Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair

Cameron Stracher


Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair

Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair

  • Title: Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair
  • Author: Cameron Stracher
  • ISBN: 9780688172220
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback



By turns hilarious and horrifying, Double Billing is a clever and sobering expose of the legal profession Writing with wit and wisdom, Cameron Stracher describes the grueling rite of passage of an associate at a major New York law firm As Stracher describes, Harvard Law School may have taught him to think like a lawyer, but it was his experience as an associate that taugBy turns hilarious and horrifying, Double Billing is a clever and sobering expose of the legal profession Writing with wit and wisdom, Cameron Stracher describes the grueling rite of passage of an associate at a major New York law firm As Stracher describes, Harvard Law School may have taught him to think like a lawyer, but it was his experience as an associate that taught him to behave or misbehave like one Double Billing is a biting glimpse into the world of corporate law from the perspective of the low man on the totem pole.In Double Billing, Cameron Stracher reveals a shocking nonfiction account of the ordeal of a young associate at a major Wall Street law firm Fresh out of Harvard Law School, Stracher landed a coveted position at a high powered corporate law firm and thus began his grueling years as an associate, a dreaded rite of passage for every young attorney Only about five percent survive long enough to achieve the Holy Grail of partnership in the firm.As the author vividly describes, law school may teach you how to think like a lawyer, but it s being an associate that teaches you how to behave like one Or misbehave Stracher doesn t mince words about the duplicitous behavior and flagrant practices of many lawyers in his firm, which is one of the premier partnerships in America.In a stylish and witty manner that has earned him comparison to an early Philip Roth, Stracher does for the legal profession what Michael Lewis s Liars Poker did for the financial industry The result is a tell all glimpse into the cutthroat world of corporate law from the perspective of the low man on the totem pole.In Double Billing, Cameron Stracher reveals a shocking nonfiction account of the ordeal of a young associate at a major Wall Street law firm Fresh out of Harvard Law School, Stracher landed a coveted position at a high powered corporate law firm and thus began his grueling years as an associate, a dreaded rite of passage for every young attorney Only about five percent survive long enough to achieve the Holy Grail of partnership in the firm.As the author vividly describes, law school may teach you how to think like a lawyer, but it s being an associate that teaches you how to behave like one Or misbehave Stracher doesn t mince words about the duplicitous behavior and flagrant practices of many lawyers in his firm, which is one of the premier partnerships in America.In a stylish and witty manner that has earned him comparison to an early Philip Roth, Stracher does for the legal profession what Michael Lewis s Liars Poker did for the financial industry The result is a tell all glimpse into the cutthroat world of corporate law from the perspective of the low man on the totem pole.


Recent Comments "Double Billing: A Young Lawyer's Tale Of Greed, Sex, Lies, And The Pursuit Of A Swivel Chair"

Double Billing is a memoir by a Harvard Law graduate who spent a few years in the 1990’s as an associate at a large (fictionalized) law firm in New York City. I bought this book for my fiance’s father, who enjoys legal thrillers by the likes of John Grisham. He had most recently been telling me about Grisham’s book The Associate. So, I thought, here’s a bird’s eye view into the world of a first year associate at a large law firm, a true story told by the former associate himself. The c [...]

A systematic description of large firm practice that is neither as savage nor as funny as it could have been. The story is told in clear, heavily workshopped prose and can be read in about three hours. It's not resonant or memorable, but I doubt that there is anything Stracher could have done to make it so. His attempts to dramatize the material fall flat, but there are some genuinely hilarious moments. Read ANONYMOUS LAWYER if you're in it for shits and giggles.

The overly whiney story of a BigLaw associate. While I think it does a decent job of capturing the frustration and travails of a first year BigLaw associatet over it. People should know what they're getting into when they go down that road, and as such, get what they deserve.

Somewhat interesting, but it loses focus. Also, I work in a big Manhattan lawfirm, and granted that it's a decade later, but my firm is nothing like his was.

Like the cover of this volume, the content itself can be seen as "trying too hard." A noble attempt to be the next "One L," Double Billing is not without its strengths. Without a doubt, Stracher is a learned individual: Amherst, Harvard, Iowa MFA. And therein lies the problem. This book reads too much like an over-workshopped, MFA project that have out-of-place post-modern sentences and "hey-I-have-an-MFA" vocabulary. The pseudo-memoir is a fun read--it paces a lot like its "predecessor" in that [...]

If you read One L: The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School or The Paper Chase, you might well wonder what happens when a law student graduates, passes the bar, and takes a job? Stracher's book is one answer to that question. After graduating Harvard Law, Stracher signs on with a Wall Street firm. Like most young associates, he spends a lot of time on grunt work, putting together paperwork and finding case law for attorneys who seem to be more adept at billing hours than so [...]

Executive Summary: A quick read that will make you think twice about the BIGLAW route. But if you are already an attorney what good is this book? Perhaps its a good reiteration of the reasons you never "chose" to work for a big firm. Maybe it is a good way to judge your Jones Day friends?However, at the end of the day we all know working for a top 20 firm is a grind. We know in-house is cush. We know that litigators think corporate attorneys are afraid of court and socially awkward -or- corporat [...]

This is a pretty good book about what the experience of a first year associate in a high powered corporate law firm is really like.It is disturbing, and upsetting, but also really really interesting. It is fairly well written, although there are some typos and editing errorsI really like the way the story stays on track. It is about the experience the writer had, not about his background, not about his relationships, and just the right amount about what he thinks of the whole situation

I read this book because one of my elderly friends recommended it. She said I would be shocked--shocked! at the goings-on at law firms.If you would be shocked that the work of a first-year corporate lawyer is mind-achingly dull, involves travelling to unglamorous settings, pays a ton of money and that sometimes people in the firm date each other, then by all means, read it.If you're offended by racist/sexist/classist references to the clerical people who actually helped Cameron get a lot of his [...]

As other reviewers have noted, this book is overwritten and heavy handed. However, while it's been 10+ years since the author was an associate, times have not changed that much. This story captures the essence of what life is like as a big firm associate. As someone currently living that life, I suppose I got a misery loves company sort of enjoyment out of it.

Read when I was still in pre-law in college. In interesting look behind the scenes in corporate law firms. Since I was not interested in corporate, the book did little to spark my interest. It was also used as part of the heavy handed "ethics training" we had to undergo with the hopes that we would remember them when we ourselves were behind the desks.

Really good insight into a Big Law career. Unfortunately, I was unable to finish this book however I did finish around 85% of it. Very entertaining and the author brings up some valid points. Overall, a good book and great for someone thinking about entering corporate law. Book is ideal for 0L's and perhaps parents who want to know more about their childrens career path or current job.

What One L is for pre-law students, this book is for law school graduates. Though I have to say that working with insurance companies has changes greatly since the 1990's. Fun easy read of one person's experience of being a first year associate.

A great book written by one of my law school professors. Details a young lawyer's life as an early associate in New York Big Law. A behind the scenes look at what it is really like to be an associate at an elite corporate law firm. The money, the hours, the work.

worth the read if you're considering going into law school or you know lots of people that are. Some fun stuff, no revelations.

Another must read for anyone thinking of going to law school!

- true, interesting, behind-the-scenes stories of a law firm

Still reading.

egads, I was clearly already in "prepare for law school" mode. This one is about the life of a first year associate in a large NY firm. YAWN.

I think I would have liked it more if I understood all the lawyer-ese. But still good.

Didn't live up to the title, even in the slightest. Pass.


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