Wednesday, June 14, 2006

White-collar defense lawyer Nancy Luque's long been known for tenaciously representing controversial clients such as convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard and, more recently, former Washington Teachers' Union official Gwendolyn Hemphill.

Though that fervor has won her acclaim from clients, it recently came back to haunt Luque, who not long ago was appointed co-chair of the white-collar practice at the D.C. office of DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary.

Six DLA Piper support staffers lodged a formal grievance with D.C. managing partner Ann Ford on April 24, citing Luque's "erratic, unpredictable and turbulent behavior" as making them uncomfortable and creating "a hostile work environment," according to a copy of the letter obtained by Legal Times.
See also WSJ Law Blog.