Foley & Larder LLP would like you to know that none of its 1,100 lawyers—give or take, ‘cause you never know exactly how many you have at any given time—was ‘sposed to get involved in contesting the November election. Thus, Foley & Lardner LLP would very much like you to know that it is, collectively speaking, very curious to know what what the bleeding hell one of its senior partners was doing in the White House sitting in on a conference call where Dear Leader was trying to rig an election.
As a general rule, Biglaw firm partners are not supposed to get caught in conference rooms committing crimes. Just not the done thing, don’t you know?
Enquiring Minds at Foley & Larder LLP want to know what the hell is going on. Hence a little press release issued earlier today:
Foley & Lardner LLP is not representing any parties seeking to contest the results of the presidential election. In November, the firm made a policy decision not to take on any representation of any party in connection with matters related to the presidential election results. Our policy did allow our attorneys to participate in observing election recounts and similar actions on a voluntary basis in their individual capacity as private citizens so long as they did not act as legal advisers. We are aware of, and are concerned by, Ms. Mitchell’s participation in the January 2 conference call and are working to understand her involvement more thoroughly.
It will be noted that, at firms like Foley & Lardner LLP, a partner cannot just accept new business without involving the firm’s administration in addressing any conflicts of interest–and in determining whether the proposed client is the kind of client the firm is willing to represent.
Particularly disfavored are potential clients who are likely to welch on their legal fees.
Dear Leader would not have passed that test.