Pandemic Journal (# 8): Reconnecting with Family and Friends 

The imminent threat of death facing all of us from the COVID-19 Pandemic should prompt a desire to reconnect with family members and friends, including forgiving and reconciling with them and asking for the same from them for your misdeeds.[1] My wife and I have been doing that. My own family is small. We have … Continue reading Pandemic Journal (# 8): Reconnecting with Family and Friends 

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

Derek Chauvin Trial: Initial Commendations and Thank You’s

The first three weeks of the Chauvin trial focused on jury selection with opening statements scheduled for March 29th. These three weeks also prompt the following initial commendations and expressions of gratitude. [1] Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill [2] This judge as the chief architect of this performance has demonstrated rectitude, wisdom and … Continue reading Derek Chauvin Trial: Initial Commendations and Thank You’s

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

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

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

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

Star Pagination of Legal Materials

Detail-obsessive lawyers like to cite to specific pages in legal materials that support their factual or legal assertions. Sometimes court rules require them to do so. When the legal material appears in multiple versions, there is a similar desire to cite to the pages in the original version. As a result, publishers of the subsequent … Continue reading Star Pagination of Legal Materials

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