Living the Dream 11: “The Review”

“The Review” focuses on Nick’s upcoming review and his fear of getting fired.

My “inspiration” for the episode dates back to a story I heard my first week at Skadden about a slightly insane senior associate who billed 2600 hours a year for nine straight years—only to be heartlessly passed over for partner. Legend has it that the disgruntled associate saw the bad news coming and brought a .38 revolver into his review. After the bad news was delivered, he pulled the gun, aimed it at the Senior Partner’s face, pulled the trigger, and muttered “Bang.” Moments later, he was escorted out of the firm in handcuffs.

At first, this story seemed preposterous to me. Who the hell would do something so stupid and self-destructive? After a few years of billing 2600 hours myself, however, the story began to make perfect sense. In fact, I began to wonder why more people didn’t pull guns or go insane.

In any event, that apocryphal story became the basis for “The Review.” Given the state of the legal economy and the acute, constant fear of getting laid off, it seemed like an unfortunately topical and relatable concept. A perfect BigLaw cocktail: Equal parts fear, anxiety, and pressure—with just a splash of inherent unfairness.

Rick Eid spent eight long, confusing years as a lawyer and investment banker before he finally bailed out to become a writer. He was the founder of Bitter Lawyer, where he also created the web video series Living the Dream. He has since been a producer and executive producer of Law & Order, CSI, and The Hostages, among other television shows. Read articles and content from Rick Eid.


  1. IntheHouseIP

    June 21, 2011 at 8:12 am

    I love the series but cannot get Episode 11 to load. Youtube says “Uploader has not made this video available”

    • Sam Glover

      June 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      Thanks for letting us know. I’m having the same problem, and I’m trying to find the solution.

  2. Fat Daddy, Esq.

    August 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    I found the video on Youtube. Any plans for new videos in the future?

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