Any lawyer will say that the client who won’t pay and won’t listen is a client that’s not worth having.
And that is precisely the reason some law firms have refused to represent President Donald Trump in the Russia investigations, according to Yahoo reports.
Lawyers from four firms reportedly said this as he faces four congressional committee enquiries and the Justice Department over the ‘Russia issue’.
Trump is currently represented by attorney Marc E. Kasowitz, who has represented Trump for years on business and PR disputes.
However, Kasowitz is not experienced in handling intergovernmental law.
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The reports indicate that prior to Kasowitz’s involvement, lawyers like Brendan Sullivan of Williams & Connolly. Sullivan is perhaps best known best known for his defense of U.S. Marine Lieutenant-Colonel Oliver North following the infamous Iran-Contra scandal in the late 1980s.
A combative defense lawyer, attractive to a potential client like Donald Trump, Sullivan’s legal work has resulted in the prosecution or firing of several prosecutors in cases in which he has been involved
Ted Olson, for US Solicitor General of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He was selected by Time magazine in 2010 as one of the 100 most influential people in the world and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s premier appellate and United States Supreme Court advocates.
Filip of Kirkland & Ellis’s Chicago and Washington DC offices; and Robert Giuffra of Sullivan & Cromwell were considered as his representative for Donald Trump.
None took on the job.
Apart from the issue of payment and advice however, there has also been the question of angering existing clients of the firms and deterring potential recruitment issues.