Posted by Tod Lindberg on 21st April 1997
The Curious Case of Richard Ben-Veniste
The Washington lawyer is the quintessential Washington type. He has the huge house in Wesley Heights or Potomac; the million-dollar partnership bonuses; the Rolodex with everyone’s private number; the squad of young associates who do the grunt work and call him Godfather; the easy intercourse with pols and corporate chieftains seeking free advice or high-priced counsel — and, of course, the ego to go with all of the above. He slips and slides in and out and around government, usually making his reputation through political work he can then sell on the open market.
The Washington lawyer comes in a number of shapes and sizes, from the avuncular Bob Bennett, now representing Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones matter, to the cerebral Ted Olson, everybody’s favorite Republican litigator. Perhaps the most interesting iteration is the attack dog — an in-your-face, take-no-prisoners type best represented these days by Richard Ben-Veniste.