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Anonymous Lawyer

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  856 Ratings  ·  146 Reviews
A wickedly funny debut novel about a high-powered lawyer whose shockingly candid blog about life inside his firm threatens to destroy him

He's a hiring partner at one of the world's largest law firms. Brilliant yet ruthless, he has little patience for associates who leave the office before midnight or steal candy from the bowl on his secretary's desk. He hates holidays and
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published July 25th 2006 by Henry Holt and Co.
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Petra X
Jan 14, 2016 Petra X rated it it was amazing
Warning: do not drink hot coffee whilst reading this book. Snorking and dirty clothes will result.

How many stars? 27! At least! for being the funniest of all possible books about lawyers. It's the sort of book you pass on to all your friends. However, something very odd, although my son and his law student friends enjoyed it, neither of the lawyers I sold it to did. Perhaps they felt it was a bit like a mirror and it wasn't the one which told them that yes, they were the fairest of them all. Pu
Dec 31, 2009 Eric_W rated it really liked it
Shelves: current-affairs
Based on a real blog (still extant) by the no longer anonymous lawyer at a large firm, the novel is in the form of a series of emails and blog postings from the Hiring Partner to his niece, an aspiring lawyer, but not of the same ilk as her uncle.

Our partner despises Daylight Savings Time because instantly a full sixty minutes of billable hours are lost and no one bothers to make it up in the fall, instead, just sleeping in. He hates holidays, why should we celebrate Memorial Day when we could a
Jennifer Wardrip
This is one of the funniest books I've read this year. Sure, the whole "partner-who-wants-to-be-chairman" storyline of the book was a good one--but what kept me glued to the pages of ANONYMOUS LAWYER for four straight hours was the fact that I couldn't stop laughing.

Two paralegals chatting incessantly? Easy solution--punch one of the them in the face. Anonymous Daughter getting fat? Easy enough to solve--let Anonymous Wife take her in for liposuction. My favorite scene from the entire book, tho
Sep 14, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This book is hysterically funny and I would recommend it to anyone who has ever worked in the legal profession.
Anthony Eaton
Apr 09, 2010 Anthony Eaton rated it liked it
My wife is lawyer. Well, a former lawyer. She enjoyed this book immensely, partly because it's a darn funny piece of writing, but also - I suspect - out of a powerful sense of schadenfreude - this is a particularly biting (read: horribly accurate) novel about life at the top of a top lawfirm; insane (and always billable) hours, political backbiting, substance abuse and the constant undermining of everyone around you. And now she doesn't have to do any of that.

As you can probably tell, it's a com
Oct 06, 2008 Erin rated it it was amazing
So funny ... because it is true. I'm not saying every lawyer is like this (obviously, what would that say about me?) but we have all known someone like this. And more than likely, we have all worked for someone like this. I was disappointed Anonymous Lawyer never worked in his boxers at the office. Made me realize that the main character was fictional and not actually my old boss. For a while there I thought he was A.L.
Loathesome, despicible, unconscionable fun.
Mar 04, 2009 Mhairi rated it it was amazing
Hilarious book! I actually laughed out loud at a number of points, and when I read parts to my husband, even he laughed. You don't have to be a "big law" lawyer to get this book - although a knowledge of the stereotypes helps. Overall, a wonderfully funny, light read that I couldn't put down!
Elizabeth Bingham
Ok so some people may not like this because it insults them...I think it's hilarious because it's true. However, I thought the storyline on the actual blog was funnier because on the actual blog Anon Lawyer doesn't give a flip about ANYONE and is meaner to the support staff etc.
Apr 10, 2008 Kathy rated it it was amazing
This was the funniest book i have read in a long time. It is written by a real lawyer and is such a fun, entertaining read. It gives you stereotypical way of how we would view lawyers in the way they think but its written in a funny way.
Ben Babcock
Mar 06, 2016 Ben Babcock rated it really liked it
The epistolary novel was a huge tradition back when the novel was first becoming big. I love that blogs have breathed new life into this form. Anonymous Lawyer, based on a blog of the same name, is the somewhat-fabricated record of the hiring partner at a corporate law firm. He shares his views on summer students, employee management, how to get to the top, and family matters. In this character Jeremy Blachman conveys a perfect, supercilious parody of the shark-like, soulless attorney as we know ...more
Apr 14, 2012 Ensiform rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The novelization of a popular (and hilarious) blog, ostensibly by a hiring partner at a major LA law firm. The titular lawyer, whose obsessions with quality and power are much akin to the protagonist’s in American Psycho, is here made less venomous through a series of emails to his niece. At the firm, he vies for the Chairmanship with a rival he dubs “The jerk,” and worries after an associate finds out the blog is his. Thus a few plot conflicts are presented, and it climaxes when “Associate X” o ...more
Feb 18, 2008 Charlaralotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Charlaralotte by: Fluke purchase at bookstore
Shelves: read-in-2007
Praise the good lord for this book. At the time I picked it up, I was wallowing between jobs, and my mom was cranking up the pressure on me to attend an "open house" for the paralegal program at a local university.

