June 21, 1999 Issue
"The days of the firm as a family are over. As is the case with sports teams and Fortune 500 companies, lawyers are now free agents."
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BY T.Z. PARSA
The era of gentility and till-death-do-us-part loyalty at white-shoe law firms is over. Partner divorces, associate-poaching, and client-custody battles are now rampant, as more and more talented associates opt out for investment banking or more civilized in-house-counsel positions. Firms may be pulling in record-breaking revenues, but soaring dissatisfaction in the ranks is making it increasingly difficult to recruit the best and brightest and hold on to rainmakers. Can the bigger-than-ever law firm survive its own success?
At 50, Albert Innaurato thought he was finished as a playwright, a washed-up former wunderkind. But then Second Stage Theatre offered to revive Gemini, his hit Broadway farce from the seventies, and the Muse began to speak again.
David and Penny McCall were a classic A-list power couple: They had an East Side penthouse, a serious art collection, and an estate in the Hamptons dubbed the Taj McCall. But they also shared a deep commitment to rolling up their sleeves and helping people in need, from Harlem to Kosovo; that commitment cost them their lives.
No need to leave your uninspired (or shabby not-so-chic) chair in order to replace it with something surpassingly stylish. Many of the city's marquee interior designers and best design boutiques are now hawking home furnishings in catalogues, both print and online. A guide to the new room service.
A studio loses its sound; girls who talk too much about sex
GOTHAM STYLE Expectant maids, stellar nuptials
Reform Jews turn back the clock
What does James Truman do?
The Insatiable Critic
Cibi-Cibi needs to turn down the volume, but Bolívar sings
Cashmere tanks; a sleek sink
Cinemas that won't be showing The Phantom Menace
Sales & Bargains
Cool off, without the mark-up
BY PETER RAINER
Austin Powers does more flogging than snogging in a funny sequel
If Love Were All fails to transmit Cowards wit
The chill of Tracy Moffatt and Cindy Sherman's sexy new work
The SAB toasts the future
Depardieu was born to swash the Count of Monte Christo's buckle
Forget Euro electronica -- local house music is setting the pace