Bitter Lawyer

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Bitter Lawyer
Type of site
Current statusActive 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]


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


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]


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

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


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