Above the Law Gets New Management; Readers Wonder about Lat, Mystal

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Breaking Media, the parent company of the legal tabloid blog Above the Law, announced Jonah Bloom, current editor of Crain’s Communications’ Advertising Age, will join the company as CEO and editor-in-chief this January.

In addition, the digital blog network, which also publishes Fashionista, DealBreaker, and Going Concern, will bring in Matt Creamer, a senior editor at Ad Age, as executive editor, to lead an expansion of the company’s digital presence, according to a press release on ATL.

With the news, ATLs fervent commenters wondered two things: Was David Lat, the blog’s snarky creator, demoted from his position as managing editor of the company’s four blogs, and what will happen to Elie Mystal, the site’s current editor and contributing blogger—oft noted for his witty humor and spell-check mishaps?

“We are all still here,” assures Lat in an interview with the ABA Journal. “There is just going to be more and better content.”

“Right now, the three of us are working all the time; there is just so much news in the legal profession,” Lat adds, referring to himself, Mystal and ATL associate editor Kashmir Hill.

Lat, who focused most of his time on ATL before today’s new hires, says he looks forward to less managing and more writing, and anticipates more West Coast law firm reporting, video segments and greater coverage of internal partnership issues.

Above the Law receives 8 to 10 million page views a month, with roughly 600,000 unique visitors a month, according to Lat.

Lat also serves as general counsel of Breaking Media in New York City.

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