As a young associate at McManis Faulkner & Morgan, Eric Sidebotham was put in charge of a $4 million to $6 million gaming dispute between a Silicon Valley executive and a New Jersey casino. The four-year bicoastal battle on behalf of client Omar Siddiqui — a former Fry’s Electronics employee whose massive money problems were covered last winter in the Los Angeles Times, resulted in a confidential settlement.

“My sense — because no one else wanted to deal with it — was that it had a taint to it, nobody wanted to work on a gambling case,” said Sidebotham, who recalls other associates jockeying much more aggressively for positions on the firm’s civil rights and IP matters.

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