Today's opinion lists "Kathleen M. Sullivan" as one of the counsel for Sprint/Nextel. That's not unusual. Kathleen M. Sullivan does indeed do a fair number of appeals in the Ninth Circuit.
But the opinion also lists Kathleen M. Sullivan as an attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle. Now that was surprising. Because the Kathleen M. Sullivan I know is a name partner at Quinn Emanuel.
Perhaps there are two relevant Kathleen Sullivans. Or perhaps -- shudder the thought -- Kathleen M. Sullivan moved firms.
Those familiar with legal superstars will, of course, recognize the third possibility.
The Ninth Circuit intended to list Kathleen M. O'Sullivan as counsel for Sprint/Nextel. This person. Not this person.
Both big-time appellate lawyers. Both huge studs.
But one has an O'.