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We all know that lawyer-moms face condescension and bias in the legal profession, but must we throw hapless men under the bus to show women our support?

I’m talking about what happened to Paul Reid, a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s Miami office, who objected to a request by opposing counsel, who’s pregnant, for continuance in a trial.

Here’s the backstory: Reid represented an amputee, in a torts case, in which Christen Luikart served as opposing lead counsel. (Reid represents Scott Aswege, who fell 20 feet to a concrete floor from a lift; Luikart represents the lift-maker, Genie, and its parent company, Telex.) Luikart requested that the trial date be pushed back after her baby’s due date. Reid opposed the request, arguing that the delay was unfair to his client. He wrote in opposing defendant’s continuance motion: “Ms. Luikart’s parental leave is not a compelling circumstance justifying the severe prejudice plaintiff will suffer if this matter is continued.” The upshot: The judge ultimately agreed with Luikart.

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Vivia Chen

Vivia Chen is a senior columnist at The American Lawyer and the creator of The Careerist blog.

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