Ted Frank Is A Troublemaker

Irksome, Law Practice

I should know.  I've argued with him on the internet.

Away from the internet, he's a just a tiny grain of sand, in the wheels of the Obama Administration, Congress, an "arguably" double-dealing bunch of ambulance chasers, and an attempt to compound 222 years of injustice to the largest group of victims in American history.

Read Frank's objection to the outrageous attorney's fee request by the Plaintiffs' counsel (NOT the Plaintiffs) in Cobell v. Salazar, the class action which purports to sell out settle the claims of every American Indian whose land was stolen by the United States government, whose money was then stolen by the Department of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs, and whose settlement fund is … well … by the attorneys who allegedly represent them.

A sample of Frank's objection to the the request for legal fees:

This includes a seven-year stretch where Mr. [Dennis] Gingold billed 28,230 hours—an average of eleven hours a day, every day seven days a week without a single day off.

As anyone who has had to keep billing records knows, it is rare for ten hours of billing to take only ten hours: there are bathroom breaks, coffee breaks, meal breaks, interruptions, and so forth. There are legendary accounts of tireless attorneys who forgo family and leisure; work on little sleep; and are able to regularly bill 3000 hours a year, but they are few and far between. Perhaps Mr. Gingold is one of these exceptional individuals, so far above average that he can routinely bill 4000 hours a year without loss of productivity or health, but this proposition merits scrutiny.

That's only a sample.  Read.

Via the authors of Crime and Federalism and Overlawyered, through Facebook.

Last 5 posts by Patrick Non-White



  1. Ken  •  Apr 21, 2011 @5:32 pm

    The day we flew back from Korea, I totally wanted to work so I could do a more-than-24-hour-day.

  2. Rick C  •  Apr 22, 2011 @11:03 am

    I'm missing something. The post title and tone makes me think you've got a problem with Frank, but your content appears to belie that impression. Are you sarcastically approving of his objection?

  3. Ken  •  Apr 22, 2011 @11:23 am

    We don't approve of sarcasm or irony here.

  4. SPQR  •  Apr 22, 2011 @12:59 pm

    I should hope not.

  5. Rick C  •  Apr 22, 2011 @5:10 pm

    I see what you did there.

  6. Base of the Pillar  •  Apr 23, 2011 @8:04 am

    Not really funny story but I had many arguments with Ted Frank back in the old, old, old internet days (rn g alt.troll). He was also a first class troller (I use that word instead of troll in that he was largely doing it in a way that wasn't disruptive, more along the lines of ""Lawyers, Guns and Money" is my favorite Jethro Tull song" in a thread). His wit was always razor sharp.

    I already like him better now than when I was just a whippersnapper.

  7. Cloudesley Shovell  •  Apr 28, 2011 @3:37 pm

    BotP–Lawyers, Guns, and Money" is actually a Warren Zevon song.

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