Ex-Dewey Attys May Be Liable For Client Privacy Breaches

July 16, 2012 – In The News

Former partners at the now bankrupt law firm, Dewey and LeBoeuf LLP, could face malpractice charges should clients experience privacy breaches. Many say that the bankrupt firm has started to look for ways to cut costs by quickly disposing thousands of client files.

Yann Geron, a partner and member of the Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy department at Fox Rothschild, discussed his work as trustee for Thelen LLP’s Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2009, a similar case to the current Dewey situation.

Geron told Law360 that the payment process to destroy files was a little more of “a game of chicken” between the firm’s estates and clients.

“It’s really client property … [and] clients need to take steps to protect it,” Geron said.

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