Reaching for the Brass Ring

Richard L. Abel

in Lawyers on Trial

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199760374
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199827077 | DOI:
Reaching for the Brass Ring

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This chapter presents a case involving Ernest Lee Brazil. It shows that Brazil chafed at all authority and restraint. He repeatedly left positions because he insisted on complete independence, refusing to answer to anyone, taking credit for every achievement. He used his position at Fox and Carskadon to write a novel and practice law privately. He left Bray when he was passed over for general counsel. He took unauthorized advances and salary increases at Federal Pacific Corp. He founded InterBank Mortgage Corporation because he “wanted to run the company without any day-to-day input from other executives”. He consulted no one about his loans. He misappropriated a subordinate's signature and notary seal. Brazil's original sin was hubris and his conviction that his superior talents and almost superhuman efforts entitled him to use every available means to grab the brass ring.

Keywords: lawyers; misrepresentation; Ernest Lee Brazil; Federal Pacific Corp; Fox and Carskadon

Chapter.  28231 words. 

Subjects: Legal System and Practice

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