A phalanx of lawyers – this time to defend Bronfman-Raniere group

Kathy Russell -she may become a famous ballerina yet. She just needs to get this nasty prison stuff behind her.

In the past, Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman routinely retained a phalanx of attorneys to attack enemies of the NXIVM cult and put them in jail.

Now, it seems that they once again have a phalanx of lawyers – but for an opposite purpose – to keep them out of jail.

Here are the lawyers we know of so far:

  • Keith Alan Raniere
  • Marc Agnifilo – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
  • Paul DerOhannesian II – DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian
  • Danielle R. Smith – DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian
  • Jacob Kaplan – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
  • Teny R. Geragos – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
  • Brian Poe – Fort Worth, TX
Marc Agnifilo and Paul DerOhannesian


Allison Mack


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    Steven Kobre
  • Steven G. Kobre – Kobre & Kim LLC  [Kobre served as a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice (as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York). Prior to that, Mr. Kobre worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
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    William F. McGovern
  • William F. McGovern – Kobre & Kim LLC  [McGovern previously served as a New York prosecutor, during which time he was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He also served as a U.S. SEC branch chief. ]
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  • Sean S. Buckley – Kobre & Kim LLC  [a former U.S. Department of Justice  (DOJ) prosecutor, Buckley is a trial and investigations lawyer who defends clients in white-collar criminal matters and international government enforcement actions. Buckley serves as counsel in cross-border investigations, often involving allegations of bribery or U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, antitrust matters or money laundering.]
  • Clare Bronfman
  • Dennis Burke –Ballard Spahr
  • Susan R. Necheles – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
  • Kathleen E. Cassidy – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
  • Gedalia Stern – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
Susan Necheles
Nancy Salzman AKA Prefect

 Nancy Salzman

  •  Michael J. Sullivan  – Ashcroft Group [Sullivan formerly served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.]


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    Michael Sullivan
  • Lauren Salzman
  • Hector J. Diaz – Quarles & Brady, LLP
  • James L. Burke – Quarles & Brady
Hector J. Diaz
Hector Diaz


Finally, a picture of Kathy Russell – she aged out of Keith Raniere’s harem some time ago, but he kept her on as a low paid bookkeeper assigned to keep double sets of books and participate in various criminal schemes – as well as to clean his sex lair after his various encounters. She is an aspiring ballerina. Raniere has indicated to her that if she continues with the tech, she will experience a breakthrough and become a world-level ballerina one day soon.


  • Kathy Russell
  • William Fanciullo [former Assistant U.S. Attorney.]
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William Fanciullo


  • Prosecution
  • Richard P. Donoghue – U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
  • Moira K. Penza – AUSA (Criminal Division)
  • Tanya Hajjar – AUSA (Criminal Division)
  • Karin K. Orenstein – AUSA (Civil Division)


The judge has ordered that as to Keith Raniere, Allison Mack, Clare Bronfman, Kathy Russell, Lauren Salzman, and Nancy Salzman:

No attorney who has appeared, or will enter an appearance on behalf of, any party in this case may commit to participating in any other trial between January 1, 2019, and April 30, 2019, without first requesting (in writing) and receiving specific permission from this court. The court will schedule motions and set a firm trial date at the September 13, 2018, status conference. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 7/25/2018. (Haddad, Andrew) (Entered: 07/25/2018)

The parties shall meet and confer regarding discovery and a motion schedule prior to the next status conference, which is scheduled for 9/13/2018 at 2:00 PM. Time is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act between 7/25/2018 and 9/13/2018, with respect to all parties present, for review of discovery and plea negotiations on consent (except Keith Raniere, who objects to the exclusion of time). Jury selection and trial is rescheduled for 1/7/2019 in Courtroom 4D South before Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.

Karen Unterreiner with Raniere stooge James Del Negro – who often put companies in his name to help Raniere launder money. Sometimes, he did not even know which companies his name was on or what the companies supposedly did. But Karen knew – she never forgot a single company and helped Keith mastermind the entire bookkeeping scam. In her spare time, the generous Karen would pick up underage girls for Keith to enjoy.

