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    September 8, 2008  
Christopher Buckley;
Ackerman Legal

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Covington's Steve Rosenbaum hit a gusher at the Court of Federal Claims in 2006—a $1 billion award (on summary judgment, no less) against the Federal government on behalf of 11 oil and gas producers. It's believed to be the largest in the court's history, and on August 25th the Federal Circuit affirmed the monster judgment.


Steve's clients—including two of the world's largest independent oil producers, Anadarko and Devon—bought leases from the Dept. of Interior in the early 80s to explore and drill off the California coast. All well and good, especially when they found over a billion barrels worth of oil below. But post-lease amendments to the Costal Zone Management Act threw a monkey wrench into the works, requiring that any further production be consistent with California's coastal management plan, which, according to California, it wasn't.

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The oil producers sent up the bat signal for Steve, who had secured a $500 million judgment and $138 million settlement in previous unrelated breach of contract actions against the Federal government involving offshore leases. Of course, if everyone came to work like he does, we'd need a lot less oil. Every day Steve makes the 42-mile roundtrip (yep, that's correct) from his Potomac home on his trusty bike—although when he reaches that steep hill by the Old Angler's Inn on his return along McArthur Boulevard, Steve confesses that he dreams of having a good old combustion engine.

Chris Buckley Takes on Supremes

So why did Christopher Buckley (son of the late conservative lion, William F.), decide to skewer the nation's highest court in his latest satire, Supreme Courtship? "I was running out of government agencies to make fun of," said Buckley at Politics & Prose on Friday night. He's already lampooned lobbyists (Thank You For Smoking); the White House (No Way to Treat a First Lady); and the State Department (Florence of Arabia), so he took on the Supremes despite what seemed like limited comic potential. Although he does allow that they "provide amusement every once in a while in the form of deciding presidential elections."


Hmm, as observant journalists, we've just noticed that Chris seems to have a favorite hand gesture at the podium. Anyway, he's made D.C. his home since a speechwriting stint for then-VP George H. W. Bush in the early 80s. The satirist's challenge, he said, is getting more outrageous than reality, and he thought he'd done the job with his tale of a Supreme Court nominee who runs a Judge Judy-like TV show. She's a sexy candidate who wears glasses and loves to shoot guns, while her nemesis is a cosmetically enhanced Senator. Try again, Chris.

Ackerman Legal is Out

That's the official pitch line for Glen Ackerman's concept: a law firm catering to the needs of the LGBT community. Officially opened on September 2 with an office on Connecticut (though we caught up with him at his second home, the Source restaurant at the Newseum), Ackerman Legal has six associates on board to start. Glen says the idea of a "safe place" for people to turn with questions about partnership dissolutions, medical powers of attorney, Social Security survivors benefits and more was inspired in part by his own search for help after splitting with his partner of 17 years.


Benefactor of the Ackerman-Gemette scholarship at Capital University Law School (his alma mater) and founder of a new group called Lawyers for Literacy, Glen says he's less an activist than someone who saw a market opportunity. He chose the firm's red, white, and blue color scheme to underscore the idea that "we're all Americans." And if you don't catch the firm's ads in local media, keep an eye peeled for a Hugo Boss campaign—Glenn is one of the local personalities featured.

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