Bitter Factoids 10

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British journalist and Guardian editor CP Scott once said, “Comment is free, but facts are sacred.” Here at Bitter Lawyer, we give you the facts for free and believe that (good) comments are sacred.


Median starting salary for a private criminal defense lawyer with less than one year of experience, according to


Median salary for a private criminal defense lawyer with more than twenty years of experience, according to


Total value of deals Cadwalader partner Dennis J. Block has done for Pfizer in the past nine years, according to Law Shucks.


Approximate number of lawyers in Luxembourg, according to Bloomberg.


Monthly amount attorney Marc Dreier is paying for armed guards at his Midtown apartment, where he’s under house arrest after pleading guilty and posting $10 million bond, according to


Total number of years Marc Dreier could serve in prison for fraud and other charges stemming from his role in a scheme to sell $700 million in fictitious promissory notes and misuse client funds, according to a UPI report.


Total value of items Elizabeth Zembko, a former Connecticut lawyer, allegedly shoplifted from a department store after spending 15 months in prison for embezzling from her former firm, according to The New Britain Herald.


Record-high number of Japanese people between the ages of 30 and 39 who are thought to have committed suicide because they had failed to find a job, were unemployed, or were having difficulty making a living in 2008, according to Reuters.


Approximate number of attorneys volunteering at any given time at Lawyers Without Borders.


Percentage of interest 2.5 million English students will spend repaying 2009-2010 academic year student loans, according to Guardian and ATL.


Number of George Washington University School of Law graduates working as partners at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz—the most prestigious firm to work for, according to


Compensation average in 2008 for all 81 equity partners at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, according to The Am Law 100.


Number of George Washington University School of Law graduates each working as partners at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Covington & Burling; and Arnold & Porter.  Firms ranked 4, 11 and 20 respectively on’s list of 2009 Top 100 Most Prestigious Firms.


Current ranking for George Washington University School of Law, according U.S. News & World Report, which last year ranked GW at No. 20.


George Washington University School of Law’s current “party law school ranking,” according to SubtleDig. 


Number of “discrete points” about how to live your life listed in PhilaLawyer’s hypothetical commencement speech entitled “Don’t Be the Punchline” that he would deliver to the 2009 graduating law school collective, if invited.  The speech opens with, “Good morning. I’d like to start by noting, you’re all fucked,” and points range from “ignorance is bliss” to “beware of people selling afterlives.” Reading order: Points 1-5, points 6-11, points 12-17, points 18-21.


Number of articles written about Supreme Court Justice David Souter in the past month, according to a Google News query.

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  • Bill Dugan

    3:  Number of attractive women that have hit on me in the last 2 weeks after I told them I received a special $20,000 bonus payment.

  • BL1Y

    This is much better than the previous By the Numberses.  Keep up the good work.

  • Anonymous

    Was “bonus” a layoff, Dugan?

  • Ace in the Hole

    Special indeed.  Selling your coulo Bill?  Or working at a firm we now all know since only one firm that I know of has recently announced Spring bonuses? 

  • Ace in the Hole

    … or just trying to lead us to believe you work there… In any event, if this happened, hope you took them up on it, not many more bonuses to be had in the near future.

  • Desi

    some interesting stuff I did not know.

  • Lucy

    Desi, I thought I taught you all you need to know. Don’t go looking for knowledge elsewhere.

  • DanaB

    fun factoids