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A Litigious Happy Birthday

September 26, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

It is rare for a lawyer to gain status as a hero, let alone be looked at as celebrity. So what gave New Orleans based attorney Morris Bart his cause célèbre, his status first a hero, and second as an internet celebrity?

The power was all given to him by one little two year old boy named Grayson. It is impossible to figure out how children become obsessed with the things they love. Sure it makes sense that they like firetrucks, dinosaurs and astronauts, those are all flashy and cool. Who wouldn’t be a fan? Barney, the Teletubbies, SpongeBob SquarePants, or Yu-gi-oh these are all a little more inscrutable. Sohow about a lawyer? How did young Grayson come to be obsessed with Morris Bart?

“Before he could walk or talk, every time the Morris Bart commercial would come on, he was just fixated,” says Grayson’s mother, L’erin Dobra. “You couldn’t talk to him. You couldn’t do anything with him. He would just sit and stare at the TV. You could call his name, give him a toy. He didn’t care. He just wanted to watch the Bart commercial. He’s been that way ever since, and when he started talking,” she said.

L’erin Dobra was well acquainted with her son’s obsession. When it came time for her to plan Grayson’s second birthday party a theme occurred to her – Morris Bart. That’s right. A Morris Bart themed birthday party. Grayson’s mother held nothing back when planning the party. People came dressed as lawyers and there was a Morris Bart birthday cake. Mr. Bart himself event sent over some birthday presents. Word of the party later reached the internet and the story went viral, quickly turning Morris Bart and Grayson into minor internet celebrities.