Taking its title from the infamous basement party room of Smith Barney s Garden City, New York, branch office, and representing years of extensive research,Tales from the Boom–Boom Room traces the story of the lead whistle–blower, Pam Martens, the crusading broker who put an entire industry on the defensive, then found herself at odds not just with her local bosses and with powerful figures like Travelers Group president Jamie Dimon, but with her coplaintiffs and attorneys. The women s employment agreements forbade them to sue, and only an ingenious legal strategy circumvented that virtual gag rule and brought the scandal out from behind the closed doors of arbitration. This is a riveting human, legal, and business drama of women and men in the financial institutions on Wall Street and around America.
Prologue.1 Garden City s Party Spot.
2 From Appalachia to Wall Street.
3 Wild Times for Wall Street.
4 Nick s Way with Women.
5 Martens s Disorienting Orientation.
6 Martens Snaps.
7 That Was Happening to You, Too?
8 Dear Mr. Dimon: Martens Fights Back.
9 Getting Lawyers, Getting Fired.
10 Attacking the No–Court System.
11 Going Public.
12 Momentum: Merrill s Women Sue.
13Martens without Martens.
14 Settling the Settlement.
15 Pariah or Visionary?
16 Arbitration After All.Epilogue.