He didn't yell, "You're fired!," but it was just as dramatic. Close to 5 p.m. on March 22, only days before a high-stakes trial was set to begin, Morgan Stanley chief legal officer Donald Kempf, Jr., calmly watched his local counsel in a West Palm Beach courtroom deliver a staggering blow to his lead lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis. Carlton Fields made a last-minute motion to substitute lead counsel and request a continuance.
The American Lawyer
May 1, 2005
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