I saw that the Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm is folding. That’s huge news and the latest indication of just how farkakte the economics of the legal business are. But I had forgotten who D&L’s most recent high profile client was. Here’s Steve Dilbeck of the L.A. Times:
News has come from back east that the law firm of Dewey & LeBoeuf is filing for bankruptcy. Besides the little detail that this is the largest law firm to go under in U.S. history, there is this one other notable fact: The law firm going bankrupt is the same law firm that handled Frank McCourt’s bankruptcy of the Dodgers … Hey, I know a guy flush with $1 billion who might be able to give Dewey a loan. You could argue he even owes them.
Sadly, we can’t pin this on McCourt. Rather, we can pin it on a ridiculous compensation system that has law firm partners promising themselves insane draws despite the fact that revenues won’t support it anymore because business clients aren’t as dumb as to simply rubber stamp every legal bill that comes in to the accounting office like they did back in the 80s.
Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be corporate lawyers …
After letting rumors of the deal percolate for the last week, the Athletics officially announced their two-year, $11 million contract with right-hander Santiago Casilla on Friday (and threw a little bit of shade at the Giants, too). As previously reported, the contract includes an extra $3 million in performance bonuses.
Casilla, 36, got his major league start with Oakland back in 2004, racking up a 5.11 ERA and four saves over six seasons in the A’s bullpen. After picking up a minor league deal with the Giants in 2010, the righty flitted in and out of the closing role with varying degrees of success. Notwithstanding a slight downturn in his production rate during the 2016 season, he earned 123 saves and a 2.42 ERA during the past seven years in San Francisco. Securing another closing role might be a little tougher across the Bay, however, with a bullpen that includes fellow closers Ryan Madson, Ryan Dull and Sean Doolittle.
Why is this man smiling? Man, I wouldn’t be smiling if I read what I just read.
This is the week when ESPN’s Keith Law releases his prospect and farm system rankings. He kicks off his content this week with a top-to-bottom ranking of all 30 farm systems. As a rule he limits his analysis to players who are currently in the minors and who have not yet exhausted their rookie of the year eligibility.
For the second straight year, Law ranks the Braves as the best system in baseball. Number two — making a big leap from last year’s number 13 ranking – is the New York Yankees. Dead last: the Arizona Diamondbacks, which Law says “Dave Stewart ritually disemboweled” over the past two years. That’s gotta hurt.
If you want to know the reasons and the rankings of everyone in between you’ll have to get an ESPN Insider subscription. Sorry, I know everyone hates to pay for content on the Internet, but Keith and others who do this kind of work put a lot of damn work into it and this is what pays their bills. I typically don’t like to pay for content myself, but I do pay for an ESPN Insider subscription. It’s worth it for Law’s work alone.