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98/01/16: "Photographers Snap: File Complaints vs. National Geographic,"
"Lawrence Savell, media-law expert for the Manhattan firm of Chadbourne &
Park, finds National Geographic's use of the photographs perfectly within legal
boundaries. 'I think this is another lawsuit the publisher will win,' he says. Savell
cites as precedent the case of Tasini v. The New York Times, in which New York judge Sonya
Sotomayor ruled that publishers can reprint works without securing additional rights as
long as the new use is close to the original. That case is currently on appeal. 'This
strikes me as an even stronger case than the Tasini case,' Savell explained, because the
National Geographic CD-ROM even reproduces advertisements as they appeared on the
98/03/01: "Guccione loses appeal on military ban," Folio:The Magazine for
Magazine Management, at 18 (Bob Guccione, Penthouse cannot be sold on military bases)
(available in LEXIS-NEXIS News Library):
"Lawrence Savell, a media law specialist at the New York City firm of Chadbourne
& Park, says he thinks Guccione's appeal has merit. ''Under classic First Amendment
analysis, this [ban] wouldn't hold up,' Savell says. 'When you start distinguishing
between different types of material, that undermines the legitimacy of the statute.' He
points out that the law as it's currently written would not ban a book containing erotic
content, but would ban an audio recording of that book. Similarly, Penthouse is banned,
but a book containing images from Penthouse would not be."
98/04: Poly Prep Spring 1998 Class Notes:
"On the surface, Larry Savell is a hard-working big-law-firm litigator at
Chadbourne & Parke in New York, but just beneath that exterior beats the heart of a
minstrel. Larry, who in past years has published humorous essays and satires (none with
the permission of the Polygon where he is still under contract) in legal and
general interest periodicals, has gotten into the habit of creating elaborate Christmas
cards, such as videotaped messages. This year's effort was a professionally produced CD
containing four original songs about religion [actually, holidays] and the law, written
and sung by Larry himself. The liner notes describe the project as 'career suicide.'"
98/06/29: "No 'Pets' Allowed on Military Bases: Ruling Against Penthouse Is
Upheld," Folio: First Day re Penthouse certiorari denial:
"Lawrence Savell, a media-law and Constitution specialist with the New York firm
of Chadbourne & Parke, agrees with Scheindlin and worries about the precedent the
Supreme Court's decision might set.
"'It's a scary thing when you can discriminate among different types of
publications based on the content or viewpoint being expressed,' Savell says. 'Does this
signal an increased willingness to accept increasing restrictions on the exercise of free
98/07/06: "Free Speech, But Whose?", Wired News, http://www.wired.com/news/news/politics/story/13467.html:
"'If you have more worldwide distribution, you're going to have more lawsuits,'
said Lawrence Savell, a New-York based media lawyer with Chadbourne & Park. 'It puts
the First Amendment in danger, which is one of the reasons we broke away from England in
the first place.'"
"Penthouse appeal of military ban is denied," Folio: The Magazine
for Magazine Management, at 13:
"Lawrence Savell, a media law and Constitution specialist with the New
York firm of Chadbourne & Parke, agrees with Scheindlin and says he
worries about the precedent the Supreme Court decision might set. 'It's a
scary thing when you can discriminate among different types of publications
based on the content or viewpoint being expressed," he says. "Does
this signal an increased willingness to accept increasing restrictions on the
exercise of free speech?'"
98/11: "Chadbourne's Jingle Man," American Lawyer, at 23:
"This holiday season lawyers at New York's Chadbourne & Parke can toss out
their Burl Ives Christmas collections and tune in to one of their own. Lawrence Savell,
counsel at the firm, is about to make his commercial debut as a recording artist.
"Savell defends companies in consumer products liability cases, and magazine
publishers in libel and contracts work. For years, he has written songs as a way to
express himself--and keep his sanity. This fall he'll sell his nine-song compilation of
holiday tunes through local law school bookstores and on consignment at record stores.
"Savell, 40, started writing songs about law school life at the University of
Michigan Law. As a fourth-year Chadbourne associate, he formed a band with other lawyers,
paralegals, and secretaries. The band's major date was the Chadbourne Christmas party,
where the hit was 'Bill Those Hours,' sung to the tune of 'Jingle Bells.'
"Though the group broke up after about three years, Savell didn't put away his
sleigh bells. He decided to write and record holiday songs about lawyers and distribute
them as holiday greetings. In 1988 he sent out a vinyl record to colleagues, friends, and
clients that featured 'I Dreamed I Saw Santa Workin' in the Library.' His Christmas list
hit 500 last year.
