Taking a Stand Against Hate, Discrimination & Anti-Semitism

15 years of Racism Destroys 2 High Profile Attorneys

Last week, the LA Times reported on one of the biggest law firm scandals of the year. 

“Last month, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, one of the nation’s largest law firms, was rocked by the announcement that two top partners were starting their own boutique practice and taking as many as 140 colleagues with them.

The shock inside Lewis Brisbois’ downtown Los Angeles headquarters soon gave way to anger as the recently departed partners embarked on a press campaign that portrayed their former employer as a profit-focused legal mill that ground down the aspirations of its lawyers.

“We decided we didn’t want to compromise anymore,” one of the partners, John Barber, told a reporter in May. The other, Jeff Ranen, recalled giving a rousing “Jerry Maguire speech” to convince colleagues to follow him out the door.

But over the weekend, Lewis Brisbois struck back. 

In an extraordinary move, its management team directed the release of scores of emails in which Barber and Ranen used vile terms for women, Black people, Armenians, Persians, and gay men and traded in offensive stereotypes of Jews and Asians. In one fell swoop, the venerable firm managed to torpedo its new rival, destroy the defecting partners’ careers and send the legal establishment reeling.

The emails, stretching back 15 years, were head-spinning in their coarseness and vitriol. A Superior Court judge was called “Sugar T—s.” Multiple female lawyers were referred to as “c—.” The epithets “fag” and “faggot” were deployed as all-purpose insults. An Asian job applicant was denigrated for the supposed size of his genitalia. Ranen dismissed another job candidate with, “How about someone who’s not a Jew.

LA Times Revenge served ice cold? Top L.A. law firm outs former partners’ racist, sexist emails LATimes BY MATT HAMILTON, HARRIET RYAN JUNE 7, 2023

This Hit Home For Us

This hit home for us as we recently had to deal with a horrifying expression of Anti-Semitism here at Estrin Legal Staffing.

No one deserves to be denigrated, or discriminated against by their race, heritage, sex or sexual preference.  Nobody.  

We have always had a “No Tolerance Policy” here at Estrin Legal Staffing.  Yes, it’s extremely hard to dismiss a top producer, yet the problem won’t get better until collectively, we all say “NO!” to this kind of behavior.

As our incident was around Anti-Semitism specifically, we have encouraged our team to learn more about this specific form of discrimination and hatred in an upcoming free webinar hosted by FordHarrison.

We encourage our team to be aware of, and stand against all forms of discrimination.  

We invite you to join us as we work to try to make the world a little better, one step at a time.

Be a Part of the Solution!

Complimentary Webinar

Taking A Stand Against Antisemitism

A Panel Discussion

Date   Jun 21, 2023

Time   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern 

About the Program
Hate takes on many forms. Hate against Jewish people, known as Antisemitism, continues to skyrocket. The Anti-Defamation League reported a 36% increase in antisemitic events from 2021 to 2022, and FBI statistics show that 63% of religious-based hate crimes are against Jewish individuals.

The workplace is not immune to hate. Despite state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the workplace, one recent study showed that 25% of hiring managers are less likely to promote a Jewish employee, mostly based on Jewish stereotypes and tropes, such as “Jews have too much power, control and wealth.” 

Join FordHarrison partners Dawn Siler-NixonRachel Ullrich, and Johanna Zelman alongside guest co-panelist Michael Igel, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Florida Holocaust Museum, for an in-depth panel discussion on what employers can do to fight against Antisemitism, both in the workplace and in their communities, and to become allies for their Jewish employees.

Continuing Education 

      • FordHarrison is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This course is approved for 1 hour of PDCs. 

      • This program is also pre-approved by HRCI for 1 hour of PHR, GPHR, and SPHR recertification credit. 

      • FordHarrison is an accredited provider of CLE by the State Bar of California. This program is preapproved for 1 hour of General CLE in California.


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    2 Replies to “Taking a Stand Against Hate, Discrimination & Anti-Semitism”

    1. Wow.. 15 years of benefiting from racism and antisemitism to finally call it out. I guess it is bad when money isn’t attached to it anymore. Why else would this only come out when it was convenient to discredit their former employees? Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith wears no clothes.

      1. I’m with you Jim, its sad that the company only responded after they left, taking other employees/clients with them. Glad it finally caught up with them, but come on, 15 years?

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