Recently, major law firm Greenberg Traurig distanced itself from Trumpism.
Rudy Giuliani is one of its shareholders. He went on leave from the law firm to pitch in with the Trump Administration transition. On Fox, Giuliani noted that he helped with the legalities of Donald Trump's immigration order.
Greenberg Traurig went on record as saying that it had no association with what Giuliani had done as a private citizen. That may or may not get that law firm off the hook from being caught up in the growing controversy over the legal status of that order.
As many know, two of its partners represented the Make American Great campaign. No surprise, a number of Jones Day's lawyers were hired for White House jobs. Initially, that seemed a positive development for the Jones Day brand. After all, it created an aura of influence and power around Jones Day.
That was then.
Quickly darkness fell.
First it was the legal issues related to the immigration order. More recently, it has been the eye-popping firing of acting attorney general Sally Yates. She had informed the Department of Justice that it didn't have to enforce the immigration order.
Some in the media, such as USA Today, position and package that development as analogous to the Nixon Administration's Saturday Night Massacare. I frame it as the Monday Night Massacre.
How do current Jones Day clients and prospective ones perceive the fact that so many former Jones Day lawyers now work in the Trump Administration. Will being represented by Jones Day hurt those clients and prospects in both the courts of law and the courts of public opinion? It's naïve to assume the two spheres don't intersect.
Like Greenberg Traurig, Jones Day may have to come out with an official statement about its relationship with the legal decision-making of the Trump Administration. Should the world view the lawyers in the White House as no longer part of Jones Day?
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