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US: Lawyer tied to Ex-Willkie Partner’s fraud case opens up

 |  December 1, 2016

After court documents pointed to New York attorney Gary B. Friedman as a “possible co-conspirator” with Keila Ravelo, a former law firm partner charged in a fraud scheme, Friedman is speaking out, stating he is not a suspect in any crime and he expects to testify at Ravelo’s upcoming criminal trial.

“I certainly feel like I got thrown in the middle of this whole shit-pot of criminal activity … not having bargained for it,” he said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s a real betrayal, I was used in a terrible way.”
In response, Ravelo’s attorney, Steven Sadow, special counsel at the Atlanta-based firm Schulten Ward Turner & Weiss, said Friedman is making “self-serving statements” and he looks forward to the opportunity to examine Friedman in court.

Friedman was head of his own firm, Friedman Law Group, made up of about six attorneys. He was plaintiffs counsel in two massive antitrust cases, one against American Express, In re American Express Anti-Steering Rules Antitrust Litigation, 11-MD-2221, and another against Visa and MasterCard and various banks, In re Payment Card Interchange Fee And Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation, 05-MD-01720.

While she was a partner at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Ravelo was among the defense counsel for MasterCard in Interchange.

Full Content: New York Law Journal

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