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Infighting, carnage, and sexual favors are the real rule of law at the Los Angeles law firm of Thorne & Chase! Complex characters immerse you in the cutthroat culture of big money law firms—firms where partners and associates must win at all costs. They cannibalize each other battling for money, power, love, clients, and ultimately their own survival. With blue-collar idealism and onerous student loans, first-year associate Sophia Christopoulos covets the firm’s money and power. But her new friendships, love, and success come with the shocking price of disillusionment, murder, and betrayal. When Sophia is hurled into a murder investigation, she is torn between ethics and firm politics, as well as love and truth. Fighting to save her career and life, she becomes the star witness—and then a target.
5-STAR REVIEWS! “Warning – don’t start reading until you have time!” “Author Dale E. Manolakas delivers with fully-realized characters who explode off the page. Visceral. Sensual. Alive. Highly recommended.” “A strong, scathingly entertaining commentary on the Los Angeles legal community. Keeps the reader guessing until the end.” “Wow! Powerful look into the law business!”
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Lethal Lawyers is unique because of its authenticity and candid revelations. Although fictionalized, the many characters and legal incidences are based on actual persons, cases, and events in the practice of big law firm litigation in Los Angeles. Extensive experience and interviews, both of senior management and at the associate level, insured its accuracy, legitimacy, and realism.
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After a life time of writing poetry, books, nonfiction, and legal documents, it was author Ray Bradbury’s friendship and encouragement that finally inspired Dale E. Manolakas to pursue writing as a career. He taught her that the characters wrote the book–she didn’t. Raised just outside Los Angeles by a surgeon father and a homemaker-author mother, Dale E. Manolakas had always aspired to an acting career, but also had to make a living.
Dale E. Manolakas earned her B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and M.A., M.S., Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from the University of Southern California. She is a member of the California Bar, had the privilege of clerking for The Honorable Arthur L. Alarcón at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, was a litigator in two major Los Angeles law firms, and a senior appellate attorney at the California Court of Appeals, as well as an Administrative Law Judge.
Before that she was a teacher, primarily at the high school, adult school, and university levels, and holds a public administrative services credential. In addition, she has pursued her passion for acting, primarily on the stage, but also in film and television. She is a member of both Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA. She also has raised three very independent daughters and lives with her husband, a retired attorney, in an otherwise animal-free environment in California.