Follow-Up on the Case of the Lawyer Imposter
A couple of months ago, I posted on the case of Brian Valery, a paralegal who duped his law firm into thinking he was a licensed attorney. Now, according to this article fromThe New York Times (1/21/07), Valery has been disbarred -- even though, technically, he was never admitted to the Bar. However, by disbarring Valery, Connecticut authorities hoped to prevent Valery from gaining admission in other states.
According to the article, Anderson Kill lawyers blame themselves for trusting Valery's story (he had been employed as a paralegal at the firm for many years and claimed he had returned to law school and passed the bar). But in these comments to our earlier story on Valery, a former Anderson Kill attorney says that Valery's situations raised red flags that the firm missed.
As a result, Anderson Kill, his employer, continues to face consequences of Valery's fraud, including issuing refunds to clients whose matters were handled by Valery.
Posted by Carolyn Elefant on January 22, 2007 at 05:52 PM | Permalink
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