Note: In the case of Kathy Russell – longtime NXIVM member Karen Abney originally posted $25,000 bail for her. Later, Kathy’s sisters were slated to post the bail in Abney’s place. Abney worked alongside Russell and Karen Unterreiner, who some believe has flipped and is giving evidence to the US Attorney. If so, Karen is a wealth of information having been with Keith consistently since his RPI days. She helped him procure underage girls and masterminded his double [and triple] sets of books. That Kathy Russell – who took orders from Karen has been charged and not Karen – speaks volumes. Of course, Keith had always planned that Kathy should be the fall girl for the crooked books.]


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  • They are innocent until proven guilty and which one of you would fail to hire the best lawyer you could afford or if Sara Bronfman is willing to pay -your liberty is at sale. Lastly no one likes a rat.

    • Pea Onyou:
      It’s good to hear from you.
      Were you under threat of indictment?
      You tell us how brave and heroic Allison is. You must know her personally.

      As for no one liking a rat, its also true that no one likes to be branded.
      And no one likes to be the victim of extortion.
      And no one wants to be enslaved.
      And no one likes to lose their sexual freedom.

      Or didn’t all that occur to Allison the Brave?

      And even if Allison manages to hoodwink a jury, who the hell is going to hire her to be an actress?

    • Dear Pea Onyu,

      Sorry your name still get a belly laugh from me.

      It’s more like Clare is paying legal fees. Sara, if she is smarter than the average Clare Bear will get as far away as she can from NXIVM members current legal issues. Why drag herself in any more than she already is from her years before she bolted out of daily NXIVM dealings, got married and has two young children to take care of.

      One has to think long and hard before wanting to go to prison when a person has young children to consider. Clare on the other hand just has her farm animals. Five, ten, fifteen up to 30 years is a long time to give up with your children.

      If those in the inner circle are so innocent, why did all those from Mexico who were living in the US scatter like rats back to Mexico? Why are they selling their homes if they think their leaders are going to be found innocent and start back up with recruitment of NXIVM?

      It appears that you do not fully understand what has gone on behind the curtain of cover up and cannot or will not take in “all the data” of what this organization has been doing.

      You are not considering all of those who have been tortured legally by Raniere and backed by Clare Bronfman in a court of law, were found innocent (not guilty) of the things NXIVM said they did but were left broke and had to restart their lives.

      Telling the truth is not a crime but Raniere and his band of merry followers think it is. They have gone to great lenghts to shut up their ex-members who have left and have been telling the truth about all the illegal things that are finally coming to light.

      Pea Onyu, be a good girl and do what NXIVM teaching say. Get as much information to make a good decision. Read the criminal complaints against those you are standing up for. There is so much information out there that BARKS – they are guilty.

      • Good Points!

        Pea Onyou should realize that the US DOJ does not file long complicated indictments on whims.
        There is real evidence against all the NXIVM defendants and the investigation is ongoing so there might be future indictments.

        I hope for Pea’s sake she is not deeply involved in the NXIVM madness.

    • Pea Onyu

      “Lastly no one likes a rat.”

      If these people are now in the position where they can become a rat, that means they made bad choices at some point. At some point they made the choice to either commit illegal activities ,or to help out those who were breaking the law.

      Now they have a chance to redeem themselves by telling the truth. They have a chance to ease their conscience by knowing they are now doing the right thing. Also, the authorities are always more lenient on those who cooperate and help them out.

      If they are afraid of being labeled a “rat” by their old friends, they should consider where these friends are now and how they got into that position. Are these friends worth having?

    • Pea, for one thing, I wouldn’t be doing anything that would cost me my freedom. So, I can pass on the sex and human trafficking, as well as the money laundering and tax evasion. But, thanks!

  • It makes me so happy that Frank is getting the last laugh. The cultists did everything they could to bring him down and it backfired spectacularly. This is a David and Goliath story.

  • We should also mention the most important lawyer in the court room.
    US Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

    This Judge was appointed to the bench by that special President, Bill The Rapist Clinton.

    Bill The Rapist Clinton as ex-President, displayed a soft spot in his heart for the admitted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
    Clinton is known to have flown on Epstein’s personal jet “The Lolita Express” at least 26 times.

