Stock Image
Image Not Available

Lawyer: A Life of Counsel and Controversy

Liman, Arthur L., and Israel, Peter

29 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 1891620045 / ISBN 13: 9781891620041
Published by PublicAffairs, New York, 1998
Condition: very good, very good
From Ground Zero Books, Ltd. (Silver Spring, MD, U.S.A.)

AbeBooks Seller Since August 14, 1998 Seller Rating 4-star rating

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 31.50 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 5.00 Within U.S.A. Destination, rates & speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

25 cm, 386, acid-free paper, illus. Bookseller Inventory # 20973

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Lawyer: A Life of Counsel and Controversy

Publisher: PublicAffairs, New York

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition: very good, very good

Edition: First Printing.

About this title


Liman looks back at his life and career, recalls some of his greatest cases, and comments on changes in the legal profession over the last half of the century


Arthur Liman, a prominent partner at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, died in 1997 after a distinguished career spanning four decades. He represented moguls and big corporations, but was at least as well-known through his public service record, first as counsel for the New York state investigation into the 1971 Attica prison uprising, and then as chief counsel for the Senate Iran-Contra hearings in the mid-1980s. Perhaps because Liman is circumspect with his clients' confidences, or perhaps because he died before he could completely edit his work, Lawyer doesn't have quite the same storytelling rhythm that one gets from, say, Alan Dershowitz. The anecdotal nature of the work, primarily cataloging Liman's successes and failures, makes for a certain sketchiness as autobiography, and lawyers might hope for more practice pointers rather than stories.

Liman's defense of one of his more notorious clients, Michael Milken, is strong, however, and he has entertaining and cogent observations on the multi-billion-dollar Pennzoil v. Texaco litigation. A subtext throughout the book is how the practice of law has changed over the years; the computer-dependent young associate of today will marvel at Liman's descriptions of the need for knitting needles to organize documents in complex litigation in the late 1950s. All in all, Liman's collection of tales and personal experiences provides a pleasant and engrossing read. --Ted Frank

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Founded and operated by trained historians, Ground Zero Books, Ltd., serves the book collector, the scholar, and institutions. We focus on the individual, and pride ourselves on our personal service. Please contact us with your wants, as we have many books not yet listed in our database.

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Books are subject to prior sale. Please ask us to hold a book for you before you
mail your check. Books are returnable within 7 days, if not satisfactory. MD
residents add 6% state sales tax.
The mailing address for Ground Zero Books, Ltd. (a subchapter-S corporation) is
P.O. Box 8369, Silver Spring, MD 20907-8369. You can reach us by phone at 301-
585-1471, by fax at 301-920-0253, or by e-mail at Ground Zero
Books, Ltd., is owned & operated by R. Alan Lewis & Lynne Haims.

Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books
weighing 2.2 LB, or 1 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact
you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order PayPal Invoice