White-Collar Crime

Recent law grad charged with Dewey leaders will be dropped from case

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A recent law graduate of Georgetown University who was criminally charged in 2014 along with three former leaders of the now-shuttered Dewey & LeBoeuf law firm has won a reprieve.

Under a deferred prosecution agreement, no case will be pursued against Zachary Warren so long as he performs 350 hours of community service. There is no limit on his ability to practice law or requirement that he cooperate with the prosecution in the upcoming trial of two Dewey leaders who remain as defendants in the case, partner Paul Shechtman of Zuckerman Spaeder tells the New York Law Journal (sub. req.). He represents Warren in the case.

Warren, who worked as a client relations manager at the firm before attending law school, was at last report clerking for the Cincinnati-based U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He is expected to begin work as a Williams & Connolly associate in the fall.

Previously accused of playing a role in a scheme to defraud law firm lenders, Warren “wasn’t involved in any wrongdoing at the Dewey firm,” Schechtman told the legal publication.

A prosecutor with the Manhattan district attorney’s office said in court Tuesday that the government wanted to focus its efforts on the two former Dewey leaders who remain as defendants. They are scheduled to go to trial in September, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports.

Warren had been scheduled to go to trial in March.

The office of District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the deferred prosecution agreement with Warren​ “is unrelated to the strength of the case” but called it “the fair and appropriate resolution at this juncture,” the WSJ article says.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Honors Georgetown law grad, 29, retains 6th Circuit clerkship despite being charged in Dewey case”

See also:

ABAJournal.com: “Former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders will be tried again on criminal charges, prosecutor says”

ABAJournal.com: “Former Dewey chairman avoids retrial with deferred prosecution deal”

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