The law offices of Kilpatrick Stockton had laid off 24 lawyers yesterday and this morning, police and firefighters responded when Mark Levy, Washington DC-based counsel and chair of Kilpatrick Stockton’s Supreme Court and Appellate Advocacy practice, shot himself at the DC office. What a selfish SOB. He was reportedly one of the attorneys terminated this week.
His listing on the firm’s web site states that he was a Yale Law School grad, a former member of the Clinton Department of Justice and a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law. The firm employs more than 500 attorneys in ten offices globally: Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia; Charlotte, Raleigh and Winston-Salem, North Carolina; New York, New York; Washington, DC; Dubai, UAE; London, UK; and Stockholm, Sweden.
I have written pretty extensively about the recent rise in murder-suicides and a common thread is the inability to deal with financial problems. Most of us are struggling to make ends meet right not, but there is no problem that is insurmountable. As I said before, when the going gets tough, we see the true character of many of these people who kill themselves and members of their families.