The tweeters are using at least two anonymous personas, hklaw and hklawtwits. The hklaw persona has 2,368 followers and has sent out 208 updates, while the hklawtwits persona has 2,242 followers and has sent out 474 updates.
The topics of the stories include layoffs the firm made this year, layoffs in 2002, lawsuits involving the firm’s attorneys and posts about attorney departures and disciplinary complaints against current and former attorneys at the firm. A recent tweet on the hklawtwit persona leads to a blog item at the IPBIZ blog at https://ipbiz.blogspot.com that in turn links to an August 2006 Wall Street Journal story about a former Holland & Knight associate’s allegations that a partner, Edward Francis Ryan, in the firm’s Chicago office, padded his bills. The former associate took his allegations to the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission and a complaint was filed against Ryan by the agency’s administrator in November 2008.
Ryan retired from the firm last year, Holland & Knight spokeswoman Aimee Steel said.
Another tweet from the hklawtwits persona links to the HKLaw Investigation blog at https://hklaw.posterous.com. The blog post, dated Jan. 14, includes a New York Law Journal news story about a lawsuit filed by former Holland & Knight partner John Weir in 2006. The New York Law Journal is an affiliate of the Daily Business Review.
Weir, a former Holland & Knight partner in the firm’s New York
Asked about the tweeting, Steel said, “We are aware of it, and believe that any intelligent person would immediately question the credibility of anonymous bloggers such as this.”