Dewey-Era Decadence Still Alive And Well At BigLaw

Law360, New York (June 12, 2015, 6:56 PM EDT) -- The fat cat fun on display at the Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP trial — hundreds of thousands of dollars dropped at a Manhattan steakhouse and a penthouse cigar club in a single month — survives in a more conservative BigLaw culture, experts said, as lavish perks are recast as pricey business development events.

Julie Savarino, a firm business development specialist, said "marketing by Skybox" remains a common practice as firms drop tens of thousands of dollars or more on sports tickets and other frivolities — as long as they think they're getting something in return.

"All of that has become a...

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