A New York judge has ruled that a former Orrick associate may only seek nominal damages in his claim alleging the firm broke a promise to promote him to partner. In a 2005 suit, Patrick J. Hoeffner asked for $100 million in damages based on lost future earnings and other alleged economic injuries flowing from his failure to become partner. The unusual suit has attracted attention because large firms frequently hold out the carrot of partnership to associates, even as hundreds are passed over every year.
Judge Limits Damages in Would-Be Partner's Suit Against Orrick
New York Law Journal
August 6, 2008