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November 18, 2008

lots more Wendy Savage, Esq. (and a Susan Friery correction)

Filed under: lawyer news or ethics,q.s. quickies — David Giacalone @ 10:44 am

.. …… from the Beautiful Lawyers Calendar’s Wendy Gallery ..


The folks at the Boston Beautiful Lawyers Calendar know a good thing when they see one: their featured lawyer, Wendy Savage, of the corporation counsel office of Liberty Mutual.  So, they now offer a Wendy Gallery at their website, with 10 large photos from her photo shoot — five in a pinstriped suitcoat and five in that famous black dress. We hope all this good will from the promoters of the Beautiful Lawyers Calendar will bring you to purchase a calendar to help a number of good causes.

Prof. Yabut and the f/k/a Gang thought you might want to know that for us the best part of this whole Calendar-Wendy Phenomenon has been getting to correspond with Wendy.  Having been around quite a few beautiful and smart female lawyers over the past 30 years, I was not the least bit surprised to discover the thoughtful, multi-faceted woman behind the instant-celebrity persona.  None of the other beautiful lawyers in my life ever got so much public attention, but I’m pretty sure they also would have responded in the same level-headed, modest way as Wendy.

.. That’s all for now.  Who needs punditry or poetry, when you have Wendy, Esq.? . .

 . .  p.s. Our resident poet, dagosan, thinks that Susan A. Friery, M.D., Esq., is another very good reason to buy this calendar.

Dr. Susan Friery [a/k/a Susan Mowbray] Update (Feb. 8, 2013): Prof. Yabut, dagosan and I were impressed that Susan Friery had both a medical and law degree.   So, “we” were quite disappointed to find out rather belatedly today that she had been falsely claiming to have a medical degree from Columbia University (and saying she graduated in the top 1% of her class).  Clearly, missing this bit of gossip shows how much we’ve been out of the blawg loop these past four years.

 A notice that I saw today in the February 2013 edition of Washington Lawyer announced the reciprocal 2-year suspension of Friery’s license due to her false representations in Massachusetts. (D.C. decision) The Massachusetts decision to suspend her for two years is dated Jan. 3, 2012.  The extent and long duration (a quarter of a century) of her deception at the firm of Kreindler & Kreindler can be seen in the K&K press release announcing that “Dr. Friery” had been elected a partner.  The Massachusetts court found that K&K did not know of the misrepresentation until the time of her resignation from the firm and that clients were not harmed. (I was surprised that the court never used the name of the law firm in its decision.)  The Legal Profession Blog broke the news on Feb. 2, 2012, but followed its policy of not naming the disciplined attorney; Above the Law reported the suspension on Feb. 6, 2012, naming Ms. Friery and noting she had been chosen for the 2009 Beautiful Lawyers calendar. Staci at ATL credited Thomson Reuters News & Insight for the story.  That Feb. 3, 2012 article has a good summary of this sad tale.   Also, see The Leslie Brodie Report, which has the K&K bio of Dr. Susan Friery.

 As the Legal Profession Blog noted, rather than earning a medical degree, “She had four semesters toward a Ph.D. in pathology and had worked as a morgue technician.”   The former f/k/a gang hopes Ms. Friery is still flexible and that good-doggie Silo has remained loyal.

By the way, I was not impressed that avvo.com’s profile of Ms. Friery still says “We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.” In addition, neither Law.com, Lawdragon.com, Mediation.com, or Quick Click Attorney mentions the 13-month-old Massachusetts suspension.  The D.C. Bar already has her suspension noted in its D.C. lawyer index.

freezing rain
two Baby Boomers
steam-up the Volvo

……… by dagosan

Year-end Update (Dec. 30, 2008): See our post “a sparkingly Savage year,” which discusses the Boston Magazine article “Counsel Requests the Right to Appeal: Smokin’-hot lawyer Wendy Savage defends her buzzy turn as a pinup” (by Alyssa Giacobbe, January 2009), and the issue of professional women posing in sexy pictures.


  1. Susan Friery is not md, just plays one on tv. Check docfinder.org, she doesn’t have a license!

    Comment by breal — February 3, 2009 @ 11:59 am

  2. Breal, my understanding is that using the initials “M.D.” means you have received the academic degree of Medical Doctor. Having a license to practice as a physician is a separate issue.

    follow-up (and mea culpa) (Feb. 8, 2013): As discussed in a follow-up above, I just discovered today, reading about the reciprocal suspension of Susan Friery by the D.C. Bar (Washington Lawyer, February 2013, at 13), that lawyer Friery was never a medical doctor but had been claiming to have a medical degree from Columbia University. I’m sorry that I did not have this information when you first brought up the topic, Breal, three weeks before I closed down this weblog, and stopped paying much attention to the legal world.

    Comment by David Giacalone — February 3, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

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