Bitter Lawyer

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Bitter Lawyer
Type of site
Blog
Website http://www.bitterlawyer.com/
Commercial Yes
Current status Active

BitterLawyer.com is a legal humor and news blog targeted at disgruntled lawyers. The site features a webshow titled Living the Dream, created by Rick Eid, which follows the bumblings of fictional big law junior associate Nick Conley (played by John T. Woods).[1] Accompanying blog posts describe the real-life inspirations behind each webisode. There are also many columns: an advice column authored by "an Ex-Bitter"; "Associate Abuse," which posts associate war stories from all over; "Bitter by Numbers," an opinion column appearing in list form; "Loose Ends," which covers legal news; "Bitter Rant," which posts lawyer rants from all over; "Pictures Framed," which posts images or illustrations of lawyers and invites readers to submit captions; and "Temper(a)mental," written from the point of view of a legal temp.[2]

Contributors[edit]

Creator of the site Rick Eid is executive producer of the CBS series The Ex List.[3] He has also been a producer and writer for the television shows Law & Order, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Conviction (which he created[citation needed]) and The Guardian. He is also a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom associate and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips partner.[4][not in citation given]

Current contributors include:

  • "Ex-Bitter," a former BigLaw partner.
  • "Law Firm 10," formerly a BigLaw associate in Chicago.

Former contributors include:

  • "Matthew Richardson," a mergers and acquisitions BigLaw associate in New York.
  • Michael Estrin, a former lawyer and full-time writer.
  • Philadelphia Lawyer
  • BL1Y

Recognition[edit]

Bitter Lawyer was ranked in the ABA Journal Blawg 100 in the "Lighter Fare" category, calling the blog "a category killer for legal humor websites."[5]

In 2010 Bitter Lawyer won a Webby for best legal website.[6]

Notable Interviews[edit]

Bitter Lawyer regularly interviews celebrities with a connection to the legal community, typically people were formerly lawyers but have since made a name for themselves in another profession.[7] Past interviews have included:

Eugene Volokh of "The Volokh Conspiracy,"[8] humorist and author Tucker Max,[9] author Elizabeth Wurtzel,[10][11] Jeff Marx, composer for Avenue Q,[12] cartoonist Stephan Pastis,[13] author Jeffrey Toobin,[14] Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach,[15] and Joe Escalante, owner of Kung Fu Records.[16]

Ownership[edit]

In April 2011, Bitter Lawyer was acquired by the owners of Lawyerist.com.[17]

In May 2014, Lawyerist sold Bitter Lawyer to Bitter Empire, LLC, a company owned by Lisa Needham and Joline Zepcevski.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eid, Rick (October 1, 2008). Dream Life, The Second Act. Forbes.com.
  2. ^ Living the dream blog. Abajournal.com. Blawgs directory.
  3. ^ The Ex List. IMDb.com.
  4. ^ Abajournal.com
  5. ^ The 2009 ABA Journal Blawg 100. Abajournal.com. 2009.
  6. ^ Webbies for Law sites Archived April 30, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.. Webbyawards.com.
  7. ^ Recent Interviews. Bitterlawyer.com.
  8. ^ "Eugene Volokh: Un-American legal conspirator?". Bitterlawyer.com, January 11, 2010.
  9. ^ "Tucker Max - The anti-lawyer". Bitterlawyer.com, August 25, 2009.
  10. ^ "Bitter Lawyer Loves Elizabeth Wurtzel – Part 1". Bitterlawyer.com, July 23, 2009.
  11. ^ "Bitter Lawyer Loves Elizabeth Wurtzel – Part 2". Bitterlawyer.com, July 24, 2009]
  12. ^ "Jeff Marx: JD to Avenue Q". Bitterlawyer.com, August 5, 2009.
  13. ^ "Stephan Pastis: Rat, Pig, Lawyer". Bitterlawyer.com, June 2, 2009.
  14. ^ "Jeffrey Toobin: ‘Supreme’ Writer". Bitterlaywer.com, May 27, 2009.
  15. ^ "Mike Leach: Texas Tech Head Coach, J.D." Bitterlawyer.com, May 11, 2009.
  16. ^ "Joe Escalante, Owner, Kung Fu Records". Bitterlawyer.com, November 20, 2008.
  17. ^ Lawyerist Acquires Legal Humor Website Bitter Lawyer Archived April 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. Lawyerist.com, April 14, 2011.
  18. ^ Empire State Of Mind. BitterEmpire.com, August 20, 2014.