Lawyer in Deep Fryer Over ‘Happy Meal’ Quip

A lawyer who said a bankruptcy judge was “a few french fries short of a Happy Meal” is being ordered to defend his right to practice in her federal court.

William P. Smith, a partner with McDermott Will & Emery based in Chicago, made the statement before Judge Laurel Myerson Isicoff issued a restraining order against his client for anti-competitive actions in a bankruptcy case, according to the Daily Business Review.

“I suggest with respect, your honor, that you’re a few french fries short of a Happy Meal in terms of what’s likely to take place,” Smith reportedly said.

Isicoff has issued a show-cause order asking Smith to defend his right to practice pro hac vice in the Southern District of Florida. Smith’s client, Miami Beach’s Mount Sinai Medical Center & Miami Heart Institute, has found a new law firm, the newspaper reports.

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