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the-partnership.jpg Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Those are the words to live by at Michelman & Samson...the only trouble is in telling the difference between the two. Steven Harper ushers the reader into the closed-door domain of a big city law firm as you read "The Partnership". The sex, death, inter-office intrigue, vicious backstabbing on both a personal and professional level make for a great read. Harper uses his litigation skills and weaves together such an intricate story with such amazing detail the characters come alive. The Partnership begins at a meeting of the "magnificent seven", the sacred and highly pursued Executive Committee of the seven attorneys who rule M & S. Their current CEO is being forced into retirement by mandate. The race to take his place is being run by Ronald Ratkin and Albert Knight, two long term partners in M & S. Ratkin and Knight joined the firm straight out of law school but for very different reasons. Albert Knight joined M & S with hopes of working hard and becoming successful in a noble profession. Ronald Ratkin joined M & S to become wealthy and powerful beyond his dreams. As the firm changed and is now becoming a global entity, who is better fitted to lead the way? Both Ratkin and Knight have dedicated their lives, sacrificed marriages, families, and ethics to the firm in hopes of one day taking the lead and increasing their personal fortunes to obscene amounts. Will the partner with the decades of dedication, high ethical standards, and loyalty to the firm surpass the flashy, brilliant trial attorney who has brought millions of dollars to the firm? Both of them have secrets, which one of them will win?

About Steven Harper

harper-steven.jpg The Partnership is a legal thriller set against a power struggle at the nation’s most lucrative law firm. Its author, Steven J. Harper, is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s School of Law and its Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences. He is a contributing writer to The American Lawyer (Am Law Daily) and the author of two non-fiction books: Crossing Hoffa: A Teamster’s Story (named by the Chicago Tribune one of the “Best Books of the Year”) and Straddling Worlds: The Jewish-American Journey of Professor Richard W. Leopold. The Partnership is his first novel,
Steve knows something about the subject of his latest book. He recently retired after twenty-five years as a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been included in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. He joined the firm after graduating from Harvard Law School magna cum laude. Prior to attending Harvard, he received combined B.A./M.A. degrees in economics (with distinction and Phi Beta Kappa) from Northwestern University.

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