August 27, 2010

It’s Official: Firm Lawyer Is A “Bad Writer”

The news will come as no surprise to regular readers of the Alaska Law Blog (either one of you). Atkinson Conway & Gagnon lawyer Jerome Juday is now officially an award-winning bad writer. Juday was the winner in the second annual 49 Writers.com Ode To A Dead Salmon bad writing contest.

Dead%20Salmon.jpg49 Writers.com is the project of Alaska based professional writers. Their Ode To A Dead Salmon contest is a tongue-in-cheek endeavor to celebrate Alaska-centric writing. Their website explains that the contest stemmed from a comment that Alaska writer Nancy Lord made about not wanting her writing to “mine the same Alaska myths” by continuing to pen “odes to dead salmon.” So 49 Writers.com set up a contest for bad writing about Alaska.

Juday’s winning entry was entitled Russian River Campground, 5:15 a.m. It was based on the eternal love triangle of a man, a woman and fish.

“I’m honored to be declared the winner,” Juday told Alaska Law Blog editors. “It’s not easy to explain, however. I’m not sure everyone believes me when I say that I had to work hard at writing that badly.”

For his efforts, Juday won a Ray Troll T-shirt. Since Juday’s legal training obviously contributed to his bad writing skills, the firm Management Committee has declared the T-shirt to be the spoils of the legal profession. As such, it will be rotated on a weekly basis amongst all the firm’s shareholders. Each shareholder is expected to honor the fiduciary duty owed to fellow shareholders by laundering the T-shirt before passing it to the next person.

August 17, 2010

ACG Attorneys Named To 2011 Best Lawyers In America

Atkinson, Conway & Gagnon is pleased to announce that several of the attorneys of the firm have once again been named for listing in the upcoming edition of Best Lawyers In America.

Bruce E. Gagnon has been listed as a Best Lawyer since 1983. For the 2011 edition, Mr. Gagnon is listed in the categories of alternative dispute resolution, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, corporate law, professional malpractice law, real estate law, and securities law.

Robert J. Dickson is once again listed as a Best Lawyer in the category of health care law. Mr. Dickson has been listed as a Best Lawyer since 1995.

Patrick B. Gilmore is listed in the categories of appellate law, bankruptcy and creditor-debtor rights law, bet-the-company litigation,and commercial litigation. Mr. Gilmore has held the Best Lawyer designation since 2005.

Jerome H. Juday has been listed as a Best Lawyer in the category of corporate law since 2007.

According to Steven Naifeh, Editor-In-Chief, "selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 3.1 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Our annual advertisement-free publication has been described by The American Lawyer as 'the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.'"