… on [Dan Gilbert’s] annual pilgrimage to a pumpkin patch with his wife and five children, a stranger offered advice that shook him to the core: “Carve your pumpkin from the bottom.” … he’s turned his not-insubstantial carving skills on an entire city.
Now look, I’m a trial attorney. I can cut somebody’s throat and leave them to bleed out in the gutter with the best of them. But I didn’t want to do that. That’s not my role in this job. My role in this job is sort of the zen of emergency management.
– Detroit Emergency Manager Fascist and Jones Day Law Firm Bankruptcy Partner Kevyn Orr (June 10, 2013) http://www.freep.com/article/20130610/NEWS01/306100080/Kevyn-Orr-Wayne-State-University-emergency-manager-meeting
Q: What is the scope of services for Jones Day’s contract with the City of Detroit?
A: The core restructuring with a fee cap, and “carve outs” (i.e., additional fees) for everything else.
– David G. Heiman, the head of Jones Day’s global restructuring practice (i.e., Orr’s boss) and lead attorney in the Detroit Chapter 9 Bankruptcy (4/5/13) (As of mid-September 2014, Jones Day had reportedly billed Detroit nearly $50 million; Heiman bills $945/hour – a 10% discount!) http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/09/17/detr-s17.html