We've all been there: you have one too many drinks at a client lunch, get a bit wobbly on your heels, stumble into a taxi, and wake up the next morning wondering just how much you told your boss about your love life and hoping they were as drunk as you were.
Most times, they were, and come Monday morning all is forgotten and no-one utters a word about the fact you did karaoke to Michal Bolton and were slurring your words.
Unfortunately for an American partner at DLA Piper, her decision to get hammered did not turn out so well, and culminated in her spending a very public night in the slammer.
RollonFriday reports that Laura Flippin (yes, that really is her name), a partner in DLA Piper's Washington office, was fulfilling her duties as a board member of her former school by attending a soiree in September.
By all accounts, the soiree was absolutely rocking, and by the time police responded to a call about drunken behaviour, Flippin had apparently face-planted at the bar and had a nice little cut on her nose.
When the police picked her up (literally and figuratively), Flippin had a blood alcohol level of 0.253, according to the Washington Post.
This is a rather high blood alcohol level, and Flippin was charged with public intoxication, treated by ambos and then locked up to sleep it all off. Just to add to her hangover, she's due to appear in court later this month.
Flippin isn't the only American lawyer to hit the turps a little too hard this month and catch the attention of the authorities at the same time.
The L.A Times reports that former Newport Beach City Attorney David Hunt was arrested last week on suspicion of drink driving after he had a dingle with a parked car.
Hunt, 53, hit the stationary vehicle in a car park and was not injured (though his car didn't fare too well).
Police said Hunt was given a "field sobriety test" at the scene of the crash, which he failed (no doubt because it wasn't an open-book exam). He was arrested immediately but no charges have yet been filed.