Along the way they can not only lose their freedom but also their license. And, worse. Some commit suicide before having to show up for incarceration.
Well, the journalists at Abovethelaw - all lawyers - are beyond being puzzled.
In fact, they have established a new kind of pedigree. That's the worst-behaved lawyers.
Today, Kathryn Rubino is conducting voting for whom Abovethelaw readers determine is the worst of the worst. I hate this to be a spoiler but the winners, at least so far, are John O'Brien and Ted Freedman. Here you can read all about it.
Rubino's focus is on the miscreants in BigLaw.
But there are also plenty in SmallLaw and boutiques whose behavior seems downright bizarre. Take Mickey Sherman, once the go-to if you or your kid were in trouble in Connecticut. He even defended (unsuccessfully) Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.
However, Sherman wound up in the slammer for not paying $1.1 million in taxes. He did not grow up rich in the town of extreme wealth - Greenwich, CT - so maybe he developed a chip on his shoulder. The why lawyers cross that line to illegal decision-making is the meme a contemporary Shakespeare must write a tragedy about.
Sherman did have a comeback of sorts. He was able to get back his license to practice law.
Unfortunately, too many of those who have a self-induced reversal of fortune are not as resilient as Sherman. They continue on a downward trajectory.
The bar might warn them: Most of you can't handle being on the other side of success. So, don't break the law. The consequences will destroy you. Buddy, we have seen it all ...
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