The American Lawyer's Novemeber Cover Story tells the sad tale of Jonathan Bristol. One of Bristol's clients, Ken Starr, was a high-profile financial adviser to celebrities. In 2009, one of Starr's clients, Uma Thurman, began asking tough questions in which Starr had no answers. Last year, he pleaded guilty to investment adviser fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering.
Star's scheme doesn't interest me; his lawyer does. Bristol's story reflects the 30 year development of an attorney and his profession. Because many of Bristol's experiences look so familiar, some lawyers will find his story unsettling. At least, they should.