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Inside Straight: Advice about Lawyering, In-House and Out, That Only the Internet Could Provide

Inside Straight: Advice about Lawyering, In-House and Out, That Only the Internet Could Provide
Product Code: 1620507
About the Author: Mark E. Herrmann
Publication Date: June 2012
ISBN: 978-1-61438-539-4
Page Count: 294
Trim Size: 7 x 10
Sponsoring Entities: ABA Book Publishing, Section of Litigation
Topics: Law Practice Management, Legal Research & Writing, Litigation, Reference
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About Inside Straight

"Above the Law" is one of the most popular legal blogs in the world. Its vast readership ranges from managing partners and general counsel of leading global firms to disaffected young associates and unemployed law school graduates. What happened when "Above the Law" recruited Mark Herrmann -- a best-selling author, former BigLaw partner, and senior in-house lawyer -- to write a twice-weekly column for the blog? Combine the insights of the author, the vitriol of the anonymous "commenters," and the wisdom of crowds, and the result is this fascinating and revealing book: Inside Straight: Advice About Lawyering, In-House and Out, That Only the Internet Could Provide.
What Others are Saying

"Smart, practical, candid, and wickedly funny, Mark Herrmann brings perspective and some well-needed humor to the legal profession. Compulsively readable and immensely entertaining, Herrmann combines survival tips with cutting edge commentary. Whether you're a first-year associate, a senior partner, or a casual observer of the legal profession and human nature, you will enjoy Herrmann's wry jabs at the profession that feeds him. Highly recommended."
-- Sheldon Siegel, New York Times Best Selling Author of PERFECT ALIBI

"Mark Herrmann's "Inside Straight" columns slay me. Not every time but darn close and so much so that I'm addicted. Herrmann has seen it all in his wide-ranging legal career, and he's been a keen observer along the way. His reports from the inside "front" are gifts to the legal profession and so too is this book."
-- Leonard A. Gail, former Deputy Counsel, Bank One Corporation; Founding Partner, Massey & Gail

"Herrmann has a rare combination of experience, common sense, and humor that make his articles both informative and entertaining to lawyers of all walks of life. Are you a big law partner who wants to understand how your client thinks? Read Herrmann's column. Are you a young lawyer who wants to understand what your senior partner wants? Read Herrmann's column. Are you an in-house lawyer trying to understand the business of law? Read Herrmann's column. Or better yet, buy this book, and you get all of Herrmann's wisdom in one neat package."
-- Paul Karlsgodt, Partner, Baker Hostetler and blogger at

"Mark Herrmann regularly writes columns about how attorneys do and should work with each other that I forward to my attorneys as indispensable shorthand for how a team should function. Now that he's compiling his witty wisdom in a book, it will be required reading for any ambitious attorney or law student wanting to know how to effectively serve a client or a boss."
-- Ted Frank, founder, Center for Class Action Fairness LLC; blogger at

"I've read Mark Herrmann's Inside Straight columns since the day he began publishing them. They're honest, funny, and uniquely valuable for any lawyers trying to keep the business they have and win new business. I don't always agree with Mark, but I'm never sorry I took the time to read his columns."
-- John M. Griem, Jr., Partner, Loeb & Loeb LLP

"Mark Herrmann brings the same thoughtful analysis and rapier wit to in-house lawyering as he used to bring to the outhouse kind."
--Merril Hirsh - Troutman Sanders, LLP

"Mark Herrmann is one of the country's most astute commentators on the legal profession. His 'Inside Straight' columns are brilliant and The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law is a masterpiece. I take issue only with his referring to himself as a curmudgeon because, in fact, he is a wonderfully generous person, sharing penetrating insights and humorous anecdotes about the practice of law in the United States today."
-- Jesse Witten, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

"Mark Herrmann hit me up for "advance praise" for his last book, The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law. And now he's asking for advance praise for Inside Straight, too? This guy doesn't know when to quit."
-- Tracy Stratford, Partner, Jones Day