Clare Bronfman retains two more attorneys – bringing NXIVM criminal defense lawyers up to 27

Artist sketch of the NXIVM defendants Keith Raniere, Clare Bronfman, Nancy Salzman and Allison Mack

It makes me believe in karma.

Clare Bronfman – the lady who spent so much money to put her enemies in prison – has just retained two more lawyers to help keep her out of prison.

Alexandra Shapiro

Alexandra A.E. Shapiro and Fabien Manohar Thayamballi, both with the law firm of Shapiro Arato ,have filed notices of appearances in federal court.

This brings the number of lawyers for Clare up to eight, which surpasses Keith Raniere who has a mere 6.

Alexandra Shapiro, who is a co-founder of the firm, specializes in appeals.

According to her website, “Alexandra is an experienced trial lawyer and has also argued numerous appeals in federal and state appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.  She regularly argues in the Second Circuit on …. [among others] tax fraud…

“Alexandra has won appellate reversals of criminal convictions in a number of notable white collar prosecutions.  These victories include three Second Circuit rulings granting judgments of acquittal for clients convicted of insider trading or tax shelter fraud…as well as multiple decisions granting new trials for…clients…

“Prior to co-founding Shapiro Arato LLP in 2009, Alexandra was a partner of Latham & Watkins LLP [Bob Crockett’s old firm], and before that, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she also served as Deputy Chief Appellate Attorney. In addition, she served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.”

So here we have a lawyer who is very well connected with the courts and the DOJ and an expert in appeals.  Bringing her on board early is a smart move for a defendant who can afford the best legal representation. Shapiro can keep an alert eye for grounds for an appeal – something almost sure to happen if the case runs its course and Clare is convicted at trial.

The hiring of Alexandra is also a stark reminder of how justice is not equal for all defendants in America. And that money buys at least some justice. This is something that Clare and Keith Raniere used to their advantage in several dozen lawsuits over more than a dozen years – when they were on the offensive.

Fabien Manohar Thayamballi

Clare’s other new attorney is a young man. Like Alexandra, Fabien’s practice focuses on appellate advocacy, as well as white-collar criminal defense.  He joined Shapiro Arato LLP in October 2015 [just about the time Raniere started branding women]. This Yale graduate clerked for two federal judges and worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

I am not sure what to think of Clare having more lawyers than her Vanguard, but it’s certainly possible that Raniere will be getting more lawyers too, so let us not prejudge.

It’s funny, the government revealed in recent filings concerning discovery that Clare had 42 lawyers in her litigation heyday and Raniere had 26 [poor Nancy Salzman had only 7] that they identified for attorney-client privilege issues.  That’s a total of 75 lawyers in the Bronfman-Raniere ruthless bullying ‘terrorist’ litigation days.

Now, we are only into month six of the criminal defense phase of the Bronfman-Raniere world of law and retribution – and we are already up to 27 lawyers!

And as the lawyers say – perhaps with a wink and a nod –“Viva Executive Success!”

Here is the latest list of lawyers [subject to more additions on a moment’s notice]:

Keith Alan Raniere AKA Vanguard
1. Marc Agnifilo – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
2. Paul DerOhannesian II – DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian
3. Danielle R. Smith – DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian
4. Jacob Kaplan – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
5. Teny R. Geragos – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
6. Brian Poe – Fort Worth, TX

Allison Mack
7. Steven Kobre Kobre & Kim LLC
8. William F. McGovern Kobre & Kim LLC
9. Sean S. Buckley – Kobre & Kim LLC

Clare Bronfman 
10. Dennis Burke –Ballard Spahr
11. John Sandweg

12. Susan R. Necheles – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
13. Kathleen E. Cassidy – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
14. Gedalia Stern – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
15. William Savino Wood Oviatt Gilman

16. Alexandra A.E. Shapiro

17 Fabien Manohar Thayamballi

Nancy Salzman AKA Prefect
18. Michael J. Sullivan – Ashcroft Group
19. David Stern Franklin Rothman, Schneider, Soloway and Stern
20. Robert Soloway p Franklin Rothman, Schneider, Soloway and Stern

Lauren Salzman
21. Hector J. Diaz – Quarles & Brady, LLP
22. James L. Burke – Quarles & Brady

23. Andrea S. Tazioli  Quarles & Brady

Kathy Russell
24. Justine Harris
25. Amanda Ravich


Bonus lawyers: 

Dr. Brandon Porter and Dr. Danielle Roberts
26. Michael S. Kelton – Abrams Fensterman

Nicki Clyne
27. Edward Sapone – Sapone & Petrillo


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  • Great site! Looking forward to the trial starting Monday, Oct 1. Right?

