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How to end your corporate law career with just one filing


Here’s a neat bit of Cancel Culture for you:

Barnes & Thornburg appears to have wasted no time in trying to repair its reputation after a Minneapolis partner dragged the firm’s name into Mike Lindell’s latest round of nonsensical legal ranting.

The firm says partner Alec Beck, who signed on as local counsel in the suit, is “no longer with the firm,” figuratively smothered out of his job by firm leaders wielding the unparalleled comfort and softness of a pillow not made by a recovering crackhead with a questionable grip on reality.

From The American Lawyer:

“Late last night, firm management became aware of the filing of the complaint, which was done without receiving firm authorization pursuant to internal firm approval procedures,” a Barnes & Thornburg spokesperson said Friday. “While the firm cannot comment substantively on pending matters, the firm is immediately taking the requisite steps to withdraw as local counsel in this matter and end the client relationship. The attorney representing the client in this matter is no longer with the firm.”

Whether he was fired or resigned isn’t spelled out but we don’t really need a lot of help to read between the lines of this statement.

They’ll do a lot of things but they won’t do that.

There’s an interesting practical question here, which is what are “respectable” law firms going to do when the standard Republican position on any important legal issue makes any lawyer presenting it in a formal legal filing vulnerable to Rule 11 sanctions?

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