Above the Law Legal Blog.JPGPG of De Novo, in a post entitled Bad Judgment at White & Case and ATL, had this to say about our Emily Pataki coverage:

I’m disappointed to see that someone forwarded this to David Lat, and that he chose to publish it. The July 2006 New York Bar Exam pass list is not yet public, and while I might expect someone online to pick through the list when it is, pointing out people who were known to have taken the bar yet not passed, to publicize a single person’s failure and her reaction to it is a particular kind of bad taste that I hadn’t expected of either White & Case employees or of Above the Law.

Reprinted below is the comment that we left on De Novo in response:

I actually can’t take credit for breaking this story. I actually first learned about it in a mainstream media blog, the WSJ Law Blog:


But the Wall Street Journal didn’t break this story either. The source with the scoop was actually ANOTHER MSM blog, the New York Observer’s widely read politics blog, The Politicker:


So, PG, please don’t hang this all on me just because I’m a blogger (and we bloggers are such easy targets, especially on matters of journalistic ethics). I only touched this story after two MSM organs did — even though I had the email much earlier.

Of course, once the Wall Street Journal and the New York Observer decided to cover this story — a story which, you must admit, lies squarely within the territory of Above the Law — I couldn’t just sit on the sidelines.

PG posted a response to our response; if we get around to it, we’ll offer our rebuttal later today.
Bad Judgment at White & Case and ATL [De Novo]

Emily Pataki People for Pataki Above the Law.jpgAs we discussed yesterday, Emily Pataki — daughter of lame duck New York governor George Pataki, a graduate of Columbia Law School, and now an associate a supervised legal intern at White & Case — did not pass the New York bar. This fact became widely known after Emily sent around an office-wide email about the matter.
We’re taking a reader poll to obtain your thoughts on whether or not this was a wise move. We’ll close that poll soon; if you’d like to vote, click here. Several of you also discussed the issue in the comments (where opinions were all over the map).
Also, some of Emily Pataki’s law school classmates responded to our request for firsthand information about her. We’ve collected these responses, which you can read after the jump.

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Emily Pataki Emily Pataki Emily Pataki Above the Law Legal Blog.JPGFailing the New York State bar exam. And emailing her White & Case colleagues about it.
We’ve already covered this story; click here. But since it’s what everyone is buzzing about today, we’ll give in to your appetite for more discussion. Two requests for your assistance:

1. If you work at White & Case, went to Columbia Law School or Yale College with Emily Pataki, or are otherwise acquainted with her, we’d love to hear from you.

What’s Emily like in person? Any thoughts on why she didn’t pass? How are people at the firm reacting to her email? If you have information to share, please email us.

2. We’re curious about whether other people think it was wise or unwise for Emily to send out that mass email to her White & Case colleagues about her failing the New York bar exam.

So please share your views in the comments to this post. And cast your vote in this reader poll:

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Earlier: Political Kids and the Bar Exam: What Gives?

bar exam Emily Pataki New York bar exam Above the Law Legal Blog.JPGThe late JFK Jr. failed the New York State bar exam twice, before passing it on the third try. And now Emily Pataki, the highly attractive daughter of outgoing New York governor George Pataki, is halfway towards matching that feat.
Here’s the email message that Emily, an associate a supervised legal intern at White & Case in New York, sent to her colleagues yesterday morning, shortly after bar exam results were released:

From: Emily R. Pataki
Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 10:05 AM
To: NY All

There are many things I have been blessed and graced with in this life.

I am blessed to work at a brilliant place like White and Case. Although failing the Bar Exam is not something I would wish on my worst enemy, it is something I have to accept at this point in time.

I do not know all of you personally, and I may not ever get to know you all, but for those of you I’ve had the pleasure of working with and getting to know, I hope you know I did my very best, and have come to a crossroads where my best just was not good enough, the first time around.

I’ll try and keep my chin up and will work even harder to earn the respect of you all, please know already that you have mine.

Emily Pataki

Hmm… Emily, a graduate of Yale College and Columbia Law School, has impeccable academic credentials. She has obviously aced many a test in her life. So in the weeks leading up to the bar exam, was she spending too much time partying, and not enough time at BarBri?
But look, it’s a lovely and gracious e-mail. We commend Emily for her damage control skills. It’s a wise move to get in front of a story like this one, to manage the bad news (which would have gotten out sooner or later).
We’d also tell Emily not to be too hard on herself. In not passing the bar exam the first time around, she could very well be in good company.
P.S. While we have your attention, Emily: Please convince your dad not to pursue a doomed bid for the presidency. Thank you.
P.P.S. As is always the case here at ATL, please note that our merely linking to something does not constitute an endorsement or acceptance of the content we’ve linked to. The internets contain all kinds of crazy rumors.
First Setback [New York Observer via WSJ Law Blog]
Emily Pataki: Republican Babe of the Week [JerseyGOP.com]
Guessing Game Results: The Cokehead Daughter [Wonkette]

musical chairs above the law legal blog above the law legal tabloid above the law legal gossip site.GIFLateral Moves:
* Four litigation partners, and possibly a dozen associates, are leaving White & Case to join the New York office of Linklaters — a “Magic Circle” firm (insert squeal of delight here). The group’s practice focuses on white-collar criminal, antitrust, and other regulatory matters.
The four partners are Lawrence Byrne, a former assistant U.S. attorney (S.D.N.Y.) and deputy chief of the DOJ’s organized crime section; Joseph Armao, a former assistant district attorney in Manhattan; Lance Croffoot-Suede, who was hired by Linklaters based solely on his fabulous, British-sounding name; and Paul Alfieri, who was not.
* Corporate lawyer Michael Student and bankruptcy lawyer Neil Pigott, to Brown Rudnick Berlack Israels, from Holland & Knight and Mandel Katz, respectively.
* Private equity lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, to Jones Day, from Latham & Watkins.
From the New York Law Journal: “Mr. Kennedy is not related to the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator whose son is a well-known environmental lawyer and political activist.”
RFK. Jeez, poor guy. And it doesn’t even help him get restaurant reservations.
NY Firm Loses Four Partners, and 12 Associates May Follow [NYLawyer.com]
NY Partners Switching Firms [NYLawyer.com]
Firm Adds NY Private Equity Partner [NYLawyer.com]

musical chairs above the law legal blog above the law legal tabloid above the law legal gossip site.GIFOur summary of the most important or interesting moves within the profession. If you have any good gossip about these job changes and the players involved, or forthcoming announcements, please drop us a line (subject line: “Musical Chairs”).
Lateral Moves:
* Former federal prosecutor and white-collar criminal defense lawyer Walter Loughlin, to Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, from Latham & Watkins.
* Real estate lawyers Raymond Sanseverino, Richard Nardi, and Kenneth Sold, to Loeb & Loeb, from Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner.
* Litigator Keith Miller, to Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, from Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham.
* Corporate lawyer David Dedyo, to Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, from White & Case.
New Partners:
* Alston & Bird: Real estate lawyer William Stefko (from CWCapital LLC).
* Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler: Judge Michael Mukasey, returning to the firm after serving as a federal judge (S.D.N.Y.).
NY Litigation Partner Switches Firms [NYLawyer.com]
More NY Partners Switching Firms [NYLawyer.com]

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