Criminal Justice

BigLaw Partner Arrested in Alleged Domestic Assault on Mistress

A partner at King & Spalding in New York is free on bond after police charged him with hitting his mistress and threatening to kill her.

Capital markets partner Steven Guynn is accused of slapping Jeannette Schaefer on the face and grabbing her arm in a March 14 incident at his home in New Canaan, Conn., according to the New York Post and the Stamford Advocate.

Schaefer made the accusations after police were called to Schaefer’s apartment two days later, the stories say. According to police, Guynn tried to stop Schaefer from making the 911 call.

Guynn is charged with third-degree assault, second-degree threatening, disorderly conduct and interfering with an emergency call, according to the Stamford Advocate. Guynn’s lawyer, Christian Young, told the Advocate his client denies the accusations. Young said Guynn and Schaefer had planned to go into a holistic business together, but Guynn recently decided against financing it.

“The timing of her complaint, coupled with what obviously is frustration at the lack of any financial support by Mr. Guynn, lends great questions to the credibility of her complaint,” Young told the Advocate. The Post cites corporate records showing Guynn and Schaefer own a business that sells organic products and offers eco tours.

King & Spalding issued a statement to the Post. “We take this issue seriously, and we are working to understand the facts,” the firm said.

Guynn’s wife is a writer and editor for Mormon church publications, the Post says.

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