In the Shadow of the Law

In the Shadow of the Law

Book - 2005
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Morgan Siler is one of Washington, D.C.'s most powerful K Street law firms, its roster of clients stocked with multi-billion-dollar corporations. Through the obsessive efforts of its founder's son, Peter Morgan, his father's old-fashioned business has been transformed into a veritable goliath, embracing bankruptcy and merger divisions that Archibald Morgan had deemed ungentlemanly. As Peter reaches the pinnacle of his career, his firm is embroiled in two difficult cases: a pro bono death-penalty case in Virginia, and a class-action lawsuit brought against Hubble Chemical of Texas after an on-site explosion killed dozens of workers. Assigned to these cases is a group of young associates and seasoned partners struggling to make their way in the firm. Mark Clayton, fresh out of law school, is beginning to loathe his dull workload, and to be frightened by the downgrading of his personal life, when he is assigned to the pro bono case. Assisting him is the mercurial Walker Eliot, a brilliant third-year associate whose passion for the law is as great as his skill at unraveling its intricacies. The aggressive, profane, and wildly successful litigator Harold Fineman is leading the Hubble defense, assisted by first-year Katja Phillips, whose twin devotion to productivity and idealism intrigue him, and Ryan Grady, another first-year, whose quest to pick up girls is starting to interfere with his work. In this complex, ambitious, and gripping first novel, Kermit Roosevelt vividly illustrates the subtle and stark effects of the law on the lives not only of a group of lawyers, but also on communities and private citizens. "In the Shadow of the Law is a meditation about the life of the law, the organism that is a law firm, and its impact on those who come within its powerful orbit.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux,� 2005
ISBN: 9780374261870
Branch Call Number: AF ROOS


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Feb 26, 2014

The author has the great name of Kermit Roosevelt III, and it's not because his parents were fans of The Muppets. He is the great-great-grandson of President Theodore, a law professor, author of many scholarly works and, on the evidence of this book, a talented novelist. This book about a large law firm has finely-drawn characters and stylish writing, but the real satisfaction is the author's depth of legal knowledge and how he uses this to move the plot forward without far-fetched twists. This is a novel about a law firm, not a legal thriller, and fans of John Grisham and Scott Turow may find it rather slow going, but it is an engrossing and entertaining read nonetheless.

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