    “Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights.”

    If Bill the Rapist Clinton is so lenient to a perverted pedophile, many his judge will be equally lenient.

    “Epstein was accused of recruiting and forcing dozens of children into an underground network of sex slaves, who served many of the elite members of society, including former American President Bill Clinton.”

    No doubt when appointing Federal Judges Clinton looked for candidates of like mind.

    • More drivel from a man who relies much too much on Wikipedia.

      What you seem to have done here is drawn a direct(?) line between Judge Garaufis and Jeffrey Epstein, two men who may never have met each other (unless of course Ben Schmuckus will come forward alleging that he was present at said meeting).

      Here are some suggestions Shadow, lest you find yourself relegated to the Frank Report “Rubber Room” with the Scotts

      1) Spend less time monitoring the Frank Report waiting to pounce on every new post. Leave your house for five or six hours a day. Volunteer to help the infirm or the elderly in your community. Adopt a pet. You will not lose any “Frankie Points” if you do not comment on every post.

      2) While your obsession with Allison Mack may not be as blatantly obvious as in your early posts, it still shines through almost every keystroke of your contributions. I find your current post concerning pedophiles a bit hysterical, coming from a man who, in his late 50s, was obsessing over a woman in her late 20s (who was playing a teenager?) (and just to think, if you had agreed to spend thousands of dollars on worthless ESP curriculum, Ms. Mack may have “lovebombed” you).

      3) If you are interested in the airborne exploits of former President Clinton, check out the allegations that Dan Lasater, major Clinton supporter and founder of the Ponderosa chain of steakhouses, used then Governor Clinton’s airplane to transport cocaine.

      • The two men do have a connection.
        Judge Garaufis was nominated as a US Judge by Bill The Rapist Clinton.
        And Jeffrey Epstein associated with Bill The Rapist Clinton after the Arkansan left the White House.

        And I don’t tell you what to say and you don’t tell me what to say.
        If I want to demonize someone, I will particularly if that person merits demonization.
        That’s called Freedom of Speech.

        Just wait until the US prosecutors start demonizing Allison Mack.
        You ain’t seen nothing yet.

        • If you weren’t a sex starved Wikipedian, you might realize that Freedom of Speech is not entirely free. Free speech involves some responsibility. Whether we should enjoy freedom of treasonous speech, freedom of slanderous speech and freedom of hate speech are all difficult issues, but not issues a fiftysomething man who spent countless hours watching a television show aimed at teenagers should probably concern himself with. Always remember, and never forget, that free speech is a right and not a privilege.

          It is irresponsible for a free speaker to say that a man, appointed by President Clinton, is somehow connected to anyone else affiliated with President Clinton in any manner. It would be interesting if there were any real connection between Epstein and Judge Garaufis. Some brief research on my part has not uncovered any such connection.

          I do not care if you “demonize” Ms. Mack, who I never had heard of before I began following The Frank. My opinion is that if her legal team can convince her to show some respect for the Court by dressing like an adult, they might be able to play the “brainwashed” card to the point where their client is spared sentencing at the upper levels of the guidelines.

          • Every allegation I have made against Ms. Mack is either backed by information contained in the US government’s superseding indictment last week or mentioned by the news media, such as the allegation that Ms. Mack was behaving inappropriately with an 8 year old girl.

            That said Bill Clinton is notorious for using his influence to try to kill off US government investigations.

            In 2016 Clinton met with AG Loretta Lynch on the airport tarmac in Phoenix in circumstances that made it look like he was trying to kill the DOJ investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of official emails.

            And the Frank Report has suggested that people connected with Bill Clinton are pressuring the US DOJ to leave Emiliano Salinas out of any NXIVM indictments.

            You might be impressed with Bill Clinton’s snake oil but the rest of America has seen too much of Bill Clinton in action to see him as anything but a con artist, a slicker version of Keith Raniere.

        • There is no room to reply to your latest misreading of my recent reply to you. Or maybe your vision is bad (maybe it is true that excessive masturbation makes you go blind).

