First, Smear All the Lawyers

In Servants of the Damned, his alleged exposé of the evils of the Big Law, David Rich getting one thing right – Jones Day is a global law firm with 2,400 attorneys and 42 offices on five continents and a 130-year history of diligently representing clients. Other than that, his portrayal of Jones Day and the legal profession bears little resemblance to reality. Indeed, Mr. Enrich’s insistence that some of Jones Day’s clients – whom he calls the “damned” – should not be able to secure competent legal representation and is entirely at odds with our common law tradition. According to this tradition, truth and justice are ensured through a fiercely contested adversarial system in which all litigants are represented by lawyers.

Mr. Enrich’s thesis that Jones Day is a “right-wing” institution mischaracterizes the company. As many of Jones Day’s attorneys told him, the firm represents clients, not causes; it has no political agenda. Jones Day’s attorneys cover the entire political spectrum, supporting Democratic and Republican candidates alike. (I’m a Democrat.) While the vast majority of Jones Day’s work has nothing to do with government or politics, the firm represents clients seeking to challenge regulations. It defends clients from lawsuits, investigations and prosecutions, and sometimes represents clients running for public office. First, Smear All the Lawyers

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