Thursday, June 28, 2012

Meeting with Earl L. Segal, Esq. -- 10/23/91

On the afternoon of October 23, 1991 I met with Akin Gump partner Earl L. Segal, Esq. in his office to review instances of job harassment and to request that I be assigned to a private office or promotion to the firm's legal assistant program from the litigation support group.  Earl Segal was the partner in charge of the legal assistant program.

Something about the meeting stood out in my mind.  At one point I said that some of my coworkers' behaviors might be "tortious."  I specifically recall making that statement.  I vividly recall that at the moment I used the word "tortious," Mr. Segal's eyes opened widely.  Did he view my statement as a veiled threat that I was thinking of instituting some kind of legal action against the firm?  Did my statement in any way figure in Akin Gump's decision to terminate my employment six days later?


Gary Freedman said...

A tort, in common law jurisdictions, is a civil wrong. Tort law deals with situations where a person's behavior has unfairly caused someone else to suffer loss or harm. A tort is not necessarily an illegal act but causes harm. The law allows anyone who is harmed to recover their loss. Tort law is different from criminal law, which deals with situations where a person's actions cause harm to society in general. A claim in tort may be brought by anyone who has suffered loss. Criminal cases tend to be brought by the state, although private prosecutions are possible.

Tort law is also differentiated from equity, in which a petitioner complains of a violation of some right. One who commits a tortious act is called a tortfeasor. The equivalent of tort in civil law jurisdictions is delict. Tort may be defined as a personal injury; or as "a civil action other than a breach of contract."

Gary Freedman said...

Tortious interference with an economic relationship:

Gary Freedman said...

The Ezra Company (
Washington, District Of Columbia, United States

(No referring link)
28 Jun 10:37:54 AM

Gary Freedman said...

(Earl Segal works at The Ezra Company)