Barnes & Thornburg seems to have wasted no time in attempting to fix its fame after a Minneapolis companion dragged the agency’s title into Mike Lindell’s newest spherical of nonsensical authorized ranting.
The agency says companion Alec Beck, who signed on as native counsel within the swimsuit, is “no longer with the firm,” figuratively smothered out of his job by agency leaders wielding the unparalleled consolation and softness of a pillow not made by a recovering crackhead with a questionable grip on actuality.
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 stated 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 however we don’t really want a whole lot of assist to learn between the strains of this assertion.
It could also be unfair to tie this complete affair to broader themes of legislation agency administration, however occasions like these make one surprise in regards to the transition of legislation companies from collegial, lockstep companion compensation fashions from yesteryear to the extra complicated, performance-linked fashions of in the present day. The latter have made companies extra aggressive and virtually assuredly extra worthwhile, but it surely additionally invitations the form of “fiefdom” approach that results in satellite workplace companions throwing the agency into lawsuits to earn some money for themselves even when these suits are damaging to the agency as an entire. Internal management measures can by no means completely police the divided loyalties that include worrying about your individual pocket and the agency’s on the identical time.
That’s to not say that companies ought to flip again the clock particularly. Paying companions what they’re value improves the agency over the lengthy haul. But it’s only a reminder that modernization is just not with out its downsides.
In any occasion, Alec Beck, you make your mattress, now lie in it with a complementary MyPillow!
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