The Legal Profession Blog drew our attention to the revokation of one lawyer’s admission to the New York Bar.
We love the blog, even though it usually deals with non-BigLaw issues – but when it does, we’ve found some winners, e.g., The Bad Fiancee, the overbilling Mayer Brown temp, the moonlighting Holland & Knight lawyer, the laid-off DLA student-loan deadbeat, the Seyfarth Shaw/Schiff Hardin associates who were two-thirds of a “Devil’s Threesome,” and Loren Friedman, who has been an unending font of schadenfreude.
Before we continue, it’s important to note that as best we can tell, every single one of those persons was fired or disassociated from the firms.
Anyway, when LPB refers to New York lawyers, we tend to click through. Right away, our spidey sense started tingling that there might be a BigLaw connection – probably from the mention that the respondent to the disciplinary proceedings also maintained an office in London.
Turns out Ann McAllister Olivarius (pictured, right) has had her admission to the NY Bar revoked on account of some irregularities in her 2008 application.
Read all about it in the order or in the LPB summary.
Here’s the BigLaw connection.
According to her LinkedIn Profile, Olivarius’s experience includes (emphasis added):
Having initially developed corporate finance skills at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, her legal career includes service as General Counsel, CEO and Director of Scientific Programs of a medical foundation with assets valued at over $100 million (in 1991), and as a legal and strategic financial advisor for Perot Systems and Computer Memories, Inc. Before founding her own firm, Dr. Olivarius ran the Corporate Department at Shearman & Sterling’s Washington, DC office.
Bearing in mind the findings of the NY disciplinary authorities, she may be stretching the truth here as well (part of the problem with her application was that she tried to cover up the circumstances under which she had previously involuntarily left what must have been the Goldman Sachs job and some foundation work.
She also claims some impressive academic chops:
Dr. Olivarius graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College, Class of 1977. As a Rhodes Scholar, she wrote a prize-winning doctorate in Economics from Nuffield College, Oxford, before becoming the first person to complete the combined five-year degree from Yale School of Management and Yale Law School in three years, receiving highest honors.
Apparently, she was also involved in a case called Alexander v. Yale, which was reportedly the “first use of Title IX in charges of sexual harassment against an educational institution.” Unlike the other plaintiffs, who alleged actual harassment,
Ann Olivarius alleged that the absence of a procedure for complaining about sexual harassment forced her to expend her own time and money on helping fellow students who had been sexually harassed, and that in the course of providing that help she was threatened by individuals whom she was investigating, and that Yale failed to protect her from those individuals.
What’s going on with this woman?