Exclusive: Sidley partners ban staff from saying 'thank you'
05 February 2016
Emails leaked to RollOnFriday have revealed a Sidley Austin partner scolding a lawyer for saying thank you.
In the emails, New York tax partner Paul Wysocki reprimands a female associate after she acknowledges receipt of a colleague's mark-up. Wysocki tells her that keeping him copied in to thank you emails is "just a waste of my time
". Because receiving an email saying thank you and reminding you of the good humour and generous spirit of the young talent that is the future of your firm is a waste of any Sidley partner's time, thank you.
||Manners maketh the Wysocki
Wysocki did find time, however, to copy his response to hedge funds partner David Form, who replied that a ban on 'thank you' is official policy at Sidley Austin. Wysocki then forwarded the good news to associates and interns at the firm, and told them not to send any emails saying thank you to anyone, ever, thank you, is that clear.
RollOnFriday has redacted the names of non-partners in the correspondence, but it appears that in his rush to humiliate his polite associate, Wysnocki accidentally copied in a lawyer at Kirkland & Ellis.
To be fair, Wysocki has a point, given that every time anyone says 'thank you' at Sidley it seems to result in three partners stopping what they are doing to cry, beat their fists against the wall and fire off emails to each other, their juniors and lawyers at competing firms.
The firm failed to respond to a request for comment, but those who have enjoyed this story are invited to send a simple email to Mr Wysocki at email@example.com
expressing their gratitude for his benevolent good humor. Two words should be sufficient, with the second being "you" and the first, please, starting with "th" not "f". Thank you.