Thursday, June 1, 2017

For A Good Time Call


  • The discussion already started in yesterday's comments, but more details have emerged about Alexis Plunkett's relationship with some inmates/clients, including kissing and fondling. [RJ]
  • Rich Tanasi, attorney for former topless cabaret mogul Rick Rizzolo, negotiated a plea deal with regard to his client's tax evasion charges. [RJ]
  • Judge Gloria Navarro handed down the first sentence related to the Bundy standoff. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • Paul Haire has joined ARM ADR as a full time mediator. Jay Young has also joined the ARM panel.
  • Here are some details for Project REAL Lyrics and Lawyers Karaoke Showdown set for August 3. 
  • One of our readers would like your input:  "I have been referred some business from another attorney who had a conflict.  I can’t tell whether it’s “good” or not (however you define “good”) and my firm doesn’t pay referral fees.  But I do plan to send a gift as a “thanks for thinking of me” and it got me wondering whether (i) I can come up with a standard gift so I always do the same thing all the time when this occurs, (ii) it’s a sufficiently “PC” gift so I don’t send alcohol to someone who’s maybe recovering, or coffee to someone who doesn’t do caffeine, (iii) is of sufficient value so it isn’t “cheap” but not so expensive that it bankrupts me, and (iv) survives the scorn of some of the group who post on this blog (I’m smart enough to know some folks will never be happy)" Any suggestions?

55 comments:

  1. Plunkett is giving a new meaning to "working hard for the money"

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    1. Alexis is doing her University of Phoenix JD proud. Her actions are confounding even if she cleans the dumpsters at Cheetahs for a living. Maybe she really enjoyed the conversation.

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    2. Alexis went to University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law... a tier 1 law school.

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    3. Just goes to show it does not matter what is on your Diploma

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    4. She is finished. What upside does the gang banger have, seriously? Maybe she is sick of getting passed over by dudes without a felony conviction? Low self-esteem often picks low hanging fruit; although, this felon is tantamount to rotting fruit.

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    5. Would her behavior, taken to it's logical conclusion be referred to as: a) Screwing your client; or b) Being screwed by your client?

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    6. She has thrown her career away to make out with a felon. What is wrong with people?

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    7. Might as well face it you're addicted to thugs....

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  2. Screw your firm policy. If it's a good case, pay a referral fee or you'll never be referred a good case again. If it's just decent, I'd send a nice gift card (visa card, maybe) and order in lunch for the firm. Keep the staff happy and show the attorney he/she is appreciated.

    I stopped referring cases to an attorney that sent fruit baskets when he'd hit a 100k+ settlement after promising to "take care of me" at the time of the referral. There are too many firms in town that do pay referral fees, why refer good cases to ones that don't?

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    1. Send a gift, good case or not. If it settles and is lucrative, send a nicer gift. But acknowledge the referral.

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    2. I agree with this if you get a cut of cases. I'm at a biglaw firm, and my salary and bonus are set by what abovethelaw says the market is. So unless the referral is something that would look good when they're deciding to make partners (e.g., a fortune 500 company, which hasn't happened yet) it really makes no sense for me to pay anything for a referral. I'm pretty up front about that though, and I usually tell people to take the case to one of my friends that has his name on the door.

      To be honest, most referrals are a terrible fit for me because the client has no business hiring a biglaw firm. It's pretty frustrating to write off half your time because you think you're doing someone a favor by taking the referral, just to find out that the person that referred the case thinks they did you a huge favor by sending the case. Again, I'm pretty up front about that now that I've gone a few rounds.

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    3. biglaw sounds confining. Glad I'm just a shitlawyer who can hustler and rack up commissions and referral fees!

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  3. The story about Alexis does make one wonder if there are other related items in her past. For instance, she sure seems to have worked at a lot of different PDs office in a lot of different states. Has she had "issues" with other inmates in the past? Interesting article about a related topic. https://www.attn.com/stories/6268/why-women-fall-in-love-prison-inmates

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    1. To be fair, this is not just an issue with women. I seem to remember a male attorney getting caught doing something similar.

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    2. Exactly what I had been wondering. Isn't it Arizona, Ohio, Colorado Springs, CO, and Las Vegas? Perhaps leaving before charges were filed and various state bars had a chance to suspend her.

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  4. OK I have changed my mind. Alexis, I gave you the benefit of the doubt. I told you that I have likewise been the grist for this blog and understand the desire to want to defend yourself. But having been prompted to look at your FB Page, you do not deserve sympathy. You are either mentally deranged or the truest definition of a nihilist I have ever encountered in more than 20 years in this profession. I was hoping that you would be exonerated but now it is clear that I need to cheer for the resolution that you clearly want and that is that you want to detonate in the worst way. Godspeed.

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  5. I posted the Republican judge in Democratic in sheep's clothing comment, my example is you have a what is deemed to be a Dem judge making pro business decisions. Protect the corporate veil at all costs. Don't want to say who.

