His career, of course, belied that observation. Rountree became a successful partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, one of America’s most prestigious international law firms based in New York, before moving back to his native Birmingham, Ala., and then retiring in 2000.
A new book from ABA Publishing, Humor in the Salt Mines: A Master Lawyer’s Guide to Associate Success,captures Rountree’s well-honed views on how to practice law. His advice is funny, timeless and true, and it hints at the pleasures from aiming to practice law at the highest level.
The book draws heavily from Rountree’s memos that helped shape generations of lawyers who had the good fortune to work with him. A graduate of the University of Alabama and Harvard Law School, Rountree practiced law as a corporate litigator and trial lawyer, mostly in New York. After retiring from Debevoise & Plimpton, he became a shareholder at Maynard, Cooper & Gale P.C. in Birmingham. A prolific writer, Rountree wrote several books, including The Roman Republic: An Historical Parallel?,Human Nature, Morality and the State, and Words: Essays and Other Words.
Rountree died in 2010. At the direction of his wife, Helen Hill Rountree, proceeds from this book will be help finance the work of the ABA Section of Litigation, of which he was a founding member and former chair.
Title: Humor in the Salt Mines: A Master Lawyer’s Guide to Associate Success
Publisher: ABA Section of Litigation
Product Code: 5310423
Orders: 800-285-2221 or ambar.org/humor
Editor’s note: Review copies are available by sending an email to Dean Pappas at Dean.Pappas@americanbar.org. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Dean Pappas, American Bar Association, Book Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.