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Sanctioned Law Firm Shortens Its Name, Says Goodbye to Lawyers Who Irked Judge

Posted Jun 8, 2011 11:14 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The law firm Thompson Wigdor & Gilly has shortened its name after the departure of a name partner and associate whose client drew the ire of a Manhattan federal judge.

Name partner Scott Gilly and associate Gregory Filosa left what is now Thompson Wigdor after a federal judge criticized the deposition testimony of the lawyers’ job bias client, the New York Law Journal reports.

U.S. District Judge William Pauley sanctioned the firm $15,000 after the client testified that she didn’t hear back about a job opening, when in reality she had accepted a new position about two weeks before. Pauley said Filosa should have recognized the testimony was misleading, according to a review of hearing transcripts by the New York Law Journal.

Pauley also criticized the two lawyers for failing to correct an expert’s report that had estimated the client’s economic losses based on the assumption she would not obtain new employment quickly, the story says.

Former coverage of the firm:

ABAJournal.com: “Judge Sanctions Law Firm $15K for Allowing Job Bias Client to Hide New Employment”

ABAJournal.com: “Lawyer Accused of Using Topless Photos as Leverage Is Shielded from Liability, Appeals Court Says”

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