His Colleague Kept Including Their Clients in Emails Asking Him for Legal Advice, So He Exposed Him in the Most Public Way

A man worked as an in-house lawyer at a large multinational corporation and held a firm belief that if someone needed his legal advice, he should be made aware of this in advance. Frustratingly, a man named Bill constantly abused this request, and this would soon bring the man to his boiling point, leading him to get his own back. 

Requests Without Warning

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Bill, a colleague of the man, persistently includes him in email chains with external clients, requesting legal advice without prior notice or context. This was frustrating, as the email chains put pressure on him to respond, leading him to regularly have to do extra work at the tip of a hat.

Polite Requests for Boundaries

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Initially, the man took a polite approach, advising Bill not to involve him in such exchanges. He explained to him that external clients have their own legal departments, and his role was to advise the company, not their clients. The man also highlighted the problematic nature of Bill’s actions, as he was exposing the company to unnecessary risk.

Falling on Deaf Ears

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Initially, it seemed that Bill had acknowledged this feedback, and the email chains briefly stopped. However, it wasn’t long until he continued once again, pushing the man to his limits.

A Disconcerting Development

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The situation escalated when Bill included the man in a highly problematic email thread, which involved an external client filing a dispute against the corporation the man worked for. This development caused anger and frustration for the man, leading to a bold response.

A Firm Response

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In a moment of frustration, the man took a decisive step. “I removed all external parties from the thread, and replied-all to the people remaining on the thread from my company”, the man explained. He had found the perfect way to expose Bill for his wrongdoings. 

The Email 

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“Bill, you have to STOP dropping your legal counsel into the middle of email threads with external parties without any heads-up or context”, the email read. “My job is to advise OUR company, and NOT to advise counterparties with whom we might have potential disputes. You CANNOT keep doing this. You are compromising our company’s interests.”

Negative Reactions

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Bill chose not to reply to the man’s email, leaving the situation hanging. However, responses from other colleagues within the email chain came flooding in, and some of them felt that the man had gone too far.

Positive Reactions

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However, other co-workers were pleased with the response and laughed over it. They even shared the email’s content amongst themselves, proud of their legal advisor’s stark behavior. 

Understanding His Frustration

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Interestingly, it turned out that the man wasn’t alone in this challenge. Several colleagues came to thank him for his action against Bill, as they too had experienced unwarranted legal requests via email chains. 

Defending His Actions

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Ultimately, the man believed that he had done nothing wrong. “I understand that I could have been more civil, but it was absolutely necessary because Bill was acting unprofessionally and his actions carried some serious risks”, he defended.

The Internet’s Thoughts 

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Faced with conflicting opinions from his colleagues, the man decided to seek out an outside perspective. He posted his story on his favorite online forum, asking his readers to comment with their verdict. “Nice – you did what you had to do”, praised one reader. “I would have copied his boss in as well, so you even limited the fallout for him which was considerate of you.”

Problematic Bill

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Many law-savvy readers were shocked at Bill’s behavior. “That sort of nonsense could cause problems down the road… why wouldn’t he just ask you for legal advice privately instead of creating unnecessary liability for the company?”, one commenter asked. “Bill needs to realize that you’re the company’s lawyer, not some chill guy who hands out legal advice willy-nilly.”

Take Further Action

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Ultimately, most people felt it to be a good idea to take further action if the problem continued. “If this doesn’t resolve the problem, it’s time to either take this to HR or the higher-ups”, suggested another commenter. “I worry what other legal liabilities his behavior could cause if not addressed.”

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