Quote of the Day - If you fire people, you fire customers.
Denise Howell still works at Reed Smith according to the firm's website (link may be taken down, but it exists today), even though she's traveling now. She's one of MIPTC's inspirations and the first person I went to talk to about starting this blog. To say she's an influence on the Internet is an understatement. Now, however, she's out on her own, having been given the boot by her firm, despite what its website may say.
This lawyer used to work at a similarly sized firm and likewise took the high road to establish this one. Our firm is intentionally relaxed about the things that make big firms crazy, but we still handle the procedural things the same way. It's a comfort level, without the insanity. I think she might like the style. Denise and I have sat together on at least one panel and blog in the same neighborhood in Newport Beach. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get together more frequently now that she's not spending half of a billable day on the road.
Denise is particularly mum about the whys and wherefores due to a confidentiality agreement (read: severance package, I'm guessing). Whatever the reason, what was Reed Smith thinking? I don't know about Denise's rainmaking, but she's certainly a forward thinker and more than creative. There was a ripple in the fabric of the Internet the day that decision was made.
I hadn't noticed that we both sit on the same chair when I went to her office to visit with her about blogging some three years ago, but knowing Denise, it's not the only similarity. Somehow, I think there may be space for an extra Aeron around here.