    All that vodka money paying to have 27 criminal defense lawyers – SMH. Okay but what about the ethics of those 27 lawyers? I know, innocent till proven guilty, but are all these lawyers signing on to a stinky ship just for cash?

  • Many comments on this forum are not only political in nature, many are also highly abusive and disrespectful, mainly towards women. Not to mention the large number of illogical comments from apparent trolls.
    What is the reason this forum is not moderated like other forums of this kind? Normally abusive and irrelevant comments are removed from the board, and commentors such as Yorak Hunt would be blocked from posting.

    • Freedom of speech. Frank has tried to prevent some of the most vile by creating their own sites. But then they clean up their act and they are back. If you’ve been watching for a while you are aware of these individuals. On occasion they have something real to say.

      • Anon
        I’ve read all the comments on the last several threads. There have been many abusive comments posted under many different names. Since this board allows people to post each comment under any name they choose, these comments could all be posted by the same person.

        The posting icons can sometimes provide some link between comments, and when looking at your icon, Anon, I see you have instigated nasty comments yourself ,and then lied about doing so.

        • Look carefully , I have changed some of my perceptions and realized I was posting based on emotions and that maybe I wasn’t always right. I was also in a lot of physical pain and I think that affected my posts. I have never posted under anything but anon or Heather which is my name. Nor have I lied about posts if I made them. I’m not as computer savvy as most .I’m sure I could figure out how to fake posts if I wanted but I don’t. Now that my meds have been adjusted and I have allowed myself to feel empathy for victims of NXIVM I’m trying to be more respectful. If your really paying attention you will see the posts others have attacked with. It’s easy to make judgements isn’t it?

          • No Anon
            I can see your comments towards the person using the name Flowers, where you insult her, even though her comments were not about you, and then you lie about doing that.

            I’m not aware of any medications which make people lie, Anon.

      • Here’s a little primer on the concept of “Freedom of Speech”
        (which means the government can’t arrest for being a racist,homophobic, misogynistic, abusive fool on a comment site). But instead of insightful, constructive discussion, FR’s philosophy that *any* moderation destroys the marketplace of ideas means the boards resemble a 4chan site.

    • I see many comments that are abusive towards conservative men. Maybe the female trolls should be blocked. Censorship can work both ways

      • Get real,
        Thanks for your perspective.

        I’ve only been able to read the last few weeks of comments so far, and I haven’t come across the type of comment you mention. Could you kindly point me towards the threads where I would find these types of opinions?

        How are the men being abused? The only posts I found of that nature were the ones making fun of Raniere. What types of comments were abusive towards ‘conservative’ men?

  • Not only karma at play here but history repeating itself. Clare is still being taken advantage of for her money! I’ve worked for attorneys and i know how they bill. It gets costly fast!! By the time the trial goes live she’ll be completely bankrupt at this rate!

  • I’m not a liar. I know Keith Clare and Allison will be acquitted. The system is slanted against the defendants. Keith is doing all of this to show how tainted the system is. He will be acquitted and assume his kingdom right here on earth. He is the Vanguard and Clare plays a divine role.

    • @Pea Onyou : Blahblah troll troll troll blah blah blah troll troll troll troll blah blahblahblah troll troll…

    • “His kingdom” : This is no NXIAN/ESPian speaking, you’re juste a liar and a troll…
      I can do the same than you do herein : “He will bliss every young flower with his holy semen and he will so populate the earth with magical creatures they will rule, with him, all over the world… The judges will recognize his innocence and technology, then Donald Trump himself will recognize him has the Supreme Commander and Supreme Being, then his golden throne, where NXIVM will be written with all the diamonds of the world, will unveil and he will rule the world for centuries, being the one and only reproductor on earth… Then aliens will come to praise him and bow, giving him the holy mission to rule the whole universe… Then God himself with surrender to him, will incarnate into a young girl for him to live all his holy fantaisies…”
      This is plain bullshit, seriously… If you’re really a NXIVM supporter, then you will have to work really hard on yourself, getting real help from where it may come…

    • To Pea Onyu.
      Keith, Clare and Allison are vile people who used “Female Empowerment” to torture, abuse and enslave women.

      The Unholy Trinity of Keith, Clare and Allison has no shame.

  • WTH, how guilty can these criminals be? The more they ad, the more afraid they must be.

    They dont have to hire a couple dozen attorneys to go through discovery, law firms have pea on you’s to do a lot of this kind of work.

    • pea brain has a job. She works at a vegan eatery. Taking orders, busing tables, scrubbing floors and cleaning toilets. Viva Executive Success!

