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June 26, 2008 2:43 PM

K & L Gates -- a big law firm with a divided brain?

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Sonics lawyer Brad Keller's closing argument included a diagram of the K&L Gates law firm two halves of one brain.

The city's lawyers were shown in green and located on the left side of the brain. The Griffin Group's (Seattle developer Matt Griffin is one of the investors interested in buying the Sonics) lawyers were in blue and on the right. Keller asked if it's really believable that those two sides of the brain were not communicating with each other as one side worked to represent the city in enforcing the lease with the Sonics while the other worked in a separate endeavor to preserve professional basketball in Seattle.

"That's contrary to logic and that's contrary to common sense and if there was even some fleck of plausibility, the law doesn't allow a principal to act as a horse with blinders on," Keller said.

Keller said the specific-performance is being used as a point of a sword to affect the sale of the Sonics. Well, actually, Keller called those two years remaining on the lease a bludgeon, as the city was seeking to force the tenant to sell.

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