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post #46 of 59
I like a close fit, but that is constricting and the huge tie knot just doesn't go with the rest of the outfit. Love the colors though.
post #47 of 59
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Originally Posted by RJMan
LabelKinbote, don't be coy. You wouldn't kick him away from your ping-pong table.

I think now you're beginning to sound like Kinbote here with talks of ping-pong and airy kicks.

Remember, like schoolgirls, Rieslings should be enjoyed young.
post #48 of 59
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Originally Posted by GreyFlannelMan
OK. Some of the mystery of the GFM is going to be dispelled here, for the sake of defending DQ. We worked at the same law firm (I recently left), where he is an associate in the corporate group. He is indeed English and graduated from Bristol Uni and Grays Inn. He took an LLM from Columbia. He's a cool and extremely smart guy.

The store/clothing is a side line. He's doing what I think many of us might like to do: pursue a practical career and a true love.

How do you run a clothing business and still hit your billables? Does he just not sleep, or what? Don't the partners resent seeing his mug in GQ and then send him off to do due diligence in Cleveland/Topeka/wherever?
post #49 of 59
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Originally Posted by Patrick Bateman
How do you run a clothing business and still hit your billables? Does he just not sleep, or what? Don't the partners resent seeing his mug in GQ and then send him off to do due diligence in Cleveland/Topeka/wherever?

Honestly, I don't know how he does it. I think it is probably a combo of not sleeping and having a trusted partner run the day-to-day of the business. I'm not privy to utilization info, so I can't be sure, but AFAIK, he hits his targets. That said, the firm is known for being slightly less strict about hours than some other firms.

From the look of it, most of the partners don't read GQ. If anything, they probably get a good chuckle out of his pictures.

I never heard a negative comment about him, but then again, I worked in a different practice. He's well regarded.
post #50 of 59
How did he dress at work? And did it fly? I'm curious, because of some of the clothing advice given on this board would suggest that one wouldn't survive long in a corporate NYC environment with such attire.
post #51 of 59
I just looked at the photo again and covered up the head, so that I just saw the body and tie, which looked OK, but not great (cuff, hacking patch, etc). Then I removed my thumb and the incredible lack of proportion created by the shoulders came flooding back. I was reminded of 'So I Married an Axe Murderer' "I'm not kidding, that boy's head is like Sputnik; spherical but quite pointy at parts! Aye, now that was offsides, now wasn't it? He'll be crying himself to sleep tonight, on his huge pillow."
post #52 of 59
I would guess that he has some kind of special arrangement with the firm and he isn't really an associate billing normal hours on the partnership track. I know our firm hires foreign-trained lawyers occasionally and lists them as associates even though they aren't really associates on the same track as the rest of us.

I find it very hard to believe he could be billing 2000+ hours while still running a clothing business and posing for GQ - and I've always thought Kirkland had a reputation as a sweatshop, although GFM would certainly know better than me what the requirements are like there.

By the way, it looks like he dresses the same way at work:

http://www.kirkland.com/ourFirm/lawy...orneyH4ID=8869
post #53 of 59
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Originally Posted by whoopee
How did he dress at work? And did it fly? I'm curious, because of some of the clothing advice given on this board would suggest that one wouldn't survive long in a corporate NYC environment with such attire.

He dressed in his own clothes. What you see is what you get. That said, the firm is generally a business casual environment, and he tended to wear suits. But many of us were that way.
post #54 of 59
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Originally Posted by bryce330
I find it very hard to believe he could be billing 2000+ hours while still running a clothing business and posing for GQ - and I've always thought Kirkland had a reputation as a sweatshop, although GFM would certainly know better than me what the requirements are like there.
Several years ago, I had a job interview with Kirkland's DC office. During lunch, one of the associates told me that while the billable target was 2000 hours, "you need to be billing 2300 to 2400 hours to get a good review." I made a mental note not to work there. The feeling was mutual -- I didn't get an offer.
post #55 of 59
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Originally Posted by Ambulance Chaser
Several years ago, I had a job interview with Kirkland's DC office. During lunch, one of the associates told me that while the billable target was 2000 hours, "you need to be billing 2300 to 2400 hours to get a good review."

K&E really isn't that much different than any other BigLaw firm. Yes, it was a grind. But the work could be good, and there was the opportunity to get to play meaningful roles with clients and in cases fairly early on in one's career. The environment in NY and in the home office in Chicago is civil and professional. There weren't many yellers (which contrasts with some other NY firms where friends of mine work). Didn't work with DC all that much. It's not too difficult to make partner after 7 years or so. Of course, that's a non-equity partner. It wasn't difficult to meet billability targets, because I have essentially worked on only two huge, all encompassing cases for essentially the last four years.

Back to DQ, he may very well be on a different track. Perhaps he doesn't aspire to be a partner. He's making a good dime as an associate, and as long as he does good work, he'll be fine.
post #56 of 59
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Originally Posted by bryce330
By the way, it looks like he dresses the same way at work:

http://www.kirkland.com/ourFirm/lawy...orneyH4ID=8869

And look, he's not scowling!
post #57 of 59
GFM, thanks for your insights about Duncan Quinn. I definitely don't care for this photo of him, but I really respect his work ethic.

The financial upside of being a successful fashion designer is much greater than being a partner at a BigLaw firm, so I imagine DQ is in a good position either way.
post #58 of 59
Lawyer by day, designer by night. The RJman can only dream.
post #59 of 59
Interesting picture, and the suit fits him in an interesting way. Too short sleeves, of course. Next time he have to wear an another tie with a different knot. The tight fitting here is OK in my opinion, and mathing his haircut.
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