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Friday, June 15, 2007

Law Firm to Apologize for Lawyer Telling Judge "You're a Few French Fries Short of a Happy Meal"

A follow up on our coverage (here and here) of the lawyer who told a judge in open court that she was "a few french fries short of a Happy Meal."  From today's Daily Business Review:  McDermott Chairman to Offer Firm's Apologies for Partner's Remark to Judge, by Daniel Ostrovsky:

Chicago attorney William P. Smith says he's very, very, very sorry for telling U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff she was "a few French fries short of a Happy Meal" during a May 7 court hearing in Miami. The chairman of McDermott Will & Emery, the Chicago-based firm whose bankruptcy practice Smith heads, is ready to prostrate himself before the judge as well.

According to a recent motion filed by the law firm, Harvey Freishtat, who heads the 1,000-lawyer firm, plans to fly to Miami for a hearing on Smith's comment. The motion states Freishtat will personally express "on behalf of the entire firm, to this court, to the other lawyers in this case, and to the other honorable judges of this District Court, [his firm's] sincere and deepest apology for the words used by Mr. Smith." The hearing is scheduled to take place June 20 at 11 a.m. before Isicoff.

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