Trials & Litigation

Lawyer’s Lucky Shoes Spur Motion to Compel Appropriate Footwear

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A Florida plaintiffs lawyer who doesn’t like the holes in his opponent’s tasseled loafers has filed a “motion to compel defense counsel to wear appropriate shoes at trial.”

The motion, filed in Palm Beach County, was denied, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Bill Bone of Larmoyeux & Bone claimed in the motion that defense lawyer Michael Robb has a habit of wearing shoes with holes in the soles while on trial as “a ruse to impress the jury and make them believe that Mr. Robb is humble and simple without sophistication.” During the case, Robb will throw out statements such as “I’m just a simple lawyer,” suggesting that the plaintiff and his lawyer are not as sincere and down to earth, according to the motion.

Robb told the Palm Beach Post that he wears the Cole Haan loafers for a couple reasons—but not the ones outlined by Bone. “I’ve had pretty good luck with these shoes,” Robb said. “They’re comfortable and I wear them. … They’re my trial shoes.”

Above the Law published the motion.

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