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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by Senior Litigation Reporter of the Daily Report Cedra Mayfield and Senior Staff Writer for the American Lawyer Patrick Smith, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Sep 13, 2017

Duration: 6:33

Even before he took over the Oval Office, President Donald Trump was no stranger to litigation. Post-inauguration, Trump’s policies have led to a flurry of lawsuits over everything from immigration to oil pipelines.

But the real estate mogul’s new job adds an extra hurdle for lawyers challenging Trump in his individual capacity — how do you serve court documents to the president?

Scott Rome, a principal at the Washington, D.C., law firm Veritas, found himself asking that very question when he and a group of lawyers sued Trump March 8 in the D.C. Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges Trump’s D.C. hotel at the Old Post Office building, located just blocks from the White House, unfairly competes with local restaurants for business from diplomats and others seeking the president’s ear.


Rome sat down Thursday to tell the story of how his team avoided a Secret Service tackle and successfully served the commander in chief.