Trial Opens in Retaliation Claim Against Ropes & Gray

, The National Law Journal


Former Ropes & Gray associate John Ray III's lawyer characterized him as "a man in a hurry" to fit into Ropes' white-shoe world as trial got underway Tuesday on Ray's claims that the firm lashed out at him for filing a discrimination claim.

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  • Bankstreet.Law

    Let me see if I can summarize your article to make this whole sordid affair more disingenuous. An up and coming Black lawyer (or so he believes) cannot accept being denied partnership. His pedigree does not "cut the mustard"! Mind you, we are not talking about his professional appraisal which in many Ropes & Gray like firms, even if a AAA rating for his work, might not lead to "partner" without the needed "stock". Of course his acting out behavior confirmed his lack of breeding and probably affirmed the decision made by the firm. In your article you very wittingly try to dance around whether or not this was just simply another issue about "racism" in the Boardroom. (which I do not believe it is even though I am quite often wrong about a lot of things) Angered by the "uppity" Ray's audacious behavior in refusing to go away quietly Ropes & Gray decided to "clip his wings". Therefore this whole wretched affair is about what? Oh...I forgot to acknowledge the fact that in the USA there is always cause to sue for monetary damages in the millions of dollars. Quite frankly, Ropes & Gray should have been above getting involved in these kinds of shenanigans. Why did Ropes & Gray feel so insecure that they had to go public with info to prove "what" point. Waste of time.

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