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Associate who told partners of his 'superior legal mind' loses appeal

An associate who was fired after seeking more responsibility in an email proclaiming his “superior legal mind” has lost an appeal of his $77 million suit against Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman.

In a two-sentence opinion, New York’s Appellate Division, First Department, upheld dismissal of the wrongful-termination suit filed by Gregory Berry, the New York Law Journal reports.

The court said Berry could not sue because he had signed a release. The document was part of a $27,000 severance agreement. Berry had contended he wasn’t bound by the release because he received the money 15 days late and the firm shorted him $600, the story says.

Berry’s email had read, in part: “After working here for several months now it has become clear that I have as much experience and ability as an associate many years my senior, as much skill writing, and a superior legal mind to most I have met.”

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