  • Bill Cosby had expensive lawyers too, so did Scott Peterson and many other well known CRIMINALS sitting in jail. I’m not sure how impressed a jury of Clares peers will be.

  • Why so many lawyers? Easy to answer: because the discoveries the FBI and the prosecution are putting on the table are massive. More will be needed to keep these bastards’ hopes.

  • IMHO, Pea Onyu contributes more substance to this blog than angry morons like Flowers and her ilk.

    (and that’s saying a lot, since Pea contributes almost NOTHING of substance, lol)

    Pea, you claim to have known India but I think you’re a shitty liar. I think perhaps you dreamed of knowing India but that you never got the chance to meet her because you’re too “low rung” for meeting the top players in NXIVM.

    Can you prove that you knew India or anybody else? Or do you just get your general info about NXIVM from reading articles? Are you just pretending to know the NXIVM higher ups?

    Offer us something of substance to prove that you knew even one person high up in NXIVM.

    If not, then I guess you’re just a lying bitch who’s pretending to know people she only dreams of meeting.

    • Y I don’t believe the person calling themselves pea is Nxivm, probably a teenage boy , this individual has never answered a single question with a valid answer .

      • Amen. He or she is a complete fake – just regurgitating information that can already be found here and spinning it. It’s clearly someone who wants to stir the sh**t. People keep answering “her” like she’s real.

    • Flowers and her ilk are just angry because their precious “Progressive Agenda” is dying off, a piece at a time.

      The Libtard agenda will be DOA in a few short years, and relegated to the dustbin, where it belongs.

      America is no place for Communists. Maybe the rest of us will get lucky and these morons will leave the country, like some of them promised to do after Cankles lost the election.

      Hey Flowers, guess what: Kavanaugh’s going to get confirmed! I have it on reliable information. The liars claiming that Kavanaugh raped them have no credibility, and his testimony today swayed a couple of fence-sitters over to his side. By the way, there will be no FBI investigation; it’s not going to happen, period, end of story. Booker and Harris made themselves look like idiots, and hurt their 2020 nomination chances in the process.

      • Haha
        You claim know more than the general public … you have inside info.. and yet here you are , writing abusive posts to me on Frank report! 🤣😅😆😁😉😂😄May I remind you that I’m a Canadian and that I have no politician connections at all. Why are you so concerned with my opinion, Mr. Big man?

        Is it any surprise that rapists and criminals want to elect more rapists and criminals? Birds of a feather….

        • Because a shitstain like you constantly puts your opinionated lies out. Is it any surprise you back left wing lying cunts like yourself.

          • So now you’re going to pretend you didn’t write all the other emotionally & sexually abusive posts directed at me and posted under various aliases?
            You’re about as believable as the rapist you support.

      • Well the prosecuter was able to establish that Dr Ford is a LIAR, about not being able to fly. She confirmed that they flew all over, South Pacific, Tahiti, So. America, Peru, Hawaii, her recent vacation to Delaware, and then on to New Hampshire this summer, plus she had to fly a lot for her consulting job with Big Pharma.

        So saying that she couldn’t fly to the hearing for questioning because she had a fear of flying was a LIE (thank-you citizen journalists for uncovering that lie first). In fact, she flew to today’s hearing.

        So it begs the question, what else is she LYING about.

        Why did SHE leak her accusations to the Wash Post, if she didn’t want to get involved and wanted to stay anonymous? She leaked because her motive was to SMEAR Judge Kavanaugh and that has been her motivation from the beginning.

        She claims she walked 8 miles to her home alone after the assault. She was 15 and did not drive and she was horribly drunk. She was in a suburban neighborhood with many middle class family homes around where the attack took place, why didn’t she just knock on someone’s door and ask to use their phone to call home and get a ride?

        She seems to have Bill and Hillary’s mental problems of not being able to remember anything, including not being able to remember things within the past 2 months or even the past few weeks! For someone with such a faulty memory, and someone who NEVER mentioned Judge Kavanaugh’s name to ANYONE including her husband and her therapist when she finally got around to getting it on record in 2012 (when Romney was running for Pres and Kavanaugh’s name was bantered around as a possible Supreme Ct pick), why the well guarded secret? How does she even know it was Judge Kavanaugh who attacked her since she was drunk, and couldn’t recall anything before the attack or anything after that attack? Why did she keep his name a secret UNTIL he was up for Supreme Court Nomination? THEN and only then does she even bring the whole subject up with ANYONE about an attack at all.

        Even after walking 8 miles home, after the alleged attack, she never confided her traumatic experience to her closest friend who WENT to the PARTY with her! And her friend whom she abandoned at the party, ALONE with 4 drunken boys, NEVER asked her the next day, WHY did you leave me there alone? Nope. That conversation never took place. THAT is NOT believable.