          I am not defending Allison Mack in any way. Rot in prison or left free to worship her Vanguard, I care not.

          I am not a supporter of Bill or Hillary Clinton. Neither are moral or ethical. Both are hypocrites.

          I was trying to get you to expand in some logical way your belief that since Judge Garaufis was appointed by an associate (Bubba) of a known pedophile (Epstein) that Judge Garaufis would somehow be sympathetic towards an accused pedophile. Could you find at least one decision rendered by Judge Garaufis to support your, ah, theory?

          [Cue the crickets, or the non-responsive response]

          • Give him a few minutes. He is watching another smallville episode pretending he is Tom Welling and Allie, Kristen and Erica are devouring his pasty chubby body.

          • I use facts contained in the US indictment as well as in news stories.
            And I stay on the issue of NXIVM and its evil leaders.

            Your problem is that I tell the truth and the truth is a bitter pill to swallow.

          • If Kruek had blocked you from her twitter account for stalking her, then your wrath would be upon her. Hey dude, it’s not our fault the girl you spent the last 16 years fantasying about turned out to be a degenerate. And she did things physically to a bigger degenerate that you wish she would have done to you. After all you and Little Keith are about the same age.

          • Response to SOS.

            Did Allison Mack/Chloe Sullivan film an episode of Smallville where women were branded and enslaved?

            Where Allison is going she won’t need a Twitter account.
            She has a new friend : BIG BERTHA.
            And any woman who would sleep with Little Keith will have a whole new experience sleeping with BIG BERTHA.

    • I think you underestimate US Judge Nicholas Garaufis. He will take no nonsense whatsoever from the Defendants or their attorneys, as already demonstrated so far in the case.

      • I live in Cook County Illinois where 17 judges and 42 lawyers were sent to prison by the FBI for bribery.
        Just look up Operation Greylord.
        In one case the Judge even fixed a murder case.

        I doubt that New York Judges and Lawyers, particularly those associated with Bill Clinton, are any different.

          • Years ago there was a US Federal District Judge in Chicago named Otto Kerner.
            He was nationally famous for investigating police misconduct during the 1968 Democratic Convention.
            The Kerner Commission.

            Otto Kerner was later convicted of taking a bribe.

          • Exactly, Even So

            It’s not so easy to make an inappropriate decision when you know everyone is watching what you do.

            And in the Greylord case, those corrupt officials saw justice served to them. This might cause those in the legal field to think twice before trying to get away with similar crimes now.

        • Care to support your allegation/assertion/ opinion about the New York judiciary with any facts, oh great Master Debater?
          Cue them crickets again.

          • Where is New York State Judge Joseph Crater?
            He was a very prominent Judge in New York City.
            Appointed to the bench by Governor Franklin Roosevelt.
            Rumored to be a possible future Federal Judge.
            And Judge Joseph F. Crater disappeared off the face of the earth.
            His body was never found.
            All after Judge Crater mysteriously removed lots of money from his bank account.

            This disappearance/murder occurred on August 6, 1930.

            I doubt if the ethics of New York State Judges has improved much since the days of Judge Joseph Crater.

            I trust Judges and other politicians as far as I can throw a Grand Piano.

        • EDNY kicks ass and takes names. I’m sticking to that for now. Sure, there is corruption, but in this case, the prosecutors will win a gold star for shutting down this crap, in the age of #metoo. (Forgive my ignorance – I don’t tweet.) How do you get around, for example, locking a woman in a room for 18 months under threat of deportation??

        • So for all your Googling and Wikipedia smarts the best you could come up with is a judge who disappeared 88 years ago?

          During Bill Clinton’s years as President, he appointed over 650 Federal judges, including two Supreme Court justices. Surely, with all of those judges to work with, you can come up with at least one judge who was lenient toward pedophiles. Then all you would have to do is prove that said leniency had some relation to the fact that the lenient judge was appointed by Clinton.

          Or you could just go back to binge watching teen shows.

          Judge Crater. Famous story around these parts, but as far as I know he was not a pedophile, did not sell Amway, was not a member of a cult etc. 17 judges and 42 lawyers sent to prison by the FBI is impressive but not as impressive as two governors finishing their terms behind bars.

