In his lawsuit against former employer Blank Rome, partner Alfred Zaher contends he was terminated for hosting a special event at the firm. That involved those with alternate sexual orientations. But, as Kathryn Rubino reports in Abovethelaw.com, there could be a juicy backstory.
For example, there might have been a personality clash between Zaher and Blank Rome managing partner Alan J. Hoffman. Also, in this marketplace in which new business development is a zero-sum game, did other members of the firm want his book of business in intellectual property?
If this goes to trial, law students, associates, and even partners will learn what it takes to hold onto a job in BigLaw. My hunch is that the fundamentals aren't pretty.
Law students who have their eye on making it big in the legal sector have to figure out if they are enough of game players to win in this one. Over the past decade in operating this blog, most displaced lawyers confide to me what they perceive as their political mistakes. Being tossed out into the cold never seemed to involve work performance per se.