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Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Who Let The Dogs Out? -- Hrmph, hrmph, hrmpf!
Where's Spud When You Need Him?

Seattle magazine (Jan. 2003 issue) reports:

Kelly Corr, 54, wasn't surprised when the rock group Nirvana's L.A. lawyer approached him late last year about representing the group in its high-profile lawsuit against Courtney Love, widow of the band's late leader, Kurt Cobain.

After all, Corr had scored a legal win for another Seattle band, Heart, in the mid-'80s when its old record company sued the band for switching labels. Corr treasures the gold and platinum Heart albums in his office, gifts from the grateful band. As for Nirvana, Corr helped broker a settlement in fall of 2002 between Love and the remaining band members, which allowed the release of the last song the band recorded before Cobain's 1994 suicide.

You might not expect life to be so glamorous for a business litigator, and it isn't all the time. But Corr says it's always interesting. He proudly notes that nearly have the winners in Seattle Magazine's business-litigation category in 2001 (the last time we published at "Top Lawyers" list) came from his now-4-year-old firm.

What's been the high point of your career? "Maybe becoming a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers, which is limited to the top 1 percent of all trial lawyers. But maybe a part of me likes to think the high point is yet to come." [Editor's Note: My how quickly we forget. Kelly has a lot of explaining to do to his Network colleagues for whom he served as Chair in 1995-96.]

What's been your biggest letdown? "Sadly, I think it is getting to be a bit dog-eat-dog, whether it's the number of lawyers out there, the economy, or the anonymity of the big city."

What's your philosophy? " It's nice to agree, but when you can't agree, you don't have to be disagreeable."

[Editor's Note: Mr. Corr wishes to announce that in addition to his playmate-like fold-out in this month's Seattle magazine, once again 40% of Seattle's "Best Lawyers" identified in that issue in the business litigation category are at Corr Cronin.]

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