Junior Lawyers Rip Off Law Firm
July 13, 2015
For months, two junior lawyers in Bothwell Bracker plotted to abandon the boutique firm, taking thousands of pages of records and big-win bonuses with them. After winning a False Claims Act case last year, Partner Mike Bothwell gave non-equity partner Julie Bracker and associate Jason Marcus $400,000 and $250,000 bonuses, respectively. Upon return from a holiday weekend, Bothwell discovered that Bracker and Marcus had gutted the firm of sensitive records, uploading 10,000 e-books onto the firm’s computers in order to overwrite the deleted files and making it impossible for a forensic expert to recover them, according to a lawsuit Bothwell filed. The suit also claims Bracker and Marcus wooed clients to their new firm while still receiving paychecks from Bothwell Bracker.
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