From the Seinfeld episode, "The Chinese Woman."
All right. So let me ask you a question. Who was the man in the cape?
He was my lawyer.
Your lawyer wears a cape . . .?
Yeah. So what?
Who wears a cape?
He's very independent; doesn't follow the trends.
He looks ridiculous in that thing . . .
You have no eye for fashion!!!
I have no eye for fashion?!?!?!
One of two lawyers who had opened the Washington, D.C. office of the Dallas-based law firm of Akin, Gump, Struass, Hauer & Feld, Malcolm Lassman, left the firm in the early 2000s after a falling out with the partners. To them Lassman had become a poor fit for the firm -- someone who might show up in a cape, smoked cigars, used coarse language, and could not operate in a large corporate climate. To Lassman, the partners appeared greedy, taking far more money out of the firm as a percentage of Akin Gump's income than they ever had before. When Bob Strauss was dominant at the firm, he always wanted to minimize the gap in pay between the top earners, including himself, and everyone else. In the 2000s, the disparity in pay between top earners and everyone else grew enormously.