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Sunday, December 16, 2007
Christmas Came Early for Mitchell's Law Firm

In the prior posts, a number of you criticized the shoddy work product created by Sen. Mitchell and his law firm DLA Piper. In reading the report (aka term paper?), which was ripe with secondary sources as footnotes and with proposals for change that very so general that a reasonable person could figure them out, it made me think: how much in legal fees did Mitchell's firm earn producing this piece of work? From what I heard, there was no budgetary limits imposed by Major League Baseball over the last 20 months.

I do not know how many people -- partners, associates, paralegals, secretaries, others -- were involved in preparing the report. Does anyone know about how many were involved and what the hourly rates are at DLA Piper? I figure the fees almost certainly would be in the millions. Can anyone venture a guess?

Given such a public and in some cases damaging report, isn't there a duty to disclose how much DLA Piper was paid for their work.

In any event, I'll bet that the partners will have a very happy holiday.


I've been on board with most of the criticisms of the report and a lot of the MSM's stuff that came after, but a public duty to report the fees? Baseball is still a private entity, let's not forget ...

Blogger Jason Wojciechowski -- 12/16/2007 5:38 PM  


From a legal point of view, sure, there is no obligation to do so, but this report was made public in a most dramatic way and many (inlcidng me) would be curious to find out the cost for such work. We can only guess -- yours is as good as mine.

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Anonymous Simone -- 12/17/2007 7:15 AM  

...with proposals for change that very so general that a reasonable person could figure them out...

Like alive, Dude.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 12/17/2007 10:36 AM  

In addition to fees, let's see the names of every single person that contributed to the report--and then let's dig around their past to see what hearsay, speculation and innuendo we can uncover.

Blogger Skip -- 12/17/2007 11:36 AM  

There is certainly no legal obligation of DLA Piper to disclose the fees, but I think the fees are certainly an issue.

The report was shoddy, for all the reasons listed on this post and then some. Yet, my first thought, on seeing the amount of "work" that went into it was, "how much did DLA Piper make on this report?"

Other questions: Why George Mitchell, who is Director of the Red Sox, as well as the Boston Red Sox? Randy Levine, of the NY Yankees and Akin Gump, might have something to say of this whole fiasco.

What I do know is this: a better report could have come at a lower cost, no doubt.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 12/20/2007 3:33 PM  

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