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Phony “Lawyer” Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny

Posted by Frank Steinberg | Oct 11, 2007 | 0 Comments

Over time we've followed the saga of Brian Valery, the Anderson Kill paralegal who falsely told his employer — a major law firm — that he had gone to law school and passed the bar.  His reward was employment as an attorney.  Valery eventually got caught. 

Law.com reports that Valery has now pled guilty to grand larceny for accepting an attorney's salary under false pretenses.  He now has until January 30, 2008 — his sentencing date — to repay $150,000.  If he does, it's 5 years probation.  If not, it's 5 to 15 in the slammer.

Valery is an extreme case, but we can't stress enough the importance to professional services firms of checking the qualifications of new hires. 

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Frank Steinberg

Frank is the founder and principal of Steinberg Law, LLC. A Jersey boy born and bred, he focuses on employment litigation and counseling, business litigation,  and aviation law. Following law school and a clerkship in the federal district court Frank spent his early career with large litigation ...

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