The Darkness Visible: Litigation Stories & Lawrence Joseph's Lawyerland

26 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2010

Date Written: 2003


Once upon a time I worked for a firm on the Gold Coast in the suburbs in Connecticut. We were affectionately known to the legal community as The Professional Bastards of Fairfield County. Tough guys. Litigators. I worked for the two senior litigators, David and Mac, mostly. David’s father was one of the founders of the firm. Already in his eighties, he still came into the office nearly everyday. Mac called him the Old Man or, more bitterly, “The Ointment” because of his initials, “A.D.” as in “A&D Ointment.” The firm was all angry men who didn’t seem to like one another very much; in fact, they didn’t seem to like anybody. I didn’t fit the type, but I could write. I had taught legal writing, and so the partners, ironically, and mockingly, called me “The Professor.”

Keywords: Storytelling, Litigation, Legal Writing, Lawyering

Suggested Citation

Meyer, Philip N., The Darkness Visible: Litigation Stories & Lawrence Joseph's Lawyerland (2003). Syracuse Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 4, p. 1311, 2003, Available at SSRN:

Philip N. Meyer (Contact Author)

Vermont Law School ( email )

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P.O. Box 60
South Royalton, VT 05068
United States

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