BigLaw Alum Pioneers New Practice Area

by lawshucks on March 30, 2009

We’ll take a kinder view of Gregory Fayer‘s self-proclaimed legal first: successfully petitioning Twitter to remove a fake celebrity account. Valleywag described this monumental achievement as “Annoying Lawyer Invents Most Annoying Legal Specialty.”

Fayer was able to boot the imposter on behalf of his client: televangelist Robert H. Schuller, founder of the “Crystal Cathedral” and host of the “Hour of Power.” Someone claiming to first be an assistant and then later the Reverend himself, had been using the account. Mr. Schuller is now happily tweeting in his own name.

Valleywag points out the absurdity of the whole affair. Twitter has a process in place for claiming spoof accounts that doesn’t involve retaining a lawyer: send them an email and they’ll investigate “user name squatting.”

Not clear what value Fayer added, but more on him, including BigLaw, after the jump.

This isn’t exactly groundbreaking legal work.

More than 72,000 people, for example, are following a fake Stephen Colbert. And a spokeswoman for Tina Fey has confirmed that the 89,000 people follow a faux Fey on the micro-blogging site.

Twitter has also had to delete fake accounts set up by impostors purporting to be David Bowie; basketball players Shaquille O’Neal and Nate Robertson; the Dalai Lama; comedian Michael Ian Black; actress Emma Watson; actor Ewan McGregor; and the Austin Police Department.

Somehow they’ve all managed to do that without retaining a self-congratulating lawyer. But times are tough, so far be it from us to rain on Fayer’s parade.

In addition to graduating from Columbia Law in 2005, Fayer has the following degrees:

  • University of Pittsburgh, M.A. (Philosophy)
  • University of Chicago, M.A. (Philosophy)
  • Harvard Divinity School, M.T.S. (Comparative Religion)
  • Midwestern State University, B.A. (Psychology)

In addition to racking up three post-graduate degrees before starting law school, he also toured with rock band “The Sydneys,” which has supposedly released “a number of CDs.”

He joined his current firm, Gipson Hoffman & Fancione this month and he’s already making rain! Previously, he was an associate at Irell & Manella, which is one of only two major California firms without a confirmed layoff. We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt that he wasn’t stealthed.

Unfortunately for Fayer, this isn’t even close to being the best fake-celebrity-on-Twitter story this week. Read about the Dina Lohan imposter (no BigLaw connection, but hilarious nonetheless) on Gawker. For the record, that one, too, was resolved without a lawyer.

More importantly, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter (@lawshucks).

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