With many lawyers having blown the family’s supper money on the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday (5 November), it might be bittersweet to read that a Saskatoon lawyer who won $CAD15 million (just over $A15m) was reluctant to collect.
The Huffington Post reports that David Worme from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, found out the lotto ticket he purchased from a gas station had netted him $15 million in late August.
However, in true lawyerly fashion, he deliberated and agonised over what would be his next step.
“You see the commercials on TV and you're on a boat and retired,” he is reported to have said after the cheque presentation late last month.
“I've gone through that in my mind and I don't think that's for me.”
Worme, a First Nation Canadian, is such a reluctant millionaire that he has said he will continue to run his law practice rather than toss in the timesheet and retire to sit in a log cabin and eat lots of maple syrup somewhere.
“There isn't anything in particular that I need,” he said. “I've worked hard (my entire) career and I've purchased things that I desired so I have the items I wanted.”
Folklaw could think of more items it could get for $15 million!
In addition to the long lunches, the Melbourne Cup can also be a great time to be a lawyer.
Last year, Joydeep Hor, the head of People Culture + Strategies, told Lawyers Weekly that in all his years of practice, which included being the managing partner of Harmers Workplace Lawyers, there was always work flowing to him on the back of allegations of objectionable behaviour from employer-endorsed Melbourne Cup functions.
“I have seen a range of issues; ranging from harassment and inappropriate workplace behaviour type issues, including alcohol-fuelled rants against management, whether that is at the Cup event or some ancillary, flow-on event when people kick-on to a bar or somewhere else,” he said. “We have also seen some unfortunate cases of the disclosure of confidential information under the influence of alcohol, which is a very serious matter.”
Folklaw will cancel all remaining appointments with industrial relations lawyers this week!