The United States Law Week

Former Dentons Associate Faces Federal Extortion Charge

July 6, 2017, 4:00 AM

Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles June 20 charged a former Dentons litigation associate with trying to extort money and property from the firm (United States v. Potere, C.D. Cal., 2:17-mj-01555, filed 6/20/17).

Michael Potere tried to extract $210,000, a piece of artwork, and other items from Dentons by threatening to publicly release sensitive internal documents that he secretly downloaded from a partner’s email account, according to an FBI agent who orchestrated a sting operation to catch him in the act.

Potere’s case is an over-the-top example of a young lawyer’s disillusionment with the legal world. Potere was leaving...

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