Celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred has insinuated her way into the Tiger Woods saga:
High-profile attorney Gloria Allred, who was to make a statement about Uchitel's relationship with golf's No. 1 player, said it was called off because of “unforeseen circumstances.” Allred said she would have no further comment.I don't say "celebrity lawyer" as a compliment. Most "celebrity lawyers" are interested principally in their own fame and fortune, shying away from anything that would resemble actual legal practice (let alone legal ethics). About the best thing a client of a typical "celebrity lawyer" can do for herself is to change lawyers.
However, Allred's daughter, Lisa Bloom, said the only conclusion is that her mother struck a deal with the Woods camp. Bloom, an attorney who worked with her mother for nine years and now is as a legal analyst for CBS, said Friday on The Early Show that she has never known Allred to cancel a news conference.
Bloom said that can only mean a confidential settlement was struck, which she estimated at being worth “at least a million dollars.”
“I know exactly how she operates,” Bloom said.
Call it negotiations leading to a "confidential settlement", if you will. But what's described sounds to me like a classic shakedown.