Biglaw partners make up for their clumsiness by letting Texas employees use plumbers


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Finally, we sign in at Kirkland & Ellis’s Andy Calder, Is a partner and member of the company’s global management committee, which was still in the early stages of the pandemic (May 2020), He sent a sharp e-mail to colleagues in the company’s Houston office.. This email scolds people that they need to continue to increase billable time, and that the company “is not a train of gravy, you can just relax and take it with you”, and “the math won’t solve well for you Question” at the end of this year. “We (to me) rightly condemned Calder because he lacks compassion like most people and is doing our best to weather the global pandemic.

The winter weather in Texas is unpredictable, and Calder seems to be showing a kind side. The freezing temperatures and snowfall in Texas last week caused massive power outages and heat loss, which in turn led to freezing and pipeline rupture. This makes plumbing services particularly important, and Kirkland is stepping up its efforts to ensure that employees can use plumbers when needed. As the company’s reminder said: “For everyone who wants to taste the gravy train email on Calder…this is what he meant. [sic] Really. “

So Done The email sent to all employees in the Houston office said:

Many people who admire Houston blasted their pipes and couldn’t find a plumber for love or money. That didn’t work, so we managed to get plumbers to prioritize Kirkland employees at a slightly lower rate in the next few days. Essentially, we have hired him as a permanent member of the company.

Instruct employees to contact a partner who is not Calder (or his assistant) assisting in the simulcast, and they will be listed as the top plumber. “It should be the same day or the second day of service in the worst case. You will receive an invoice for the reduced amount, and then we will charge the rest.” Whichever way you slice it, this is a nice privilege.

However, it is also recommended that people do not share quotes outside the “Kirkland family” to avoid “wasting the energy of colleagues.” (Since Kirkland-ites is advised to arrange pipe appointments through company contacts, it is not clear how it works.) I mean, of course, maybe your grandmother needs water urgently, but she won’t bill the company, will she? ?


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