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Thu Mar 29, 2018, 10:43 AM

Contingency Lawyer/Medieval Historian is Trump's New Lead Counsel - By Josh Marshall

By Josh Marshall | March 29, 2018 1:37 am

Today we learned that Donald Trump’s erstwhile lead Russia lawyer, John Dowd, was likely forced to step down rather opting to pursue new opportunities in the law, as originally claimed. That got me curious about Andrew J. Ekonomou, who is now apparently Trump’s new lead attorney since Dowd’s departure. Ekonomou does not appear to have ever worked at a major national law firm, ever worked in Washington, DC or even worked as a defense lawyer. What first attracted my attention was that in addition to being an attorney, Ekonomou is also a medieval historian who writes about the early medieval papacy and the Byzantine empire. As a lapsed PhD myself I thought, if nothing else, this is a great story of PhDs finding alternative career tracks outside the academy!

But Ekonomou’s story actually gets so much better.

Andrew Ekonomou got his bachelor’s degree from Emory University in 1970 and his law degree, also from Emory, in 1974. It was what Ekonomou described to Reuters as a “mid-life crisis” that sent him back to Emory in the 1990s to become a medievalist. He earned his doctorate in 2000.

Since then Ekonomou appears to have mixed history writing with life as a semi-retired or perhaps three-quarters’ time lawyer, doing murder prosecutions on contract for Glynn County DA Jackie Johnson and civil forfeiture work for DAs around his home state of Georgia.

His law firm, Ekonomou Atkinson & Lambros, actually specializes in bringing civil and criminal forfeiture proceedings against convenience store owners accused of running video poker machines. He even does the occasional gig acting as a receiver for this or that business on the skids. He covers a lot of ground. He and law partner, Michael Lambros, even managed to get involved in a reasonably high profile scandal, which we’ll get to in a moment.

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DonViejo Mar 2018 OP
Mr. Ected Mar 2018 #1
The Velveteen Ocelot Mar 2018 #2
CanonRay Mar 2018 #3
nolabels Mar 2018 #4
gibraltar72 Mar 2018 #5
Gothmog Mar 2018 #6
MineralMan Mar 2018 #7
poboy2 Mar 2018 #8
hatrack Mar 2018 #9

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 10:47 AM

1. I think I may understand where Trump is coming from on this one

He's hoping Charlemagne will offer him a full pardon and the keys to the gates of heaven.

If that's his angle, he's picked the perfect lawyer for the job.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 10:52 AM

2. He really did find a "Saul Goodman"!

A low-buck, small-town shyster who specialized in civil and criminal forfeiture proceedings against convenience store owners running video poker machines, taking a percentage of the forfeiture. Actually, Saul Goodman probably would be a step up.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 11:04 AM

3. Love the comment yesterday on MSNBC

he's like a good A ball shortstop asked to pitch game 7 of the World Series.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 11:05 AM

4. Wow, if I am reading correctly, 45 hired another huckster for his legal team

When and if the stuff hits the fan, some more flavor of a tragic comedy. I would prefer not to be in badly made screenplays, especially when they seem kind of real life. I am just pondering on how it's going to be a flop and if goes out with a whimper. More than likely, the characters on one side of the scenes seem to lack any depth

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 12:47 PM

5. so if Muellers investigation

Heads in to prayer in schools or medieval religions or laws. Trump is well prepared.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 12:54 PM

6. Another hack lawyer to represent trump

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 12:54 PM

7. Yet another unqualified addition to Trump's camp.

I'll bet he's good at saying, "Yes, sir!" though.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 12:58 PM

8. Medieval Historian - He must have been hired to argue for the Devine Right of Kings. -nt

 

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Thu Mar 29, 2018, 12:58 PM

9. Well, if he's called on to detect heresy in his legal work, great pick!

Gnostics and Monosyphites, beware!!

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