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Ex-Nixon Peabody Lawyer Gets Probation in SEC False-Information Case


A former lawyer with Nixon Peabody who earlier settled an insider-trading complaint without admitting liability has been sentenced to two years of probation for providing false information to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Melissa Mahler was credited by a federal prosecutor in a court hearing today in the District of Columbia for helping to obtain a plea from one of two other attorneys charged in the investigation, reports the Blog of Legal Times.

Robert Brown, a former partner of Reitner Kailas & Rosenblatt in New York, is awaiting sentencing. Another BLT article published in 2009 details the case against him at that time.

Also charged in a false-statements case is a retired Texas lawyer who formerly ran an oil and gas company in Houston, as the BLT reported in an article earlier this year.

Mahler’s law license has been suspended in New York for two years.

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