Foley & Lardner really feel the wrath of the Lincoln Undertaking

Cleta Mitchell (Image via Foley & Lardner)

Free Consultation for All Biglaw Firms: You will be held accountable in public opinion court for the work you and your partners do. This is a lesson Jones Day is very familiar with. Like Porter Wright. And King & Spalding. And Hogan Lovells. You understand what it is about. So if a partner in your company has a prominent role in one of the most shocking phone calls in American history, there are some explanations for you to make.

Of course, I am talking about Foley & Lardner partner Cleta Mitchell’s participation in Donald Trump’s harassment of Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger to only “find 11,780 votes”. It appears that the Never-Trump PAC The Lincoln Project drew their attention to Biglaw because of the incident.

Can you believe this law firm represents @MLB? America’s bygone days deserves a representation that stands up for America, not seeks to destroy it!

MLB Commissioner’s Office: 212-931-7800

Oh, and they represent the socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro from Venezuela.

– The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) January 4, 2021

There are already rumors that Foley will lose business because of Mitchell’s involvement in the debacle, and tweets like this one from the Lincoln Project only add to the pressure.

And they’re not the only PACs paying Biglaw attention. MeidasTouch – remember, in the campaign against Jones Day, they actually drew the first blood – drew their attention to Foley & Lardner. One of the PAC’s founders, Ben Meiselas, a partner at Geragos & Geragos, was very vocal about the firm’s involvement, particularly when Foley attorney Jason Villalba tweeted the now infamous call (although he has since deleted it) without Mitchell’s involvement condemn.

Jason, I appreciate that you are a member of the GOP that spoke out against Trump. You are listed as an attorney on @FoleyandLardner, however, and your legal partner is the lead attorney advising Trump on the riot you are speaking against. You must oppose Foley’s support.

– Ben Meiselas (@meiselasb) January 4, 2021

For its part, the company has issued a statement regarding Mitchell’s involvement, saying they are “concerned” about it:

Foley & Lardner LLP does not represent any party that wishes to contest the results of the presidential election. In November, the company made a political decision not to represent any party in any matter related to the results of the presidential election. Our policies allowed our attorneys to voluntarily participate in election censuses and similar activities in their individual capacity as individuals, so long as they were not acting as legal counsel. We are aware of Ms. Mitchell’s participation in the January 2nd conference call and are concerned to better understand her participation.

Critics aren’t impressed by this, however:

As a lawyer, let me say that is why people hate lawyers. @FoleyandLardner just posted this word diarrhea of ​​a statement on Twitter and disabled comments. This is NOT how the law should work! It is for this reason that we will expose turmoil at every turn.

– Ben Meiselas (@meiselasb) January 4, 2021

Look – the company has long been aware of Mitchell’s extremist political leanings. (She was known to be part of a crusade against gay rights, attended Amy Covid Barrett’s nomination ceremony – without a mask and nose – and worked to keep Steve Bannon’s PAC donor roles a secret.) And only drove last November she continued Fox News telling great stories about election fraud. It is time you decide what to do about it.

HeadshotKathryn Rubino is Senior Editor at Above the Law and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the best so please connect with her. Feel free to email her tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@ Kathryn1).

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