In the past year, lawyers have poisoned three separate personal deals of mine, over matters neither I nor the other side needed to care about. The lawyers were hurting not helping their clients.
Lawyers need to know, and as a law professor I try to teach, the difference between legal matters and business issues. Lawyers must know the difference and stay out of the way of business matters.
All this prompts me to reprint below a wonderful letter from the inimitable Mayor of New York, Fiorella La Guardia. The letter, dated January 29, 1944, is addressed to the heads of various airlines, including American, Eastern, PanAm, and United.
The letter’s ultimate paragraph and final words speak volumes to my point, and the letter as a whole is vintage piece of written communication. Read More