As a young partner at Dunn & Sullivan, one of New York's most prestigious law firms, Carney Blake has represented dozens of high-profile clients. Read more...
As a young partner at Dunn & Sullivan, one of New York's most prestigious law firms, Carney Blake has represented dozens of high-profile clients. But being a pawn of Big Law often means defending the corporate dirt bags of the world--the spillers, the drillers, and the killers. Morality aside, Carney is starting to make a name for himself, despite having a father who resents his success and an unpredictable big brother bent on self-destruction. So when Carney is suddenly asked by his firm's chairman to represent the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit--and not, as usual, the corporate bad guys--he warily accepts. Maybe they're turning a corner, he thinks. And even if they aren't, when else has a junior partner been assigned such a major case, with a possible billion dollar payout? But Carney can't fool himself for very long. As he digs deeper into the case, he uncovers corruption and maliciously orchestrated schemes that go straight to the top of Dunn & Sullivan--along with the true motives behind his placement on the case. Written by former top litigator Ron Liebman, Big Law is a thrilling, fast-paced roman a clef that exposes the secrecy, deception, and machinations underlining America's most powerful mega-firms.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-12-05
- Reviewer: Staff
This initially intriguing legal thriller from Liebman (Jersey Law) centers on a big law firms efforts to finance risky litigation by seeking hedge fund help. Carney Blake has made partner at the Manhattan office of Dunn & Sullivan after eight years of toiling as an associate, an especially impressive achievement given the personal hurdles hes had to clear, including an abusive, alcoholic father. Carneys dumbfounded when the firms chairman assigns him a major new caserepresenting plaintiffs in a class-action suitand gives him sole responsibility for managing it. The explosion of a natural gas plant in India owned by the American conglomerate GRE has caused a Bhopal-like disaster, and though the victims Indian attorney succeeded in getting a judgment against GRE, he needs help to seize the corporations U.S. assets. Since the prologue, set two years after the events of the main narrative, shows Carney awaiting a jury verdictas a defendantreaders know up front that the litigation places him in jeopardy. As in Jersey Law, various subplots distract; the main story line is compelling enough to obviate the need for them. (Jan.)