It seems premature to write too much about the Lewis Tein state court hearing as it is still ongoing and Calli has yet to present his case, but here's what has been reported so far:
Jay Weaver reports on Mike Tein's testimony:
At Tuesday’s hearing, the judge asked Tein how he could “account” for his former clients’ testimony the day before that they didn’t “remember any of those conversations” about legal bills with him.Meanwhile, the DBR picked up a slightly different angle, but the story is inexplicably not online.
“I was sad to hear that,” Tein told the judge, then suggested that his former clients were under pressure from the Miccosukee Tribe because of the high stakes of the litigation.
Tein also testified that after Billie testified Monday, she hugged him and told him that she loved him and she was sorry. Tein also said that he told her that he loved her.
“I forgive her for what she did’’ Monday. Tein testified. “I don’t think she was herself.”
Finally, here's an anecdote from LKLSG(!) managing partner Jeff Schneiner about how he helped an associate manage stress:
Case in point: Lawyer Jeff Schneider, managing partner of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman in Miami, was clacking away on the keyboard one day when an associate walked in. “I’m dying,” the young lawyer declared. “Deadlines are piling up on me.”Nice job Jeff, especially the "deep breath" line -- Scott Rogers' mindfulness training is starting to make a difference!
“Take a deep breath,” Schneider replied, “Tell me what the issue is.”
The associate explained that two cases had exploded at the same time and work was piling up. Schneider suggested bringing in another lawyer for support.
It’s a familiar scenario, Schneider said.
Most bosses prefer that conversation, he said to the alternatives — missed deadlines, mistakes or health issues. In the past, he has worked in environments where people fear speaking up or asking for help. “Usually, they lose it and quit.”