How it felt v how it looked.
A junior lawyer at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has been suspended after he was accused of using racialised insults against a colleague and trying to beat him up.
The lawyer, whom RollOnFriday is not identifying, confronted an associate of Asian heritage at a Simpson Thacher work social event and called him 'General Chan', said sources*, before ripping off his own shirt and challenging the solicitor to a fight.
The junior lawyer's peers at the firm "are shocked that [he] took his top off and tried to fight the associate", said an insider, especially because he appeared to be a "normal, hard working" lawyer, "who was on the cusp of becoming an STB associate". Drink is understood to have been consumed at the event.
The lawyer has been suspended while the firm investigates. A spokesperson for STB said, "While Simpson Thacher does not comment on the details of personnel matters, the Firm takes any allegations of misconduct seriously".
Chest-beating by officers of the court is not unknown, as demonstrated by this law firm's macho site, but friction between colleagues usually stops at an angry email. Lawyer-on-lawyer violence is not completely unknown, however: last year a leading Irish defence lawyer pleaded guilty to battering a former colleague, and in 2014 a US judge strangled a public defender in court.
*not the actual General cited.