Thursday, July 3, 2008

Hancock: the Director's Cut

Posted By on Thu, Jul 3, 2008 at 9:04 AM

This week I was fortunate to get to know Caldwell Hancock, a rather eccentric bankruptcy attorney, who recently called another lawyer an "asswhipe." He also is the subject of an objection by a United States trustee, who documented how Hancock billed his client for a series of 20-hour days. Anyhow, in the course of my reporting, Hancock started to complain that local bankruptcy attorney Robert Mendes—the man he had referred to as an "asswhipe"—put me up to this story. In fact, Mendes did no such thing and only commented on the matter reluctantly. I should also add that I don't know Mendes and, if I ever met him, I can't remember when. But Hancock seems to think Mendes and I are having a bromance, judging by his emails to me. Check out our correspondence after the jump.
Hey Matt: Since you seem to have moderated your prosecutorial approach to me, wihch has enabled me to recover from my initial reaction, let me giveyou a real story, not just one about an email misfire or a worker bee who apparently was not sufficiently capable to handle accurate completion of a document containinig well over 2,000 deetailed time entries. How about intentional violation of disciplinary rules? How about criminal conduct in a bankruptcy case? How about a lawyer ordering me to "sign the fucking order"? any ot that is much more interesting than anything you are looking at and I have it all on paper! Caldwell Hancock
Sure. Let's talk first thing Monday.
Suits me but It is now 8PM on a Friday night, I started working at 7 this morning and am just now wrapping up. That’s 13 hours – now if I had stayed overnight how many hours would I have put in today? That’s right, 20. Or if I continue working until midnight which has happened on occasion, it would be 17. How about that? Lawyers who do emergency room triage practice don’t work 8 hour days. U.S. Trustee lawyers do but the rest of us don’t. You’ll see. Don’t tell me you have gone home for the day. Cheers
Caldwell, can you tell me about this pleading you sent out a few years ago that was sprinkled with profanities?
Sure, I could tell you all about it and provide copies of the papers and the entire story behind it (its pretty funny reading if you weren’t the victim, but still not as entertaining as the Bill Willis/Dale Quillen story) but give me one good reason why I should help you when it is obvious that you are trying to embarrass me at the behest of your good buddy Mendes? Or am I misreading you? Maybe I need to give you another chance to show that you are a gentleman and fair and balanced and convince me that Mendes is NOT behind your present witch hunt before we swap any more information. BTW, your fee application/misdirected email story will so be last week’s news before you get to print. Whatever you do DON’T do any more research to develop the facts, and don’t mention the wine and apology, and don’t check the court records before you go to press with your slander piece. Also, make sure you spell my name correctly and include my phone number and email so folks who want to hire a lawyer who is mean and tough and a street kid from South Nashville who was beaten by his step father with a tree limb yet managed to put himself through college and law school will be able to reach me easily. Be careful ole buddy.


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