Lawyers' E-Mail Spat Makes The News

Another e-mail spat has landed a couple of Boston lawyers in the news. The e-mail exchange was obtained by ABC News' 'Nightline', and the rest is history. Off it went into Cyberspace.

24 year-old lawyer Dianna Abdula was apparently offered a job by Boston Attorney William A. Korman.

She is said to have mailed him:

'Dear Attorney Korman,

At this time, I am writing to inform you that I will not be accepting your (job) offer.

After careful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that the pay you are offering would neither fulfill me nor support the lifestyle I am living in light of the work I would be doing for you. I have decided instead to work for myself, and reap 100% of the benefits that I sow.

Thank you for the interviews'.


Given that you had two interviews, were offered and accepted the job (indeed, you had a definite start date), I am surprised that you chose an e-mail and a 9.30pm voicemail message to convey this information to me. Its smacks of immaturity and is quite unprofessional. Indeed, I did rely upon your acceptance by ordering stationary and business cards with your name, reformatting a computer and setting up both internal and external e-mails for you here at the office. While I do not quarrel with your reasoning, I am extremely disappointed in the way this played out. I sincerely wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors'.

The response is said to have come back:

'A real lawyer would have put the contract in writing and not exercised any such reliance until he did so.

Again, thank you'.

Korman is said to have retorted:

'Thank you for the refresher course on contracts. This is not a bar exam question. You need to realize that this is a very small legal community, especially the criminal defense bar. Do you really want to start off more experienced lawyers at this stage of you career'.

Abdala's alleged response ?

'bla bla bla'.

It is unclear whether the publication of the alleged exchange, which is said to have been confirmed by the two parties, will enable Ms Abdala's career to get off to a good start. She will, however, appeal to those who seek a combatative lawyer.

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