- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: University of Michigan Press (December 22, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0472031600
- ISBN-13: 978-0472031603
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,271,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eat What You Kill: The Fall of a Wall Street Lawyer
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"The book makes for sobering reading, precisely because it is about much more than the downfall of an individual lawyer or a black eye to a prestigious firm.... If you read only one book about the legal profession this year, let it be Eat What You Kill. - National Law Review "This is a spell-binding book that... does for corporate and bankruptcy law what A Civil Action did to illuminate the practice of personal injury law.... It is no puffery to describe [it] as a spellbinder and a page-turner.... [Eat What You Kill] deserves to be adopted as supplemental reading in courses in legal ethics, bankruptcy, corporate law, and for courses in the legal professions..." - Michael L. Rustad, Thomas F. Lambert Jr. Professor of Law & Co-Director of Intellectual Property Law Program, Suffolk University Law School "Eat What You Kill is gripping and well written.... It weaves in academic commentary and understanding of professional ethics issues in a way that makes it accessible to everyone." - Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego Law School"
About the Author
Milton C. Regan, Jr., is Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center.
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If you are time-constrained, and would benefit from a broader look at several varied practice areas and lawyers' stories, in similar time-frames, with compact but excellent discussion, I recommend Lawyers Crossing Lines: Nine Stories by James L. Kelley. That book is amazingly readable alongside being informative and well-briefed law-wise.
The analysis is thoughtful and nuanced -- but let's face it, bankruptcy litigation ain't the stuff of high drama. Even worse, the author never won the cooperation of the lying lawyer, leaving a huge hole at the center of the narrative. The page/insight ratio is just too high for the book to get more than three stars.
Elite lawyers ply their trade in a bleak moral landscape. In what may be the greatest waste of human intellect since medieval monasticism, our legal high priests squander their superb educations devising strategies to preserve and augment the fortunes of people who already have too much money for their own good. In the process, the lawyers earn piles of money for themselves, but only by working 12-hour days, like deskbound slaves. Selling one's soul for cash is a grotesque bargain -- but we don't need "Eat What You Kill" to know that!
Bottom line: "Eat What You Kill" isn't for everyone, but it is highly recommended for law students having second thoughts. It is also recommended for practicing lawyers coming to terms with the meaning of their lives.
I thought that the contrast it develops between the somewhat relaxed conflict rules that have developed in the world of M + A and Investments and the very different rules that apply in contentious matters (not something that I had thought about before) is really useful. It also brings out the real risks that arise when these two worlds collide. It made me wonder about the extent to which relaxed conflict rules were a contributor to the financial meltdown that we have just seen.
Enjoyable to read and carries some important lessons that are hugely relevant to all lawyers in private practice. Make sure someone in your firm has read it!
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