Akin Gump Partner's Arrest Highlights Hiring Risks for Firms

, The Am Law Daily


Federal prosecutors have accused an Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner—and a government lawyer himself until last year—of hawking a copy of a nonpublic whistleblower complaint to a company facing a False Claims Act lawsuit.

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What's being said

  • AureliusRocks

    Oh, my! Since he was in the Obama Admin, too bad for him it didn‘t occur a few months ago when it surely would be hidden under somebody‘s rug after Hillary got her cut!

  • Alex W.

    It‘s difficult to imagine any vetting process that would detect these highly isolated cases. Singling out these cases from among thousands of successful lateral hires is seriously misleading. These are less than 1% of cases and the article is irresponsible in suggesting that the lateral status of these men is relevant.

  • Stephen R. Jaffe

    As a practitioner under the False Claims Act on the relator side, I believe your headline ("Shakedown") misconstrues what may have motivated Mr. Wertkin. It appears he was trying to sell a copy of a sealed FCA complaint to a corporate defendant to tip off the company about the FAC case and secret government investigation, about which it may not have been aware. That information is valuable to the defendant because it could take immediate curative measures to repair its current unlawful practices, alter or create false documents and evidence or hide or destroy incriminating evidence and/or prepare a defense to a case it is not supposed to know exists. An analogy that Wertkin‘s plan is similar to selling a football team it‘s opponent‘s planned offensive plays for the first quarter of a game, making it easier to defend against them.

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