Sunday, February 2, 2014

Big Firm Lawyer Disbarred for Phony Resume

From the American Lawyer:

A former Paul Hastings partner suspended from the practice of law last fall after he was found to have embellished his résumé with a slew of phony accomplishments has been disbarred, a U.K. regulatory body announced Wednesday.

Dennis Thomas O'Riordan, a former Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft regulatory partner who joined Paul Hastings in 2009, claimed a batch of bogus credentials that included bar admission in New York, two bachelor's degrees and a doctorate from Oxford University, a master's degree from Harvard University, and a designation as an Eldon Scholar at Oxford Law, according to the United Kingdom's Bar Standards Board.

The board had appealed a separate disciplinary tribunal's September decision to suspend O'Riordan's law license for three years, arguing to the Visitors to the Inns of Court that a harsher sentence was warranted in light of new evidence that had been uncovered about his deceptions. The appeal was heard Monday, and the sentence was increased to a disbarment.

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