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Legally Rude

You can understand a lawyer’s being brusque with opposing counsel on a tough case. But to be obnoxious to a man offering you a job? That’s what one applicant at a law firm in Boston did in 2006.

Dianna Abdala, a young attorney, had been offered a position at the firm, but the job didn’t come with the salary and benefits she was expecting. Just before her start date, Abdala e-mailed the lawyer who had made the offer, William Korman, and declined it. The subsequent e-mail exchange degenerated to such a shocking extent that the entire thread made its way to inboxes around the country and eventually ended up in the hands of ABC’s “Nightline”–which published the messages for all to see:

Abdala: Dear Attorney Korman, At this time, I am writing to inform you that I will not be accepting your offer. After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the pay you are offering would neither fulfill me nor support the lifestyle I am living in light of the work I would be doing for you. I have decided instead to work for myself, and reap 100% of the benefits that I sow. Thank you for the interviews.

Korman: Dianna — Given that you had two interviews, were offered and accepted the job (indeed, you had a definite start date), I am surprised that you chose an e-mail and a 9:30 PM voicemail message to convey this information to me. It smacks of immaturity and is quite unprofessional. Indeed, I did rely upon your acceptance by ordering stationary [sic] and business cards with your name, reformatting a computer and setting up both internal and external e-mails for you here at the office. While I do not quarrel with your reasoning, I am extremely disappointed in the way this played out. I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.

Abdala: A real lawyer would have put the contract into writing and not exercised any such reliance until he did so. Again, thank you.

Korman: Thank you for the refresher course on contracts. This is not a bar exam question. You need to realize that this is a very small legal community, especially the criminal defense bar. Do you really want to start pissing off more experienced lawyers at this early stage of your career?

Abdala: bla bla bla

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3 Responses

  1. Almira says:

    That was funny, I dont agree with the way she handled herself, you think that someone who has spent their time at school would have more common sense. But, as you see here this is not the case.

    Good post, brother!

  2. emma says:

    haha
    this is hilarious!

    most likely no stationary was already ordered but that was just part of the intimidation he was aiming at.

  3. sukkar&filfil says:

    oh, what a shame. when he said “do you really wanna piss off more experienced lawyers at this stage of your career”, he meant “do you want me to interationally humiliate you”… shame!

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