Book Review: A Law Unto Itself: The Untold Story of the Law Firm Sullivan & Cromwell

32 Pages Posted: 4 May 2009

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Erik M. Jensen

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Abstract

This essay reviews a book about the venerable Wall Street law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. Written when the firm was being hit by allegations of ethical impropriety - including suggestions that the firm had been welcoming to Nazi provincial governments in pre-War Germany - the book at times is sensationalistic in tone. And the book seems to view the firm as all-powerful. That characterization might make S&C lawyers happy - it’s good for business - but the authors sometimes forget that what they are writing about is just an often dull law firm.

Keywords: Law Firm Sullivan & Cromwell, A Law Unto Itself: The Untold Story of the Law Firm Sullivan & Cromwell, Nancy Lisagor, Frank Lipsius, Ethical Impropriety, Wall Street Law Firm

JEL Classification: K49

Suggested Citation

Jensen, Erik M., Book Review: A Law Unto Itself: The Untold Story of the Law Firm Sullivan & Cromwell. Columbia Business Law Review, Vol. 133, 1990. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1396399

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