“I really thought you were the real deal…”

After reviewing your website, I really thought you were the real deal. I didn't ask for your opinion earlier Mark.

[Link to article about rich guy's 1990s bankruptcy.]

Maybe if my dad had managed his risk more intelligently, I wouldn't have to steal.

I can't believe you refused to advise me. All I wanted to know is if you've seen or worked in any related cases and your opinion. Instead you said "You shouldn't be stealing".

That's to bad. With risk I take I could have become a big-time client of yours which after speaking with you I am sure, you have none.

The best of luck to you.

None of it is privileged—he's not seeking representation—but I chose not to publish the information that might identify this narcissistic jackass because his life is difficult enough already, what with his having to steal because his rich daddy went bankrupt when he was six, and my not helping him "manage his risk," and all.

Where do people get the idea that "the real deal" criminal-defense lawyer would advise crooks on how to get away with their crimes? Aside from being unethical and illegal, it'd be bad for business.

I'll be watching to see who winds up representing him, and harboring private doubts about that lawyer.

[Update: he hired a dabbler who lists criminal law among eight other fields. Big-time!]

(Soundtrack: Dan Cohen, Rabbit's Foot ("…livin' on luck like a small-time crook."))

Rabbit's Foot

4 responses to ““I really thought you were the real deal…””

  1. Mark- stupid punks say stupid punk things. The jackass’ notion that real criminal defense lawyers engage in ongoing nefarious activities is a notion that is not unique to the jackass. I believe the notion is driven by popular, yet inaccurate, television stereotypes as well as the behavior of some lawyers who are more criminal than lawyer.
    He was looking to hire a criminal with a bar card when he met you. Instead he met a lawyer who is dedicated to zealously and ethically representing his clients. Let him find his criminal with a bar card and let them both go to hell. ( in a limo)

    Robb Fickman

  2. Gee, I know you must be feeling really bad about losing out on such a big time client. I’ll send you a sympathy card.

  3. I don’t get it.

    You refused to represent him because he had been accused of stealing something?

    I get that he might not be the best client to have BUT would it really be unethical to represent him?

    Or was he asking you for advice on how to commit future crimes whilst avoiding detection?

    • He was asking for the latter kind of help – if not exactly that, then similar. Too many lawyers, though not necessarily the majority or even a large minority, have no problem with that as long as the money is good. Some even cultivate such clientele.

      Like Mark, I am clear that this is unethical and illegal. Clearly, legal ethics training is not fully effective, and criminal detection can be a problem (big topic for another day). Worse, some lawyer regulatory codes do not specifically address the issue.

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