Thursday, September 5, 2019

This blog's web address

       I just noticed that this blog has twenty five posts. It's turning into a book. And these aren't forced posts. I don't have an article quota to fill, like you see in for-profit blogs. Every time I write a post, I assume it will be the last one. Then the press releases another troubling story related to O'Melveny, that needs to be included in this compendium. Assuming once again that this is the blog's last entry, I should take a moment to explain its odd web address.

       I picked the URL quickly when publishing the first post (which was intended to be the only post.) It was meant to fill an information gap in google. At that time, if you googled the three words "Brian Boyle torture," you would have seen dozens of articles criticizing Mr. Boyle's past, but none of them alerted you to the fact that this was the same Brian Boyle who heads the Financial Services Practice at O'Melveny. At the same time, if you googled "Brian Boyle" or "Brian Boyle O'Melveny," you wouldn't have seen any of those articles. In reflecting on what happened, I wished I had I known about his past before starting at O'Melveny. So I wanted to find a way to help others find it, so they could make informed decisions, whatever their viewpoint. The blog's web address and google would do that.

       But the blog was never really about Mr. Boyle. Not substantively. Even that first post wasn't really about Mr. Boyle. It was about O'Melveny's practice of forcing employees to sign mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements. It was also about O'Melveny's investigations of discrimination and sexual harassment complaints. It was meant to highlight the one-two combination that allows employers to get away with mistreating employees. Back then, if an employee complained, the company could simply do a sham investigation to exonerate the wrongdoer -- knowing the employee could never talk about what happened, or go to court. 

       Things are different now. Law students eventually persuaded law firms to stop using mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements. The attorney whose investigation I criticized in my original post, Adam Karr, was exposed for doing a reportedly flawed investigation at Lions Gate (and the victim in that case returned a seven-figure settlement to reveal this, meaning she is highly credible.) That one-two combination is not going to work at O'Melveny anymore.

       In light of what the blog turned into, I wish I had picked a different web address. Any way, I'm kind of stuck with it now, as I'm not sure how to change it without porting the entire site somehow, and the URL is linked in published articles. But that's the story behind it. 

       [Addendum: I finally figured out how to move the content to a new URL.]
Brian Boyle, Adam Karr, omm, omelveny

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