HUSTLE AND FLOW (AND PARENTING)
If you thought the tale of Anna Gristina—the soccer mom accused of being the ruthless leader of a prostitution ring catering to wealthy, powerful clients that’s supposedly corrupted New York City’s most ostensibly incorruptible people (like the D.A.’s office)—was just a New York story, you were wrong. Matt Lauer interviewed her from Rikers Island for this morning’s Today show. Notable moments:
A moderately hysterical piece of pop culture ephemera/crime appeared in the New York Post this weekend, with a follow-up this morning: Something about Drake, a lawyer, and a stolen Rolex? Here is a perfect example of a story that makes little to no sense, no matter how you decide to hear it.
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Well, it wasn’t long, but Gawker’s Fox News Mole, Joe Muto, was nabbed. Meanwhile, sometime after Fox News chief Roger Ailes joked to the New York Times‘ David Carr about the incident (“‘I am the Fox Mole,’ he told me, then quickly added. ‘Who cares? We have nothing to hide.’”) Roger Ailes and Fox News demonstrated just how much they care. By sending to Gawker a vague legal threat with the clear aim of scaring the blog posts back into Muto’s id, where they will never emerge from again.
Naturally, Gawker published that legal threat (alongside an old picture of Bill O’Reilly with topless women, of course). Entertaining as it is, we’ve taken the liberty of annotating the best parts of Fox’s legal letter to Gawker, right here:
GOD. DAMN. LAWYERS.
Disgraced Galleon Group chief Raj Rajaratnam—better known to the world as “Big Raj” or simply “Raj Raj”—was sent to the slammer for 11 years after being busted for insider trading last year, in what was 2011′s most high-profile financial crime trial. Now one of the guys who helped send him there is moving to greener pastures. “Greener,” as in, he’ll be making exponentially more cash likely defending the guys he used to send to the pen. This is how the world works!
GOD. DAMN. LAWYERS.
How do you get a law firm to return the $5.5M they put in an escrow account for you that one of their lawyers then embezzled and ran off to Hong Kong with?
Looks like the legal profession just doesn’t pay like it used to.
Behind every big real estate transaction is a phalanx of attorneys ticking off the billable hours. But in a slowly recovering market, with tepid lending and almost no new development, what exactly is the role of a real estate lawyer? Much more than dollar amounts are being negotiated, that’s for sure. And what differentiates one firm from the next?
We tapped the top New York City real estate practices and asked them these questions.
As chair of law firm Greenberg Traurig’s Global Real Estate Practice and its New York office—not to mention co-chair of its national Real Estate Investment Trust group—veteran attorney Robert Ivanhoe has, for more than 30 years, represented most of the city’s heaviest real estate hitters. Mr. Ivanhoe, 58, talked about the still-changing face of commercial real estate in the aftermath of the economic collapse, the re-emergence of C.M.B.S., and his relationship with Jonathan Mechanic.
The jury’s verdict is in, and it has found Raj Rajaratnam guilty on all 14 counts. Preet Bharara is gloating and lead prosecutor Jonathan Streeter has won a formidable battle in his biggest case yet (although the defense will certainly appeal.)
But what, one must wonder, does the verdict mean for the future of Read More
“I nanny in the afternoons. Yes, that is how I use my J.D.!” a 28-year-old woman wrote in an email to The Observer.
We met her last Friday at a West Village coffee shop filled with well-heeled bohemians sipping mid-morning lattes. The wistful Southern brunette rested one elbow on the table, a delicate engagement ring Read More