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The Friday Whine By BRIAN L. TANNEBAUM JANUARY 26, 2018

Posted on January 26, 2018 in

Greetings, The Friday Whine is a casual email to friends and colleagues and contains three things: An ethics update, a legal profession update, and wine recommendation. If you see text in blue, it is a link to an article or information.


Do You Know Who I Am?

Of course, everyone knows the Tax Collector of Seminole County, Florida, at least now they do.


Joel Greenberg was trying (unsuccessfully) to prevent one of the most life-changing, embarrassing events, from happening to him:


He was going to get a speeding ticket.


He was going to get a speeding ticket for going 39 in a 25.


No, he’s not a lawyer, but this incident, all on video for everyone to see, is an example of what I’ve seen lawyers do in these situations. Prosecutors have flashed their prosecutor badges, defense lawyers have started claiming their rights are being violated upon being stopped, and civil lawyers start listing all the important people they know.


The Bar doesn’t care if a lawyer gets a ticket, and will reasonably resolve a case of an unfortunate misdemeanor arrest, but what always creates a larger issue, is when lawyers play the lawyer card.


You may have once heard “you have the right to remain silent.” Joel forgot that.


Remain silent. Don’t be Joel.

Legal Profession


Tech Is Going To Kill The Profession, Except It’s Not.

My friend Carolyn Elefant wrote a great article this week with something the “tech is going to kill the profession” (so buy my tech) crowd hates to see: facts.

Apparently representing clients traditionally is still a good thing.



Syrah is the new Merlot after the movie Sideways. No one drinks it. When’s the last time you had some Syrah, or bought a bottle?

It may be better than Cabernet.


I love Syrah (also spelled Sirah, and Shiraz). The grape was found in Persia (now Iran), made it’s way to France. Now it’s grown in California and Australia as well.