Attorney Poaches Wife From Milberg Weiss

It’s always nice to score a top partner from a leading firm (even if it’s being indicted). But for Whatley Drake partner Joe Whatley Jr., getting Edith Kallas to bring over her practice group from Milberg Weiss had an additional perk: Whatley now gets to work with his wife. The pair got married in December, Whatley said Friday, and ever since, he’s been trying to convince her to move to his hometown, which he calls L.A. No, not that L.A.

“I’m trying to get her to move to lower Alabama,” he said. “When you say you’re from L.A. in Alabama, it’s lower Alabama.”

Whatley’s feeling less urgency now that he’s opening an office in New York. But he was never too confident in his ability to get Kallas to give up New York for Birmingham. “I don’t think I’ll be successful,” he said.

Justin Scheck

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