I kept thinking, "I will design the shingle to hang outside the lawyer's office; I will design the business cards, the letterhead, the website. I will decorate the lawyer's office. But there's no way in hell I'm going to go to work EVERY DAY in that lawyer's office."

Still, it was a v
Jun 14, 2013 Nickyty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lawyer
(Reposting an old review -- circa 2007 -- uploaded in Multiply)

Once in a while we come across a book that strikes a chord or two in our lives. But there are those rarer occasions when that random chord striking reverberates into a virtual symphony.

This is what happened to me when I unassumingly picked up this book one evening at the Press Café in Fully Booked Power Plant. By the end of the second chapter, I knew I had to get my own copy.

The book is a satirical insider account of the inner work
Mar 11, 2008 Matimate rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every firm has such person. Everyone know such person and hates it to the bone. The blogging is curse and blessing of our age. The lawyer, who was tired of all deception of pretending his good graces everyday, turned to express his true self on the blog he wrote. He was a hiring partner of the great lawyer firm and he was nasty and mean to everybody, he hated associates who were not working to the point of collapse. The great enemy of his was lurking just behind his back THE JERK. The fight of t ...more
Theryn Fleming
I started reading Jeremy's eponymous law school blog sometime in 2003. In 2004, he started writing the Anonymous Lawyer blog (as "Anonymous Lawyer"). I read it for a while, but it got a bit repetitive and I stopped. A few months later, there was an article in the NY Times "outing" him as the writer behind AL. Fast forward: book deal, writing of book, publishing of book, optioning of book...

I really bought AL because of Jeremy’s personal blog, not the AL blog. I think AL the book is better than
Aug 03, 2009 Nadine rated it liked it
I had a hard time starting this - that was completely my fault- I kept seeing my law office and hearing all the people I work with. I kept thinking about who this person would be that stole the donut, etc... and I would need to stop cause I could literally just see it all- in parts of the book there's notes of other lawyers responding to his blog (it's written in the form of a blog) some of these responses accuse the author of being a partner at their firm- I could have done the same thing-- yes ...more
Mar 15, 2014 Roz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
A brilliantly hilarious book about a hiring partner at a prestigious law firm, who writes a blog online about his job and the people who he works with. He nicknames his co-workers and his family members with anonymous and inappropriate nicknames and complains about his day to day life within the firm. As well as the blog point of view, you read emails between him and his 'anonymous niece', with whom he is always trying to convince to follow in his footsteps. His blog is brilliantly written and t ...more
Celia Powell
Sep 27, 2007 Celia Powell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
I used to occasionally read bits of the blog "Anonymous Lawyer", and thought it was an amusing spoof on life in a big law firm. The book of the blog, however, is a bit awful, as I imagine most books-of-blogs are. It consists of blog entries and emails, with a pretty pathetic plot woven in between. While the over-the-top character who writes the blog entries is amusing, it doesn't work in the emails when the ott character is presented as a real person. Not believable at all, to the point where I ...more
Heather Knight
Another blog-become-novel, Anonymous Lawyer follows an egomaniac, workaholic, and genuinely cruel lawyer as he starts a blog, gets found out, and proceeds to ruin his career. Hard to feel bad for the guy.

