Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Kelley Drye & Warren - Corporate Criminal


Justine Clark, a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren, just plead guilty to state income tax evasion. Despite the fact that KDW has seen a steady growth in profits per partner, and despite the fact that KDW has benefited from a steady stream of contract attorney outsourcing, Clark, with greed unquenched, went ahead and screwed New York State out of close to $200,000, based on her $ 2.7 million earnings.
Her penalty? A slap on the wrist misdemeanor.
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David Lat (Abovethelaw.com) thought I was a little too harsh on Ms. Clark:
Okay, that's a little harsh. As the New York Post notes, Clark earned $2.68 million not in a single year, but over the course of five years (2000 - 2004). That averages out to a little over $500,000 a year.

And in New York City, teeming with i-bankers and hedge funders, you're a pauper if if you're not taking home seven figures per annum. So can we really blame Justine Clark, struggling to keep up with the Joneses, for trying to keep a little more for herself?

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

She must know the President.

Abigail Adams said...

THAT IS IT!

I am fed up.

Anonymous said...

Four attorneys were among seven professionals who have pleaded guilty to failing to file state income tax returns in the latest round of prosecutions resulting from the matching of state tax records against lists of professionals licensed by the state, the Attorney General's Office announced over the weekend.

The four lawyers failed to file income tax returns for four consecutive years, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanors.

The earnings of the four ranged from between $2.7 million and $394,000 during the years at issue, the office said.

The four include Justine Clark, a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren, who earned $2.7 million over the four years, the most of the four lawyers. She said yesterday she had no comment.

The others were John Lynch of Manhattan, Ronald Goldman, of Brooklyn, and Lawrence Wechsler of Great Neck.

In addition, two doctors and a nurse pleaded guilty to not filing returns.

Since the matching of tax records against professional licenses began about two years ago, more than 11,000 professionals have been identified as not having filed state income tax returns. To date, audits have been conducted of 2,200 of those identified and assessments against them exceeding $12.8 million have been issued, said Michael Bucci, a spokesman for the Department of Taxation and Finance.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm, with a Misdemeanor you don't automatically lose your law license, right? Looks like she will keep making her millions.

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Madeline Albright had a daughter. Who knew.

Anonymous said...

That would be the amount of her compensation attributable to NY, with the rest spread out over the firm's other offices.

She pulls down much more than $500K a year.

Anonymous said...

nothing new... During his NYC mayoral campaign, David Dinkins admitted to failing to file his federal income taxes for the prior 4 years, and STILL got elected. Mr. Dinkins was also licensed to practice law. (This was going on about the same time that Marion Barry was reelected DC Mayor despite his own legal troubles.)
Draw your own conclusions.

Anonymous said...

"Only the little people pay taxes"

-Leona Helmsley

Anonymous said...

Wait a sec? The NY bar comes after me, and tries to disbar me because I couldn't afford my $350 registration fee, while this bitch steals $200K from the state and gets away scot free?

Anonymous said...

the whole system is f*cked. sadly, its the best system in the world.

Anonymous said...

What does a Misdemeanor get you? Probation and a fine? This lady needs to seriously do some time in Sing-Sing. It's time to send her up the Hudson.

Anonymous said...

This is fucked up. Last year, some guy from the unemployment office called me up and started to yell at me. He claimed that I overdrew $300, and that I was going to be possibly prosecuted. When I got off the phone, I started to cry. After I submitted proof and cleared my name, I breathed a sigh of relief.

Anonymous said...

"I used to work for Justine Clark. All I can say is that it couldn't have happened to a nicer woman. [sarcasm]

The joke around the office was that she looked like the disguise Schwarzenegger uses in "Total Recall" when traveling to Mars - the heavy woman who only says, "Two weeeeks..."

Anonymous said...

Lily, Justine Clark, Kelly Parker (Sushi Memo lady).

Wow. What lovely women.

Karma said...

I hope Justine shit stains the reputation of this entire firm. When I was there, they turned off our internet access, placed an around the clock babysitter in our room, and fired us all after they outsourced our whole team to India.

What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Anonymous said...

Lawyers all steal. She steals from the State, I steal from my clients, we all steal - that is how lawyers survive

Anonymous said...

She looks like a butched up Camryn Manheim on testosterone.

Anonymous said...

AND HERE I AM TRYING TO FIND A LEGAL SECRETARIAL JOB JUST TO HELP SUPPORT MY FAMILY !! Maybe I should not pay taxes just like she did!

Anonymous said...

I don't steal, you do.

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Anonymous said...

i've met justine and this is totally inconsistent with my experience of her, so something seems off about these news reports.

do any of you know the details or truth about this case? do you believe everything you read or hear? do you believe reporters when they say someone did something? let's be wary consumers of information, people

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