Friday, April 25, 2008
Small Firm Hell: Bivona & Cohen
Not to be outdone by their biglaw cockroach infested basement counterparts, NYC small law has been busy inflicting their own brand of torture on the working masses.
First, we learned about the partner who threw a heavy bound legal volume across an office, bloodying an associate's head.
Then, we read about how an Rappaport & Hertz partner allegedly placed semen on an associate's phone. http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1124269512308/
Now, to top it all off, we have a report that a Bivona & Cohen partner allegedly raped a secretary. http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1209047608835/ The partner claims, however, that the secretary had merely given him a consensual "lap dance" in his office.
Other opinions of working at Bivona from the blogosphere:
"If you like being verbally abused, working endless hours, dealing with psychodramas, never working on the same file twice, being told that you are worthless and replaceable, being criticized for winning a summary judgment motion because it ends the billing on a file, and generally wishing every day that a huge asteroid would hit New York and end your misery in a cataclysmic holocaust, then this is the job for you."
"I recall one former associate who was really a kind-hearted and hard-working guy but who was painfully unassertive. JVF would just berate the poor guy and make his life living hell. Then there was another associate who was so terrified that he reportedly began vomiting blood out of fear. Yet another associate had such a bad experience that she left law altogether and moved to Hawaii. I just walked out one day when I'd had enough and didn't even have the next job lined up. About four weeks later I was working in my next ID dump."
Welcome to NYC small law, or as some would call it, low-paying animal kingdom.