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November 1, 2011 4:04 PM

Bracewell's Scott Segal Tells It Like It Is on Comedy Central

Posted by Brian Baxter

Stephen Colbert, it turns out, isn't the only late night satirical news anchor who enjoys using his show to host Am Law 200 partners. On Monday night, Bracewell & Giuliani policy resolution practice head Scott Segal visited The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to explain how a bill becomes a law.

Sibling publication The National Law Journal's Blog of Legal Times contacted Segal Tuesday to discuss his appearance on The Daily Show. Segal told the BLT via e-mail that the interview with Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac was "a great time" and that "a little exaggeration is okay in the interest of good fun."

During the interview, which can be viewed here, Cenac asked Segal how to enlist the support of special interests in order to push a law through Congress.

"You've got to show them why the legislation is in their self-interest," Segal said. "And sometimes that's a financial calculation. As a general proposition, giving everyone a taste of the business is a good idea."

When Cenac said that what Segal was describing sounded like the Mafia, Segal replied, "That's probably about right," as theme music from The Godfather played in the background.

The segment wasn't The Daily Show's first foray in poking fun at the legislative process. Segal also isn't the first Am Law 200 partner to have a bit of fun in the late night satirical news hour created by Stewart and Colbert.

Earlier this year Caplin & Drysdale political law head Trevor Potter appeared on The Colbert Report as part of his effort to help the show's namesake (a Potter client) create his own Super PAC.

And two years ago The Am Law Daily caught up with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom partner Cliff Sloan after he took on Colbert to discuss U.S. Supreme Court nominations. (Colbert's brother, Kenyon & Kenyon partner Edward Colbert, has also appeared on his brother's program.)

Brief though it may have been, Segal told the BLT that he enjoyed his taste of the small screen. 

"I will tell you what that the crew from The Daily Show was very creative," Segal said. "They were with us at the office for the better part of an afternoon and shot lots of tape. The segment just featured a small bit, so I shudder to think what is on the cutting-room floor."

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