Disguised BigLaw Partner Caught Selling Sealed Lawsuit

By on February 10, 2017
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February 10, 2017

BigLaw attorney Jeffrey Wertkin asked for $310,000 in bitcoin in exchange for a copy of a sealed whistleblower lawsuit. Wertkin, who was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, thought he was selling the suit to an employee of a company being investigated for falsely billing the government. When he was arrested on Jan. 31 in Cupertino, Calif., Wertkin was wearing a wig and was using a fake name. Akin Gump “took swift action” after the arrest, and a spokesperson told Bloomberg Big Law Business that he is no longer with the firm. Wertkin joined Akin Gump in April 2016 from the U.S. Justice Department, where he worked in the civil division’s commercial litigation branch. He is free on a $750,000 bond. “My life is over,” Wertkin reportedly told the FBI agent arresting him.

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