        Diane Feinstein recommended Dr Ford’s Attorney (yes, the same one who was photographed with Hildabeast this past weekend). Attorneys both claim to be working pro-bono. (Yeah, right. Extremely expensive attorney’s working pro-bono: Not going to happen. SOMEone is footing the bill.)

        Dr Ford, is not paying for any of her expenses at all.

        Demoncraps are paying for everything, including her polygraph test. She said a go fund me account has been set up for her, but she doesn’t know anything about it. She doesn’t know who paid for the polygraph test, which the polygrapher had to fly to.

        4-5 parties she attended with Kavanaugh that summer, after the attack.

        All the people supposedly in attendance at this fictitious party, have zero recollection that such a party ever took place, including Dr Ford’s own best girl friend at the time. And according to Dr Ford, she continued to attend more parties where Kavanaugh and Mark Judge were present. One would think that if such a traumatic event took place in this woman’s life, that affected her whole life, and left her afraid to fly, that she would have refused to attend any more parties with these guys! You don’t party with your RAPIST!!! But that is not the case, she supposedly continued to party with her attackers.

        The Woman Prosecutor (specialist in sexual assault victims) was from California, and she said it would have been much more convenient for her to do the questioning in CA, so why was that refused?

        The Woman Prosecutor, Mitchell, also said that Standard Best Practices in cases like this is for the victim to have a one on one meeting (no lawyers present) meeting with a Forensic’s specialist to let the victim just tell their story without interruptions, as happened today. Mitchell said the least effective means is what happened today. Why didn’t her attorney’s, also specialists in rape/sexual assault, never suggest such a forensic meeting? Dr Ford said it was never brought up to her.

        I thought Mitchell was laying the ground work for conducting such a Forensic Meeting with a specialist, but she did not ask that question.

        So we are still left with a totally uncorroborated allegation, denied under oath by all supposed “witnesses”, with zero evidence to support it, from a known liar, with an incredibly faulty memory (can’t recall events from a few weeks ago, but recalls everything from 36 years ago). She doesn’t know when that assault happened, or where it happened, or how she got to the party or how she got home after the party. She never confided the event to her best friend, who was left, apparently, stranded at the party, yet zero discussion occurred explaining why she deserted her best friend at the party. The incident was NEVER discussed with her best friend, until a couple weeks ago, after fraudulent letter was leaked to the press! Best friend has no recollection of ever attending such a party, nor of being stranded at a party by Ford. All of Her witnesses deny the party even took place!

        You do the math.

        A fabricated smear job from start to finish, hosted and paid for by DEMONCRAPS!!! They couldn’t find ANYthing on this Judge over the past 36 years, since he was 18 years old, so they had to make something up!

        • Anon.
          – Ford had 1 beer, so she was not horribly drunk. BK WAS horribly drunk

          -BK lied many, many times throughout his testimony &interviews. We all know Devils triangle does not involve quarters.

          – Just because Ford didn’t report the assault doesn’t mean it didn’t occur. Many years I was assaulted in a similar way, and I also did not report it to police because I escaped, and I assumed the police would do nothing to the 2 creeps who attacked me. I was probably right about that, considering the mindset of that time period.

          – unless you are a woman, Anon, who was sexually assaulted during the 80’s, you may not understand that
          Obviously you DON’T understand that. That much is clear.

          • Scott, drinking one beer should not impede her ability to walk home.
            I hope you’re not implying that she was drunk and that contributed to her attack?

            FTR, I was not drinking when I was attacked, and neither were my attackers. Alcohol should not be considered a factor…
            Thinking back to the 80s, I can remember occassions when i was partying with a number of drunk guys, and i never had any fear that they would try to assault me. I never witnessed them do anything inappropriate to other women, either. And this was the same time period as the Kavanaugh parties occurred, and yes, we all drank a lot back then, but I’m not aware of any assaults taking place amongst the people I knew.

            That’s not the story we seem to hearing about Kavanaugh and his friends.

          • Flowers, my point is she probably had more than a single beer. But even if she only had one beer, her body weight at 15 and lack of experience drinking alcohol probably affected her more than you’re claiming. She testified she didn’t know how she got there or got back home. Also, she CLAIMS BK was drunk, we don’t know whether this is true or not. Obviously you DON’T understand that. That much is clear.

        • I’ve just read the above post, and it’s definitely FAKE NEWS.
          The picture of Hillary that the right-wing trolls are claiming is a picture taken with Ford’s lawyer, has been debunked. The picture in question was taken in 2016, and the other woman is NOT her lawyer. This is confirmed, 100%.

          Please stop spreading fake news!

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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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