Saturday, April 20, 2019

O'Melveny's values

       One of the refreshing aspects of the Mueller report, is the ethics shown by white house counsel Don McGahn. According to the report, the President pressured Mr. McGahn to fire Mr. Mueller and end the investigation, under the pretext that Mr. Mueller was conflicted. But despite feeling apprehensive and "worn down" -- Mr. McGahn stuck to his principles and said he would resign before firing Mr. Mueller.

       Could you imagine if one of the O'Melveny attorneys discussed in this blog were in Mr. McGahn's shoes? Seeing how they reportedly responded when faced with ethical issues, do you think they would have refused the president's request? Take the attorney who reportedly lied to a federal court and who, once caught in that lie by the discovery of documents, revealed his true colors by attacking the Geneva Convention -- would he have said no? Or the attorney who reportedly used violent imagery to threaten and humiliate a young sexual assault victim into submission -- would he have refused? Or the attorney who reportedly performed a sham investigation to exonerate an alleged sexual abuser -- would he have declined? (And please keep in mind that this blog is restricted to public news reports, which may be the tip of the iceberg.)

       O'Melveny's question for clients is: "What do you want to achieve?" The president wanted to get rid of Robert Mueller, and he wanted a legal pretext or machination to do that. That's what he wanted to achieve. Of course this is just a slogan and I am being facetious when I use it to explain the news stories linked in this blog. But then again, can you find one other law firm with a slogan that preemptively signals assent? I checked a dozen other law firm websites. They talk about their expertise, experience and accolades -- but there's nothing implying that they will do whatever you want.

       [Addendum: This post turned out to be more prescient than I thought.]
Daniel Petrocelli, Adam Karr, Brian Boyle