Thursday, January 05, 2012

Akin Gump -- Job Promotion -- Gift to J.D. Neary

Effective August 1, 1989 my job as paralegal at the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld was upgraded to full-time with benefits.

As thank-you gifts I gave the Legal Assistant Administrator Maggie Sinnott a box of chocolates.  I gave a necktie to Legal Assistant Coordinator J.D. Neary with a note that said: "I need all the coordinating I can get."  Fellow legal assistant Jesse Raben told me that J.D. Neary mentioned to him that I had bought him a tie.

J.D. Neary wrote the following acknowledgment to me on his letterhead:





I wanted to write and thank you for the great looking tie.  It was really unnecessary but very much appreciated.

If you ever need any "coordinating" don't hesitate to call me.

Thanks again,


During the summer of 1991, a brief time after I returned to the office from lunch, my then direct supervisor (Chris Robertson) offered me a piece of chocolate with the odd phrase, "Here, you look like you need some chocolate."


Gary Freedman said...


Gary Freedman said...

In the spring of 1988, when Akin Gump paralegal Lilliam Machado left the firm to attend law school I bought her a box of chocolates as a gift. Lilliam Machado was my direct supervisor at the time.

I was terminated from my long-term temp assignment at Hogan & Hartson in late February 1988 by my direct supervisor Miriam T. Chilton. I said to Miriam at the termination meeting: "It will be better for you."

I also said, quoting Candide: "All's for the best in this best of all possible worlds."

In mid-June 1988 when Akin Gump hired me as a temporary paralegal, I gave Miriam Chilton a box of chocolates as a gift. I had listed Miriam Chilton as a job reference together with the names of Sheryl Ferguson, Elliot Mincberg, and Maree Sneed -- all Hogan personnel.

See "Attachment B"

Gary Freedman said...

DHR Finding of Fact 4(g)

(g) Upon Complainant’s return to the office from lunch one afternoon during the summer of 1991, his supervisor, Chris Robertson, offered Complainant a piece of chocolate, and stated to Complainant the peculiar phrase, “Here, you look like you need some chocolate.”

Complainant specifically recalls that he told Messrs. Race and Lassman that he interpreted the phrase, “Here, you look like you need some chocolate” as a reference to anal intercourse. Complainant specifically recalls his using the phrase “anal intercourse.”