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Phony Associate Pleads Guilty to Grand Larceny


— October 10, 2007

Brian T. Valery convinced colleagues, clients and judicial officials that he had earned his position at a major Manhattan law firm. But by billing Norwalk, Conn., client Purdue Pharma based on his lawyer’s salary, he was actually stealing money. That’s because Valery never was a lawyer in the first place.

When he applied for — and was later granted — pro hac vice admission in 2005 in Stamford Superior Court, he signed an affidavit attesting to his status as a New York lawyer in good standing. Little did anyone know that the Anderson, Kill & Olick employee had fabricated most everything about his legal background, from his Fordham Law School education to his passing of the New York bar exam.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny. New York State Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro said he would sentence Valery to five years probation if he repays at least $150,000 by his Jan. 30 sentencing. If he fails to make restitution, the judge could send Valery, 32, of Massapequa, N.Y., to prison for five to 15 years.

He admits he stole more than $200,000 from the firm by collecting a lawyer’s salary for almost two years.

Valery started as a paralegal at Anderson Kill in 1998, earning $21,000 a year, spokeswoman Jennifer Kushner of the Manhattan district attorney’s office said after his arrest. He then falsely claimed he later got his law degree and passed the bar.

Details here from the Connecticut Law Tribune via Law.com.


Brian T. Valery convinced colleagues, clients and judicial officials that he had earned his position at a major Manhattan law firm. But by billing Norwalk, Conn., client Purdue Pharma based on his lawyer’s salary, he was actually stealing money. That’s because Valery never was a lawyer in the first place.

When he applied for — and was later granted — pro hac vice admission in 2005 in Stamford Superior Court, he signed an affidavit attesting to his status as a New York lawyer in good standing. Little did anyone know that the Anderson, Kill & Olick employee had fabricated most everything about his legal background, from his Fordham Law School education to his passing of the New York bar exam.

On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny. New York State Supreme Court Justice Gregory Carro said he would sentence Valery to five years probation if he repays at least $150,000 by his Jan. 30 sentencing. If he fails to make restitution, the judge could send Valery, 32, of Massapequa, N.Y., to prison for five to 15 years.

He admits he stole more than $200,000 from the firm by collecting a lawyer’s salary for almost two years.

Valery started as a paralegal at Anderson Kill in 1998, earning $21,000 a year, spokeswoman Jennifer Kushner of the Manhattan district attorney’s office said after his arrest. He then falsely claimed he later got his law degree and passed the bar.

Details here from the Connecticut Law Tribune via Law.com.

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