Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits

James D. Zirin '61

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 12:00pm
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Please join us for a book talk with James D. Zirin '61, to discuss Plaintiff in Chief:  A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits.

From the Publisher: "A comprehensive analysis of Donald Trump's legal history reveals his temperament, methods, character, and morality.

Unlike all previous presidents who held distinguished positions in government or the military prior to entering office, Donald Trump's political worldview was molded in the courtroom. He sees law not as a system of rules to be obeyed and ethical ideals to be respected, but as a weapon to be used against his adversaries or a hurdle to be sidestepped when it gets in his way. He has weaponized the justice system throughout his career, and he has continued to use these backhanded tactics as Plaintiff in Chief.

In this book, distinguished New York attorney James D. Zirin presents Trump's lengthy litigation history as an indication of his character and morality, and his findings are chilling: if you partner with Donald Trump, you will probably wind up litigating with him. If you enroll in his university or buy one of his apartments, chances are you will want your money back. If you are a woman and you get too close to him, you may need to watch your back. If you try to sue him, he's likely to defame you. If you make a deal with him, you had better get it in writing. If you are a lawyer, an architect, or even his dentist, you'd better get paid up front. If you venture an opinion that publicly criticizes him, you may be sued for libel.

A window into the president's dark legal history, Plaintiff in Chief is as informative as it is disturbing."

James D. Zirin '61
Author; former Assistant U.S. Attorney, SDNY

Jim Zirin is the author of three bestselling books, The Mother Court-Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Greatest Trial Court, Supremely Partisan–How Raw Politics Tips the Scales in the United States Supreme Court, and Plaintiff in Chief - A Portrait of Donald Trump In 3,500 Lawsuitspublished by MacMillan. He is host and producer of  the nationally syndicated TV talk show, “Conversations with Jim Zirin.” Guests  have included a range of personalities from the worlds of politics, law, business, foreign relations, theater, and lifestyles. Jim is a leading litigator, having served as  an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the Criminal Division under the legendary Robert M. Morgenthau.