Articles by Wendeen Eolis

FREE LUNCHES AND OTHER DISBURSEMENT HEADACHES

Business By Wendeen H. Eolis New York Law Journal Presiding over a workshop for senior business executives and law department officials from around the country, John Prudent* (not his real name), Executive Vice President of a Fortune 500 corporation declares, “No more free lunches for outside lawyers, please.” In the company’s million dollar conference room […]
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NEGOTIATING THE LAW FIRM’S ENGAGEMENT LETTER BEFORE SAYING, “I DO”

Business By Wendeen H. Eolis New York Law Journal Sitting as the chief judge in a succession of law firm beauty contests, John Wise*, president of a high-profile communications business, listened intently to the pitches for his company’s pressing big-ticket litigation. Sitting with him was Jim Foreman* his newly appointed general counsel. As their legal […]
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BEAUTY PAGEANTS

Business By Wendeen H. Eolis New York Law Journal Looking back to a time when a high-stakes beauty contest took aim at a procession of bathing-suited lovelies, the selection of outside counsel was mostly the prerogative of a company’s CEO, and a law firm got the nod mostly through the “old boys network.” Today, the […]
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FIGHTING OVER THE BILL: ANATOMY OF A CUSTOMIZED LEGAL FEE EXAMINATION

Business By Wendeen H. Eolis New York Law Journal The CEO and executive vice president/general counsel of Precious Goods Inc. arrived at my office with two documents from the company’s outside lawyers: a dunning notice for $50,000 and an accompanying letter requesting an additional $50,000 retainer payment for continuing work on the company’s protracted lawsuit with […]
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IT’S ALL IN THE GAME

By Wendeen H. Eolis Women’s Business High stakes poker games are no longer the sole province of men. Increasingly, women are playing (“power poker”),the mind-bending game of bets, raises, bluffs and calls, that is sometimes played with cards. It is not that the men who once dominated these tables with iron fists have suddenly turned […]
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NOLAN DALLA: WSOP MEDIA DIRECTOR BRINGS IT ON (PART 1)

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper July 6, 2015  Today Nolan Dalla is in high gear for another starting day of the Main Event of the 45th Annual World Series of Poker at the Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.  The WSOP’s longtime media director has been in residence, at theWSOP, since its inception at the Rio […]
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TAJ POKER ROOM FALLS FOR THE BORGATA

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper March 30, 2015 The Trump Taj Mahal Casino (‘Taj’) poker room drew its biggest crowd in years, for its closing weekend, last month. The nostalgic full house bore respectful witness to the downfall of Atlantic City’s once most iconic card room. People were there for a host […]
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INTERNAL MANAGEMENT CHANGE AFOOT AT POKER STARS

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper December 10, 2014 BREAKING NEWS: From the Continent to the Isle of Man and across the ocean to North America, word on the street is that the latest round of musical chairs inside Poker Stars has ended with Michael Hazel, Rational Group’s CFO, taking the seat at […]
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WILL AMAYA ACQUIRE POKERSTARS’ MIDAS TOUCH?

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper August 4, 2014 Now that Amaya Gaming has completed its purchase of PokerStars, Isai Scheinberg and his son Mark, for whom he founded the company, are totally out. Daniel Baazov, Chairman and CEO of Amaya, and the architect of the PokerStars deal, is totally in.  And today, U. S.  gaming companies are better positioned to compete against […]
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CALLING OUT SEXISM IN POKER: BEYOND MOLLY’S GAME

Poker By Wendeen H. Eolis Poker Player Newspaper July 18, 2014 The bloom was still on the rose of the poker boom when James (Jimmy) Woods strolled into the Commerce Casino, just outside Los Angeles. We met up for coffee and then walked over to a no limit hold’em game with “open seating.” Tobey Maguire was in the […]
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