Price Out At Arent Fox Since January
We learned for the first time that Joe Price is no longer employed as partner at Arent Fox. Legal Times’ Mike Scarcella broke this Friday in his coverage of the April 24th status hearing.
At the one year anniversary of the murder, media reported Joe as being still employed in the IP practice at Arent Fox. And at that time his pro bono practice work was taking a star turn; he was lead counsel for Miller v. Jenkins, a pivotal case in gay family law. Joe is seen here leading a webinar session on the case from May 2007.
The affidavit was still more than a year away and little was known publicly about the details of the MPD investigation, but the Damocles’ sword was hanging over his head. Joe’s employment situation may have became a very delicate balance.
It tipped on October 27, 2008, when the MPD released the the original affidavit on Dylan Ward. Price was then put on administrative leave according to the Legal Times. Does that happen for any Arent partner whose ‘housemate’ runs afoul of the law?
Recently, as Arent’s D.C. office laid off attorneys, speculation increased on whether the “paid administrative leave” was still in effect. For the past several months Price was listed as an inactive attorney on the Arent Fox website.
Finally, last Friday, Scarcella reported that Price was “fired,” not “let go” back in January at the time of his indictment. When business is good a partner at a major D.C. law firm could bring down the better part of a half million a year. Money like that could go a long way to funding high price legal talent when facing serious felony charges – but that’s no longer the case.
Does fired mean “no severance?” Joe may have anticipated this when he sent out this email to “friends and family” last November, two weeks after the Ward affidavit hit, asking for contributions to their legal defense fund.
And what may the shutting off of the Arent spigot mean for Bernie Grimm ? A leaner, meaner legal team?
And what were the grounds for firing Price, assuming it’s difficult to fire partners? Perhaps the “large quantity of gay male pornography and Sado-Masochism photographs that were found on Price’s work computer,” as detailed in December’s search warrant affidavits.
But Joe still hopes to practice law. With the change in employment came a re-registration with the D.C. Bar. Thanks to “Bea” we’ve learned that Joe filed his fee and listed a DC address, but his email address showed he may have had a new destination in mind. Having dropped “culuket” as a web nom de plum and using a common email host, his address included “fl” at the end of his username.
FL, as in Miami Shores?
-David and Craig