I Work for a Crazy Senior Associate


QI’m working with an asshole senior associate who I think just gave me a shitty review—which I didn’t deserve. I promise. This guy is on all kinds of anti-depressants and other medication. I think he is manic-depressive or something. He sees a shrink three times a week. But he’s very secretive about this. Don’t think the firm knows. Should I bring this up at my review?

AKeep your mouth shut and accept the bad evaluation. Selling out the “asshole senior associate” will make you look like a whiny punk. If he’s as crazy as you suggest, the partners already know this. Trust me. Take it on the chin and move on and try not to work for this person again. And don’t worry about the shitty review. Assuming it’s your only one, you’ll be fine. The firm won’t even blink.

Ex-Bitter is a former big firm lawyer who now doles out advice to anyone who asks. Got a question? Email it to advice@bitterlawyer.com. Or read more Advice from an Ex-Bitter.

3 Comments

  1. Skadden Boy

    August 14, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Same thing happened to me.  Gave me an “average” review because I couldn’t work ONE weekend (my girlfriend was in town from LA) after about ten straight months of 20 hour days.

  2. Para

    August 16, 2008 at 11:35 am

    If he’s going three times a week, chances are the firm knows…since that’s time he’s ‘not’ billing.

  3. YrNextBestAsst

    August 26, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Im going only once a week….what a slacker i must be!!

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