Aug 19, 2009

Attorney Recommendations?

Frank,
Can you make the following an anonymous top-level post please?

Can any of the readership make attorney recommendations for employees who might need representation to help protect their jobs? Without getting into specifics, this could be useful information for any employees who have the difficult decision about what and when and whether and how to disclose information.

Thanks,
Anonymous

Anonymous,
I think yours is the most frequent question I get from readers who contact me privately. I don't have a specific firm I recommend, but the good news is that many employees have needed such help before. Whether your issue is polygraphs, drug testing, contamination, discrimination, retaliation... whatever it is you probably aren't the first and aren't alone. Google for news about employees who were in a situation similar to yours and find out who represented them.

One further hopeful note: the legal team you will be opposing isn't exactly world class. In fact the one I'm thinking of now has no class. Hey Pablo, wouldn't it be fun if I had a conversation with your dentist?
Frank

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

You can look up previous cases at http://www.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app

Try typing Tournear into the search box, for example

Anonymous said...

In more recent times, Daniel Yohalem recently helped out Tom Meyer, Al Sattelbereger, Martah Zumbro, Jacquie Kiplinger, MyHang Huyhn and numerous others from the RIF days. dyohalem@aol.com, 1121 Paseo de Peralto, Santa Fe, NM, 87501, 505-983-9433. tell him the blog referred you ...

Anonymous said...

All I can say is sue the corrupt motherfuckers. Who cares if it is frivolous. At this point is a frivolous lawsuit more aggregious than the raping of LANL by organized crime....eh hem.... I mean Bechtel.

Anonymous said...

Ben Bauer is a Santa Fe attorney who has represented LANL staff in the past. He's a nice guy, too -- give him a call.

Anonymous said...

Pat Allen of YLAW. Great guy! smart.

Anonymous said...

I'd recommend the Rodey firm. They've made hundreds of millions off the Lab.

Anonymous said...

On August 30, 2000, the New Mexico State Legislature requested to General John A. Gordon, Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NSA Administrator, U.S. Department of Energy, that the Prime Contract mandate that the $14 million performance fee, which is designed for risk management (legal) costs, be used in a fair and equitable manner and that the expenditures out of that fund be available for public review and accountability. Employees who seek justice are stomped on due to taxpayer’s monies being used to out-spend them in attorney fees. Families are a priority and these individuals continue to be mistreated and sadly, know they can’t go against this institution financially.

Anonymous said...

"Try typing Tournear into the search box, for example"

Well, she and her attorney did manage to scam LANL out of who knows how many hundreds of thousands of dollars. If you're looking for a quick payout on a bogus claim, her attorney may be a great place to start.

Stop posting your name on this blog, Jamie.

"tell him the blog referred you ..."

LMFAO!

Anonymous said...

I hope you can find a way to avoid an Attorney. Once you go down that path it is hard to recover to where you were when you started. This is by design.

Anonymous said...

Enchanted New Mexico, where rampant political corruption is a normal part of the local culture. Looks like yet another state official, Vigil Giron, has just been accused of placing her flithy hands on the public's money. I hope she hires a good attorney. If found guilty, she's looking at 20 years. Maybe she can share her cell with Governor Richardson.

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Former secretary of state indicted on 50 counts - LA Monitor, 08-20-09

A grand jury has returned indictments against former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil Giron and three others, alleging misuse of public money. Attorney General Gary King said Wednesday that the grand jury handed down a 50-count indictment including charges of fraud, embezzlement, money-laundering and receiving illegal kickbacks. The charges stem from federal tax dollars used under the Help America Vote, which educated people about voting through the use of TV commercials. An audit of the program revealed some $3 million dollars was unaccounted for.

...A consultant responsible for the voter education campaign, Armando Gutierrez and husband and wife lobbyists Joe and Elizabeth Kupfer also have been indicted and face 50 felony counts each as well.

Vigil-Giron and Gutierrez conspired to steal tax payer money; hiding their actions through money laundering, according to prosecutors. Gutierrez produced Spanish-language ads for President Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign and Al Gore’s 2000 presidential race and worked on Gov. Bill Richardson’s 2002 gubernatorial campaign. The Kupfers are lobbyists for the city of Albuquerque and other clients.

...If convicted of all counts, the maximum sentence for each defendant would be more than 20 years in prison. Vigil-Giron had no comment Tuesday as she left a courthouse where a Bernalillo County grand jury was looking into the use of millions of dollars in federal voter education funds while she was in office. Vigil-Giron declined to discuss the indictments when contacted Wednesday.

Anonymous said...

9:13 PM is right, even if LANL management (with the help of Legal) has decided you have a case against them, you are fucked. You will be retaliated against and punished until you leave.

Unless, that is, you decide to sue. Then LANL management will cry, but why? We don't understand, but now that you sued, get the fuck outta here...you can't be trusted.

Anonymous said...

9:13 is wrong. Other approaches like ombuds will do nothing to help and will delay you.

Anonymous said...

Rodey can't help workers - they "work" for Lab management and boy do they clean up

Anonymous said...

For attorney recommendations, I speak from experience. Peter Schoenburg of Rothstein, Donatelli, ... is an extraordinary advocate for your interests. You can trust him.

Anonymous said...

Try Tim Butler in Sante Fe. He had had successes in litigating LANL.

Anonymous said...

Why haven't there been any "big" lawsuits since LANS took over? The last one was the Tournear case, which ended just prior to LANS taking over. I figured that there would be many more lawsuits/payoffs following that case alone.

Anonymous said...

Why haven't there been any "big" lawsuits since LANS took over? - 7:14 am

Like LANS executive salaries, any lawsuits against LANS are probably considered to be LANS "proprietary information" and kept under wraps.