Bitter Lawyer

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Bitter Lawyer
Web address
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Current status Active is a legal humor and news blog targeted at disgruntled lawyers. The site features a webshow titled Living the Dream, created by Rick Eid, which follows the bumblings of fictional big law junior associate Nick Conley (played by John T. Woods).[1] Accompanying blog posts describe the real-life inspirations behind each webisode. There are also many columns: an advice column authored by "an Ex-Bitter"; "Associate Abuse," which posts associate war stories from all over; "Bitter by Numbers," an opinion column appearing in list form; "Loose Ends," which covers legal news; "Bitter Rant," which posts lawyer rants from all over; "Pictures Framed," which posts images or illustrations of lawyers and invites readers to submit captions; and "Temper(a)mental," written from the point of view of a legal temp.[2]


Creator of the site Rick Eid is executive producer of the CBS series The Ex List.[3] He has also been a producer and writer for the television shows Law & Order, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Conviction (which he created[citation needed]) and The Guardian. He is also a former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom associate and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips partner.[4][not in citation given]

Current contributors include:

  • "Ex-Bitter," a former BigLaw partner.
  • "Law Firm 10," formerly a BigLaw associate in Chicago.

Former contributors include:

  • "Matthew Richardson," a mergers and acquisitions BigLaw associate in New York.
  • Michael Estrin, a former lawyer and full-time writer.
  • Philadelphia Lawyer
  • BL1Y


Bitter Lawyer was ranked in the ABA Journal Blawg 100 in the "Lighter Fare" category, calling the blog "a category killer for legal humor websites."[5]

In 2010 Bitter Lawyer won a Webby for best legal website.[6]

Notable Interviews

Bitter Lawyer regularly interviews celebrities with a connection to the legal community, typically people were formerly lawyers but have since made a name for themselves in another profession.[7] Past interviews have included:

Eugene Volokh of "The Volokh Conspiracy,"[8] humorist and author Tucker Max,[9] author Elizabeth Wurtzel,[10][11] Jeff Marx, composer for Avenue Q,[12] cartoonist Stephan Pastis,[13] author Jeffrey Toobin,[14] Texas Tech football coach Mike Leach,[15] and Joe Escalante, owner of Kung Fu Records.[16]


In April 2011, Bitter Lawyer was acquired by the owners of[17]

In May 2014, Lawyerist sold Bitter Lawyer to Bitter Empire, LLC, a company owned by Lisa Needham and Joline Zepcevski. [18]


  1. Eid, Rick (October 1, 2008). Dream Life, The Second Act.
  2. Living the dream blog. Blawgs directory.
  3. The Ex List.
  5. The 2009 ABA Journal Blawg 100. 2009.
  6. Webbies for Law sites.
  7. Recent Interviews.
  8. "Eugene Volokh: Un-American legal conspirator?"., January 11, 2010.
  9. "Tucker Max - The anti-lawyer"., August 25, 2009.
  10. "Bitter Lawyer Loves Elizabeth Wurtzel – Part 1"., July 23, 2009.
  11. "Bitter Lawyer Loves Elizabeth Wurtzel – Part 2"., July 24, 2009]
  12. "Jeff Marx: JD to Avenue Q"., August 5, 2009.
  13. "Stephan Pastis: Rat, Pig, Lawyer"., June 2, 2009.
  14. "Jeffrey Toobin: ‘Supreme’ Writer"., May 27, 2009.
  15. "Mike Leach: Texas Tech Head Coach, J.D.", May 11, 2009.
  16. "Joe Escalante, Owner, Kung Fu Records"., November 20, 2008.
  17. Lawyerist Acquires Legal Humor Website Bitter Lawyer., April 14, 2011.
  18. Empire State Of Mind., August 20, 2014.