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2 Sep 2020

Cara Salvatore, Law360

Donziger's former attorney hires lawyer to fight reinstatement as lead counsel

"Donziger's Ex-Atty Hires Lawyer To Fight Trial Role", 2 September 2020.

A former defense counsel for Chevron foe Steven Donziger has hired his own lawyer to fight the possibility he'll have to represent the disbarred attorney at a criminal contempt trial slated to begin this month, according to an email obtained by Law360...Frisch has hired Harlan Protass of Protass Law to help argue that Frisch should not have to lead Donziger's defense...Frisch was restored to the trial counsel list shortly after Judge Preska had disqualified two of Donziger's other lawyers based on potential conflicts due to their emails being possible evidence in the contempt trial. She previously warned Frisch he might be ordered to come back.

One of the disqualified lawyers, Richard Friedman, filed an ethics complaint Monday with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York and the chief judge of the Second Circuit, asking for an investigation into whether there have been ex parte communications between Judge Kaplan and Glavin.

And on Tuesday, a host of groups led by the National Lawyers Guild and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers filed their own ethics complaint to Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert Katzmann regarding Judge Kaplan...

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