Monday, January 22, 2007
Brian Valery, an associate with Anderson Kill & Olick, represented Purdue Pharma for the past two years in an insurance coverage lawsuit related to the Oxycontin product liability litigation. But apparently, Valery wasn't a lawyer at all; he had duped his firm and others into believing that he had graduated law school and passed the bar. An article in today's New York Times -- Case of the Paralegal Who Played a Lawyer Raises Many Questions -- reports that the firm fired Valery in October when this came to light, that the firm is refunding fees its clients paid for Valery's work, and that Valery is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on criminal charges of impersonating a lawyer and perjury. Wow.