The two-year litigation pitting Dan Rather against CBS has been a treat for the media, and has involved some big personalities. And that includes our Litigator of the Week: James Quinn of Weil, Gotshal & Manges. Throughout the case, Quinn has been a steady source of snappy quotes for the press. When he spoke to us Tuesday after the New York state appeals court dismissed Rather’s suit, he paraphrased former president Gerald Ford: “Our long national nightmare is over.”

When we called him Thursday, he was equally jolly. “How do you spell ‘over’?” he quipped.

There’s a reason Quinn has always been quick to comment on the case. He explained to us that throughout the litigation, Rather, along with a couple of PR folks, would always show up for the hearings and would later talk to the media. Quinn said it was critical to be on hand to give reporters another version of the facts. “It was important in the sense that this was a lawsuit that was essentially frivolous that was brought for not the reasons you bring lawsuits,” he said. “Their side wanted to make this a public spectacle and knew they could because they knew they could get coverage.”

The Quinn show may not be over. When we told him that Rather’s lawyer, Martin Gold of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, had vowed to appeal, Quinn responded: “He doesn’t seem to understand how ‘over’ is spelled,” he said. “Yes, is it theoretically possible that the [New York] Court of Appeals will take case? Yes. Is it likely? No.”