Although there are moments that I think we can all relate to in a workplace way, most of it is so foreign (summer interns billing out at $250/hr) that I just couldn't believe it was real.

Anyway, it's a quick read and an interesting peek into another world ... one you won't be sorry you don't li
Jun 11, 2014 Aby rated it really liked it
Featuring one of the best anti-heroes you might find yourself rooting for, the novel is written in the frame of blog entries and e-mails. As I find it always refreshing to read shifting viewpoints, much less shifting frames, I enjoyed and breezed thru the novel. More so since the focus of which is the sarcastic and nihilistic anonymous lawyer who does not fail in coming up with brutal ways to treat and talk about his colleagues in the anonymous firm. And yet this was done with enough humor and a ...more
Kishel Ramirez
This is funny although a bit plain and bland on some parts..
Ive been into lawyers and the job they do since I was a kid, they are just so impressive, y'know men in suits looking very smart and stuffs.
Add SUITS to my apparent love for Law. I just feel like this book is a story that is real and based on a life of a true partner in a big law firm, story of how the good ones are being passed on, how their firms become the center of their lives. It's much like a diary of a real hiring partner.
Jun 16, 2008 Anna rated it really liked it
My mild-mannered corporate lawyer brother-in-law lent this one to me. I wasn't sure what it was going to be about, but I was desperate for something to read...and spent the rest of the night awake trying to finish it before having to give it back to him the next day. I haven't even worked in a huge soulless corporate lawfirm, and yet it's so well written that it's hilarious to anyone. But in particular, I think, to anyone who has suffered the life of a paralegal or clerk.
Nov 14, 2008 Tajha rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
This book is a must read for any lawyer, especially new lawyers. It is written in a highly sarcastic tone and makes fun of everything about the firm lifestyle. I laughed the whole time. The ending was a bit off, but up until then I was enjoying it. The main character reminded me of a few lawyers I know, which made it even funnier/sad. The character basically says what a lot of people actually are thinking but would never admit to in real life.
Aug 07, 2013 Eva rated it it was amazing
life in a law firm as we know it :)

pathetic number of 1600 billable hours per year, partner's generous admission that an associate praying for an ambulance call cause of a serious food allergy is graciously allowed to leave an important office party (I just had to take this one personally) and a summary of reality of part-timing attorneys... very accurate, very very funny... and very very very good thing we can still laugh about these...:)
Jan 21, 2016 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
American Psycho meets
Daniel Montiel
Apr 25, 2012 Daniel Montiel rated it really liked it
I re-read this last week; wanted to be sure it made it here. A very fun and funny book. It presents the law industry and senior partners as a bunch of terrifying monsters, and it's one of the funniest reads I've had in a long time. Told in blog posts and emails, it's also not a bad story. Covering the climb one lawyer has from partner to the top, it's a bigoted, insulting, stereotypical, elitist laugh, and I highly recommend it.
Nov 04, 2007 Sera rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, comedy, own
This is one of the funniest books that I have ever read. I'm not sure if non-lawyers would appreciate it, but I've never worked in a law firm before, and I was in stitches. The premise started as a blog by the author who later turned into a novel. It's about how much it sucks to work at a law firm and what he says has so much truth to it (based on what I've heard) that I really don't how so many people go that route of practice.
Mar 25, 2013 Jay rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, hard-copy
Now that I no longer work at a firm I can laugh at a book like this. Otherwise, it hit too close to home. I kept reading this with the voice of Harvey from Suits playing in my head. Yes, it's outlandish at times but 1) some of those things really go on at a firm, and 2) it's pretty tongue in cheek to begin with. I thought the ending was weird though. Not only was it abrupt, but it didn't really make sense.
Stuart Holmes
Apr 19, 2009 Stuart Holmes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very funny book at times, and written in a way that makes it modern, easy to read and captivating.

I thought the approach to this story was immense and I could read it over and over again.

I would strongly recommend this as a comment on modern life (short snappy blogs) whilst also offering a humorous insight to the legal practice world and comment on billable hours.

Very clever, very funny
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