Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Ashley Madison customers revealed: Peyton Lacy, Ogletree Deakins lawyer who defends companies charged with discriminating, appears at cheaters' site

Peyton Lacy
An attorney in the Birmingham office of a law firm known around the country for defending employers facing discrimination lawsuits is among paying customers at the Ashley Madison extramarital-affairs Webs site, records show.

Peyton Lacy, who is "of counsel" at Ogletree Deakins, has 44 years of experience in labor and employment law. (Note: If a lawyer is listed under "labor and employment," that almost certainly means he defends companies that are alleged to have cheated one or more employees. If a lawyer practices "employment discrimination" law, that means he represents plaintiffs, the employees who claim to have been cheated. My research indicates that for every one employment-discrimination lawyer, there are 100 or more labor and employment lawyers. Gee, I wonder where the money is? What a balanced "justice system" we have.)

Assuming that most companies who are accused of cheating employees actually have cheated them -- and experience tells me that probably is the case -- Peyton Lacy makes his living by defending cheaters. It should be no surprise then that his name appears at Ashley Madison, a site geared specifically for individuals who seek to cheat on their spouses.

Ogletree Deakins is a major player on the labor law scene. It has 49 offices in 27 states and provides services in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, England, Germany, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. Its Birmingham office is downtown in the Wells Fargo Bank Building.

Lacy's bio makes him sound like a distinguished fellow:

He graduated with a J.D. degree from the University of Alabama in 1965, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of the Farrah Order of Jurisprudence. In addition to a traditional labor law practice, Mr. Lacy defends individual and class employment litigation cases in both federal and state court, handles traditional labor law matters for employers including negotiation and arbitration, and counsels employers on preventive measures in both areas. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama in 1962 and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.

So, why is Lacy fooling around on Ashley Madison. We sought comment from him multiple times, but have yet to receive a reply.

Public records show that, as of 2008, Lacy was married to Dorothy Gartrell and they lived at 421 Old Brook Circle in north Shelby County. It's not clear if that union still is intact, but Ms. Gartrell apparently has been involved in a number of business ventures over the years.


(1) Edgar C. Gentle III -- attorney at Gentle Turner Sexton and Harbison, Birmingham, AL (3/8/16)

(2) Stewart Springer -- attorney, solo practice in Birmingham, AL. (3/9/16)

(3) Richard W. "Dick" Bell -- attorney, solo practice in Birmingham, AL (3/14/16)

(4) Robert M.N. Palmer -- attorney and bar association president in Springfield, MO (3/15/16)

(5) Thomas Plouff -- attorney, who is licensed in Alabama and has a practice in Chicago (3/17/16)

(9) Randy Bates -- executive VP and member of board of directors, Golden Flake (10/5/16)

(10) Reid Carpenter -- attorney, Lightfoot Franklin White, Birmingham (10/6/16)

(11) Scott Sink -- exec. VP, McGriff Seibels Williams, Birmingham (10/11/16)

(12) Russell Byrne -- VP for information systems, Bromberg's, Birmingham (10/17/16)

(13) Rob Waudby -- district manager, Skyline Steel, Birmingham (10/24/16)

(14) Paul Wells -- VP, Protective Life, Birmingham (10/25/16)

(15) Brian Shulman -- CEO, LTS Education Systems, Birmingham (10/26/16)


Anonymous said...

A guy who defends corporate cheaters turns out to be a marital cheater -- or at least an attempted marital cheater. Didn't see that one coming.

Anonymous said...

What about the children, what about the children?

Anonymous said...

Roger, I love your blog. But these Ashley Madison stories seem a bit ... tawdry for someone who proudly and fearlessly takes on the most powerful political interests in this state, and who has gone to jail for his professional principles in the battle to expose corruption.

No offense, but your journalism degree and decades of experience are wasted highlighting the probable hypocrisy of a bunch of rich, entitled, middle-aged, white guys who may - or may not - have cheated on their wives sometime in the last decade.

legalschnauzer said...

Thanks for sharing your opinion, @4:54, but I disagree. I believe the mindset exposed in these AM posts is the same one that drives much of the legal, corporate, and political corruption we see in Alabama, and beyond.

If there weren't so many powerful individuals on the list, I would agree with you. But they are there, in bunches, and I believe that is a story -- a big story, in fact.

Anonymous said...

Here is info about Dorothy Gartrell. Looks like she lives in Meadowbrook. Not sure if she and lawyer hubby are still together:


Anonymous said...

Personally, it makes no difference to me whether these clowns are exposed or not. I do find it interesting that these people who seem to be "smart" and successful, can be so stupid. My father taught me as a child, " don't put it in writing unless you want anybody to be able to read it " Didn't these DA's realize that they left "tracks" when they signed up for AM ? Must be a fine line between " smart" and STUPID.

Anonymous said...

Which one of these people is a district attorney?

legalschnauzer said...

You are referring to the comment by @2:11? I think he made a mistake or misunderstood something. None of them is a district attorney.

Anonymous said...

I think in the case of @2:11, DA = dumbass and not District Attorney.

Anonymous said...

From @2:11. Yes, DA's is dumb asses.

Anonymous said...

Fucking insane. Print more about this lillywhite POC.

Anonymous said...

So mature. Making fun of someone because of how they look. Shuler, you're a hypocrite. You're not exactly a handsome man, given your dead, shark-like eyes.

Anonymous said...

Back in my days, we had no disturbing penguins. We just had a pair of assclowns and a jackass, and we had to lick them all by ourselves!