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    1. Well let see-- Denton is a huge Democrat who refuses to pierce the corporate veil. Cadish is a Democrat who is pro-creditor. And Allf is now a Business Court Judge but I have seen her pierce the veil. So to whom are you referring?

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    2. No shit, Allf is more liberal than the names above. Thank you for the enlightenment.

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    3. We have to protect the out of state corporations who rip people off. I am going to go vote today. These are the kind of conversations I would like to see more on the blog.

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    4. I see posts like this that Judges are doing people wrong, and it inspires me to run for a judgeship. But I am decent attorney, who has ethics, and I would be crucified if I ran.

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    5. This is going to show my demo, but there is this dude on the Bachelorette who is called the "whaboom" man, and sometimes after I am in front of an idiot judge, I feel like doing the whaboom.
      Look it up on youtube; you will laugh!

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    6. Getting some injustice for my clients down at the RJC. We need some new blood down there.

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    7. I need some jute.

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  6. Langford is withdrawing as Plunkett's attorney.

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    1. About Alabama whistle stop time, he was probably in the middle of a play when she kept having her Facebook melt downs.

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    2. Does Langford do Shakespeare or T.S. Elliott?

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    3. I love these posts. They make me laugh. Please keep posting.

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    4. https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/las-vegas-lawyer-says-press-will-not-dictate-her-relationship-with-inmate/

      She just keeps digging deeper and deeper.

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    5. Good GAWD you'd think this trainwreck would end at some point. Instead it just keeps flying through the town at full speed, into an oil tanker, through a vet of chemical waste, before plowing into a fireworks factory. Has it lost momentum yet, or will it continue to set things afire? Stay tuned!

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    6. I am just feeling sorry for her. She's obviously unwell and the RJ is exploiting that for clicks.

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    7. Agreed with 8:45. We are watching self-immolation and there are probably some underlying issues that deserve sympathy, not scorn. I hope things stabilize for her and that she can eventually get past this, even if that means she is no longer practicing law.

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    8. This is junt an emotionally immature woman. Nothing more, nothing less.

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  7. I love, and I mean love, the posts on Alexis's office FB page. That gangsta chick lawyer has some balls. A nice pic of her with her gangsta man kissing her on the neck posted late last night. Awww. How sweet. They are going to enjoy prison together. True love.

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  8. I just looked at Alexis Plunkett's facebook page. Does anyone know her family? Has anyone reached out to see if she is okay. Not knowing anything more than what's in the paper and what's on her facebook, it seems like she's really unstable and might be in need of some help.

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    1. One has to at least suspect either a psychological disorder or a substance abuse issue that led to her connection with these lowlifes. Time will tell.

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    2. And... I just saw the "gun safe" photo with associated commentary on her FB page. This lady has a screw loose. Koo Koo for Cocoa Puffs crazy.

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    3. Her claims of being targeted by NDOC because of her lawsuit would stand up better if CCDC was operated by NDOC instead of Metro. Sorry sweetie. You lose major criminal defense credibility points for that confusion.

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    4. Her contention that she has been targeted by NDOC is nuts. No one cares about old news. NDOP officials are not actively conspiring with CCDC officials to ruin the career of a run-of-the-mill lawyer. Thou shall not bang, maul, ride,finger-bang, kiss or caress inmates. Such contact activity is never allowed behind a prison's walls.

      "Going down" is the future for Alexis, and it won't be an inmate's little smokie...

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  9. Paul Haire and Jay Young are great additions to ARM. They will compliment Judge Glass and Justice Becker really well.

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    1. Happy to see that Haire found a good home after being passed on for ADR Commissioner.

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    2. Rumor has it Justice Saitta and Jamie Chrisman are joining ARM too

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    3. That's pretty funny considering Becker was ousted by Saitta who was backed by the CD bar

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    4. They are both professionals. Its probably not an issue if they are now working together....

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    5. Put another way: they are Mediators. They will never see each other. And I would give good money to see Nancy clean Nancy's clock.

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  10. They are both professionals. Its probably not an issue if they are now working together....

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  11. how did this groundbreaking case out of Las Vegas, concerning First Amendment rights to association, not get reported,

    http://loweringthebar.net/2017/06/ninth-circuit-sexy-cop.html
    Decision
    http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/05/24/14-16324.pdf

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  12. Did Plunkett used to be a man?

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    1. I thought you were not being serious but that mugshot has a 5 o'clock shadow in it.

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    2. It's a mugshot. The lighting is horribly harsh, and is directed from two sides. The resulting nose-shadows makes her look like she has a dog's muzzle. Not a comment on her looks, but that's what terrible lighting can do.

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  13. Today on as the prison love turns:

    https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/courts/las-vegas-lawyer-says-press-will-not-dictate-her-relationship-with-inmate/

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    1. Man I find her sexy.

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    2. Exactly. You never know where that mouth was last. Yucko.

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  14. She just posted her mugshot. I guess that demented look on her face is intended to be an expression of defiance. Does she have cheek implants that are sliding down her face?

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