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“There’s a better way to serve than having a referendum on my personality, my cockiness, my arrogance.”

—attorney A. Scott Bolden, Sept. 1

Three years after his run for an at-large council seat ended in a landslide loss to Phil Mendelson, Bolden has had no trouble maintaining his public profile—and his bank account while he’s at it. The Reed Smith partner has joined Fred Cooke as the attorney of choice for parties aggrieved by various organs of city government, offering the above quote in a September Washington Post profile. Just this year, Bolden’s appeared in the corner of accused Ward 8 nonprofiteer Brenda Richardson, ex-first-lady Cora Masters Barry, and mayoral cronies Omar Karim and Sinclair Skinner. The guy gets results: He saved Barry’s nonprofit from eviction, then a week later, saved a Virginia school from certain demise, getting the city to reverse its decision to pull out the special-education students it had placed there. Not even revelations that he sits on the board of the troubled nonprofit health-care provider run by buddy David Wilmot—or his childish refusal to speak to LL—have stopped Bolden’s roll.

Photo by Darrow Montgomery

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