  • It is entirely appropriate that we acknowledge the many contributions of the FBI Investigators and the DOJ lawyers as well.

    These men and women worked hard to make sure that Allison Mack would have the most special birthday gift of her whole life — a multi-count Federal RICO indictment.

    It was very considerate of the FBI agents to do all that legwork to document the litany of evil acts committed by Allison Mack over the last few years.
    And the DOJ prosecutors worked diligently to draft a coherent narrative describing Allison Mack’s life of crime.

    All in time for Mack’s birthday.

    Drafting a RICO indictment is a lot harder than working as a pimp.

    And what consideration did Allison Mack display towards the hard working men and women of the FBI and DOJ?
    Absolutely none.

    Allison Mack did not even send her benefactors a thank you note for the most unique birthday gift she has ever received.

    A multi-count US RICO indictment alleging racketeering, wire fraud, extortion, sex trafficking and involuntary servitude.

    Allison Mack’s failure to thank the FBI and DOJ shows the world what an ingrate she is.

    • Wow did you send Allie a birthday card. You are one sick puppy. I got a feeling those that bark the loudest project the most.

  • Since Allison Mack’s parents had to put their house up as bond, Lauren Salzman grandparents had to put up money for bond, Nancy Salzman had to have a friend help her with her bond, Keith Raniere says he has no access and Kathy Russell didn’t have two dimes to rub together and Clare Bronfman had to have outside help for her bond, who the heck is paying for all these lawyers?

    My guess is Clare Bronfman is paying for them. How long can she do that if all her money gets tied up with finalizing her bond?

    Maybe like Raniere has said, “It just appears”. Magically, these lawyer fees get paid. Is it the tooth fairy? Is it an offshore account of laundried money?

    It seems like a conflict of interest if Clare Bronfman is paying others legal bills. A threat to stop paying could prevent someone from cooperating with the authorities I would think. Could that be a form of witness intimation?

    With so many lawyers, the billable hours have to be sky high each week so it brings into question how are their bills getting paid?

    With the Feds having to bring in extra staff to go through all the materials they have in this case, it would make sense that the lawyers are having to do the same thing. Everytime a paralegal touches a paper, reads an email, has a phone conversation, goes to court/staff meeting – its a lot of cha-chings.

    • She had to put up a fund beforehand. So their expenses are covered for the foreseeable future. But let us be honest. She had been in a tough spot as she supported or even financed these actions. The only way to keep her former cultists loyal was the way the Mafia does it. Pay for the legal fees and take care of their families.

      If she had let them down, they would prepare for a long time in jail and try to make a deal. As long as there is hope, they might not do it.

About the Author

Frank Parlato is an investigative journalist.

His work has been cited in hundreds of news outlets, like The New York Times, The Daily Mail, VICE News, CBS News, Fox News, New York Post, New York Daily News, Oxygen, Rolling Stone, People Magazine, The Sun, The Times of London, CBS Inside Edition, among many others in all five continents.

His work to expose and take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg, “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson, “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La Secta Que Sedujo al Poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

Parlato has been prominently featured on HBO’s docuseries “The Vow” and was the lead investigator and coordinating producer for Investigation Discovery’s “The Lost Women of NXIVM.” Parlato was also credited in the Starz docuseries "Seduced" for saving 'slave' women from being branded and escaping the sex-slave cult known as DOS.

Additionally, Parlato’s coverage of the group OneTaste, starting in 2018, helped spark an FBI investigation, which led to indictments of two of its leaders in 2023.

Parlato appeared on the Nancy Grace Show, Beyond the Headlines with Gretchen Carlson, Dr. Oz, American Greed, Dateline NBC, and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, where Parlato conducted the first-ever interview with Keith Raniere after his arrest. This was ironic, as many credit Parlato as one of the primary architects of his arrest and the cratering of the cult he founded.

Parlato is a consulting producer and appears in TNT's The Heiress and the Sex Cult, which premiered on May 22, 2022. Most recently, he consulted and appeared on Tubi's "Branded and Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM," which aired January, 2023.

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