"Last year's recording--burned on to a CD rather than pressed on vinyl--includes a
cleverly titled, if fairly repetitious, 'It's Still a Billable Christmas.' The recording
is rounded out with songs like 'All I Want For Christmas is a Stomach Lining,' and
on a Red-Eye with Santa on Christmas Eve.'
"This year's collection includes several new treats like 'Let 'Em Sue,' a song
that will stick with trial lawyers like so much plum pudding. 'Oh, the sidewalks outside
are slippery/Hot chocolate can burn your lippery/But defense work is what I do/So let 'em
sue, let 'em sue, let 'em sue. . . . When I finally head outside/How I hate that my
revenues chill/But with my beeper and fax beside/I'm always warm and ready to bill.'
"Savell concedes that what started as a hobby has become an obsession. He spent
over 100 hours on production and over $10,000 on this year's project (more than twice as
much as last year). That doesn't leave much in his budget for vacations. Instead, Savell
spent his summer nights locked in his makeshift studio with the windows closed to noisy
city traffic and the air-conditioning turned off. The studio doubles as his bedroom in his
Upper East Side apartment. 'Staying up late in a closed room without air-conditioning
[you] have to he a little nuts,' he says.
"Savell plays guitar but achieves a fuller sound with the use of a synthesizer and
computer. He cuts and pastes his voice into tracks, so that it often sounds like there are
many Larry Savells. 'The possibility for schizophrenia is tremendous,' he says.
"Colleagues and clients say that Savell's work does not go in vain. Mary
a Chadbourne litigation partner, describes him as a 'gentle, funny fellow who has saved my
sanity on a number of occasions. He's a real mensch.'
"Adds client Andrew Rak, senior counsel at Fortune Brands, Inc.: 'It's a nice
touch that he takes time to use his creativity to make people happy.
"Need to stuff an associate's stocking? Go to www.lawrencesavell.com for
information on how to order. The CDs cost $15 each and weigh less than your typical
98/12: "Marketing Roundup," Marketing for Lawyers, at 8:
"ATTORNEY ALBUM: No one gets into the spirit of the season more than Lawrence
Savell, a lawyer at New York City's Chadbourne & Parke, who has the perfect antidote
to any holiday blues: a little legal-themed music. Mr. Savell's talents are
showcased in a CD titled 'The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album,' which includes tunes like 'I
Dreamed I Saw Santa Working in the Library' and 'All I want for Christmas Is a Stomach
Lining' (a reference to the ulcer he developed in his first year of practice). From
providing entertainment at a firm Christmas party, Mr. Savell's song stylings have gone
on, at the behest of Chadbourne's partners, to tickle the funnybones of many Fortune 500
clients, becoming, over time, a 'very well-received' holiday tradition of sorts. Mr.
Savell related that one amused recipient even played his CD over the loudspeaker in the
company's legal department. Music is a good way of establishing a rapport with
clients, the caroling counselor asserts, as it lets them know that Chadbourne's lawyers
'work hard, but also play hard.' He admitted that 'you have to decide who to send it
to,' but for 'clients with a sense of humor,' among them the general counsel of some of
Chadbourne's biggest clients, the joke seems to have gone over well. After all, as
Mr. Savell pointed out, 'it doesn't offend anyone,' with the possible exception of
lawyers, whom he characterized as 'thick-skinned' enough to take a little ribbing."
98/12/07: "Xmas Songs From Chadbourne," The National Law Journal, at
A4 (formerly at http://www.ljx.com/nlj/1998/sidebar1207.html):
"Weird Al Yankovic, watch out. A new musical parodist has come to town, and he
knows how to defend himself from libel suits.
"Lawrence Savell, a counsel at New York's Chadbourne & Parke L.L.P., has recently
cut 'The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album,' featuring such instant classics as 'It's Still a
Billable Christmas,' 'Bill Those Hours' (to the tune of 'Jingle Bells') and 'I Dreamed I
Saw Santa Working in the Library.'
"Mr. Savell imagines Santa defending mass tort suits for defective tinsel and
recouping his losses with a claim against the vehicle industry ('Santa v. Acme Sleigh and
Does 1 Through 8'). Many of the darker riffs explore the themes of pressure ('Hey Mr.
Santa, pass the Mylanta') and overwork ('Holiday means you come to work but don't have to
wear a suit'). All are delivered in a style that echoes Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen
and the Beach Boys. "The common element is a limited number of chords,'' Mr. Savell
"The chanteur began his career at the University of Michigan Law School's Law Revue
in the early 1980s. After a few years, he worked up the nerve to perform at Chadbourne's
Christmas party. Now the firm gives his CDs to Fortune 500 clients.
