The Joy of Researching and Writing About Edward B. Burling and Joseph Welch

Previous posts have reviewed many aspects of the lives of Edward B. Burling, a prominent Washington, D.C. attorney, and of Joseph Welch, a prominent Boston attorney. (See Appendices A and B.) Those posts are the result of extensive research over many years and in many places besides Internet research on my home computer. Now I … Continue reading The Joy of Researching and Writing About Edward B. Burling and Joseph Welch

Wall Street Law Firm Increases Attorneys’ Compensation

On June 6, the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, the crème de la crème of Wall Street law firms, announced that it was increasing the salary for new attorneys just out of law school to $180,000 and for eighth-year associate attorneys to $315,000. (At the end of the eighth year an associate attorney … Continue reading Wall Street Law Firm Increases Attorneys’ Compensation

Litigation Over an Early Compact Fluorescent Lamp

In 1988 the Faegre & Benson law firm of Minneapolis was retained to defend the Phillips Lighting Company [1] in a civil lawsuit brought in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, and I was assigned as the lead attorney for the case.[2] The plaintiff was Ibac Industries, Inc. of Princeton, Minnesota, a small town … Continue reading Litigation Over an Early Compact Fluorescent Lamp

Gratitude I

It is so easy to credit all of your successes to your own talents and hard work. I know that I too often do that. Lately, however, I am pausing to acknowledge the many blessings in my life. My mother and father, Marian Frances Brown and Ward Glenn Krohnke, were directly responsible for endowing me … Continue reading Gratitude I

Intimations of Mortality

I am in excellent health. Like most people I try to take each day as it comes. Each day requires a “To Do” list and running around doing this and that. More of the same, day after day. Recently, however, there have been reminders of human mortality, including my own. Over the last several years … Continue reading Intimations of Mortality

Litigating Against Scientology

In the mid-1990s one of my partners in the Denver office of Faegre & Benson was retained to represent Arnoldo Lerma, who had been sued by the Religious Technology Center, an affiliate of the Church of Scientology. The complaint alleged copyright infringement and misappropriation of trade secrets by Lerma’s posting certain Scientology documents on the … Continue reading Litigating Against Scientology

Accounting for Horses, Cattle and Catfish

The Faegre & Benson law firm developed a significant practice of representing accounting firms that had been sued for accounting malpractice. For example, I represented four of what were known as The Big Five accounting firms: Arthur Anderson, Coopers & Lybrand (Coopers), Deloitte & Touche and KPMG Peat Marwick. Another partner had primary responsibility for … Continue reading Accounting for Horses, Cattle and Catfish

Intraocular Lenses Litigation

Intraocular lenses or IOLs are artificial lenses implanted by ophthalmologists in the human eye to correct vision loss resulting from removal of the eye’s natural crystalline lens during cataract surgery. Since at the least the mid-1950’s, IOLs have been an acceptable mode of treatment.[1] As of 1985 there were 17 to 20 manufacturers of IOLs … Continue reading Intraocular Lenses Litigation

The Flight Transportation Corporation Litigation

In June 1982, all kinds of litigation erupted in Minnesota’s federal court[1] involving Flight Transportation Corporation (FTC), a Minnesota-based company that purported to provide small-aircraft charter service. The first case was by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against FTC, its subsidiaries, and its CEO and Chairman of the Board, William Rubin. The SEC … Continue reading The Flight Transportation Corporation Litigation

Artificial Insemination of Cattle

U.S. dairy farmers and beef producers frequently form cooperatives to purchase and maintain equipment for the artificial insemination of cattle and to hire and train people to be the technicians to perform the insemination. Farmers often believed that some of these technicians were better at their craft than others. In the 1970s two competitive cooperatives–one … Continue reading Artificial Insemination of Cattle