OPT-ED: FORMER AFRICAN AMERICAN PARTNER ALLEGES DISCRIMINATION, CORRUPTION AND COVER-UP AT PIERCE BAINBRIDGE BECK PRICE & HECHT LLP
New York, NY -- Don Lewis is pursuing legal action against his former employer for illegal termination of his employment and defamation of his character. During Lewis' time with Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP ("Pierce Bainbridge"), he says that he received reports from the firm's bookkeeper detailing serious financial misconduct piled on top of a dysfunctional firm culture. Prior to last week, Lewis' multiple claims included Managing Partner John Mark Pierce, General Counsel Carolynn K. Beck, Partner Denver G. Edwards, his former partners at the firm, as well as Michael D. Yim, a partner at - so-called "Tradition of Excellence for 150 Years" - Putney, Twombly, Hall & Hirson LLP ("Putney Twombly").
On Friday, Mr. Lewis added a defamation and Judiciary Law 487 claim against Littler Mendelson P.C. ("Littler") - one of the largest employment law firms in the world - based on the gross misconduct of partner S. Jeanine Conley. Lewis alleges that Pierce Bainbridge, Littler, and Putney Twombly "acted in concert to defame Lewis on a massive national scale in order to cover up Pierce's financial malfeasance and in order to silence Don Lewis."
Lewis, a double Harvard graduate, who was the only African American attorney and partner, blew the whistle on illicit and immoral activity. Pierce reportedly engaged in financial self-dealing, inflated case values to dupe firm investors, unethically provided gifts to manipulate firm clients and siphoned funds from the firm's bank account.
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