"As one might suspect from his lyrics, Mr. Savell works hard. He bills in the high
2000s and developed an ulcer in his first year of practice. (Hence the song, 'All I want
for Christmas is a Stomach Lining.') His philosophy: 'You have to have a sense of humor to
be a good lawyer.'
"He may often be found in a 36th-floor conference room, practicing with his band, the
Breach of Contract Boys, which is doing a comeback tour at the request of Chadbourne
98/12/16: "Lawyer releases holiday album of humorous law-related music," Florida
"Looking for a stocking-stuffer for the senior partner who has everything?
"New York City lawyer Lawrence Savell has just released a CD of satirical
law-related holiday music.
"'My songs poke good-natured fun at lawyers and the legal profession,' said
Savell, a litigator with Chadbourne & Parke.
"Some of the original songs and parodies on the CD include 'Santa and l Are Going
to Pull an All-Nighter on Christmas,' 'Let 'Em Sue,' 'Santa v. Acme Sleigh,' 'It's Going To
Be a Billable Christmas,' and ' I Dreamed I Saw Santa Workin' In the Library.'
"Savell said he has written and recorded humorous law-related songs for family
members, friends and co-workers. This year he decided to go public.
"The songs are 'intended to evidence that lawyers can make and take a good-natured
joke about themselves without it resulting in protracted -- albeit lucrative --
"The CDs sell for $15 and cassettes for $10, plus $5 shipping. Contact
Savell at P.O. Box 1294, New York 10185-1294 or through his website at
www.lawrencesavell.com. Credit card orders are accepted at (888) 453-4046, by fax at
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98/12/16: "The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album," New Hampshire Bar News,
"IF YOU ARE LOOKING for that perfect gift for your law firm associates this
holiday season and just don't know where else to turn, you may want to give your
co-workers a compact disc that will amuse your entire firm.
"'The Lawyer's Holiday Humor Album,' written and sung by New York City attorney
Lawrence Savell of Chadbourne & Parke LLP, is a compilation of reworded popular
Christmas and holiday songs that pokes good-natured fun at lawyers and the legal
"With songs like 'All I Want for Christmas is a Stomach Lining' and 'Ridin' On a
Red Eye with Santa on Christmas Eve', the CD offers lawyers an opportunity to laugh along
with Savell as he sings about common situations and frustrations lawyers share.
"A litigation attorney in New York, Savell says he is also a part-time songwriter,
singer and musician. After writing law-related humorous CD's for the past several
years for his family, friends and co-workers, Savell decided to release 'The Lawyer's
Holiday Humor Album' to the public.
"'I believe the CDs are more personal than traditional store-bought cards, and
they hopefully bring a smile and a little diversion to persons who receive them,' Savell
said. 'In particular, they allow me to express my appreciation to the people with
whom I work at my firm for the assistance and comradeship they have provided me during yet
another stressful and demanding year.'
"Savell admits that his songs may he a bit amateurish, since they are recorded in
his Manhattan bedroom, and occasionally a siren or horn can be heard in the background.
But, Savell said, he thinks that adds to the charm.
"And through his music, Savell hopes to bring that charm to the legal profession
during the holidays, a particularly stressful time for many, he said.
"'While, as a lawyer, I have to keep some control lest people get the impression
that I am completely frivolous,' Savell said, 'I have tried to balance a sense of
perspective with the idea that this is a season of joy and pleasure, and that a little
mirth has its place even in my profession.'
"The holiday CD, which sells for $15 ($10 cassette), is available through
Savell's post office box; Lawrence Savell, P.O. Box 1294, New York, NY 10185-1294. or at www.lawrencesavell.com."
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98/12/21: Personal Injury LAWCAST, at 8:
"Litigator sings 'Let 'Em Sue' and other lawyers' songs of holiday cheer.
When he's not defending products liability cases, Lawrence Savell, of New York City's
Chadbourne and Parke, likes to sing. He has a long-standing holiday tradition of letting
recordings of his music serve as his Christmas greetings, which he passes on to friends,
relatives, clients, and people he meets on airplanes. He continues that tradition this
year with a CD of holiday songs about the practice, including 'Let Em Sue,' and 'It's
Gonna Be a Billable Christmas.' Information about obtaining Savell's holiday album can be
obtained at his web site at www.lawrencesavell.com. Lawrence Savell, 'The Lawyer's Holiday
Humor Album' (New York, 1998). LEGAL BUSINESS - HUMOR"
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