Trust fund nearly depleted?
You wouldn’t know it by Allison Mack – who just added two more attorneys to her defense team, bringing her total number of lawyers to five.
The two new attorneys come from Kobre & Kim, the same firm as that of the three lawyers who have represented her since her indictment in April 2018.
Her two new lawyers are:
Matthew I. Menchel of Kobre & Kim LLP, Menchel practices in Miami, Florida. He is admitted to practice in Federal Court in New York State.
Mack’s other new lawyer is Gabriela M. Ruiz, also of Kobre and Kim, and also practices in Miami.
Ruiz is not admitted to practice in New York State and made a motion for an Order for admission to practice Pro Hac Vice.
Gabiela RuizRuiz, a litigator for individual and corporate clients in “high-stakes disputes, investigations and government enforcement actions”, is a native Spanish speaker. That may come in handy for Mack’s trial for some of her DOS slaves are Mexican.
Ruiz serves clients throughout Mexico and Latin America in investigations arising from allegations of fraud, bribery, accounting irregularities, and violations of securities laws.
Menchel is a “highly regarded’ trial lawyer, who focuses on government enforcement defense and complex civil litigation. He often serves as lead counsel.
Recognized as “an absolutely first-class trial practitioner” by Chambers USA, he is described as “truly gifted at cross-examinations and at communicating with a jury.”
The Daily Business Review twice chose him as the “Most Effective Lawyer” in the criminal law category.
The presiding judge on a highly publicized, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act trial commented about Mr. Menchel’s trial skills: “…his cross-examination was about as text-book an example of a vigorous cross examination as I’ve ever seen.”
Prior to joining Kobre & Kim, Menchel was a prosecutor at 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 Florida), where he was chief of the Criminal Division.
According to Chambers, Menchel is a “fearless and relentless trial lawyer who can walk into a courtroom on any matter in any jurisdiction and command the issues.”
As a prosecutor, Menchel has similar experience to the newly added prosecution lawyer Mark Lesko.
I can envision a riveting trial with Lesko leading the prosecution and Menchel and Agnifilo leading the defense.
In any event, the addition of two new lawyers brings the total number of defense attorneys for the six Nxivm defendants to 26.
Teny Rose Geragos
-Brafman & Associates
Paul DerOhannesian , II
Danielle Renee Smith
-DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian
Gedalia Moshe Stern
Kathleen Elizabeth Cassidy
-Hafetz & Neches LLP
Fabien Manohar Thayamballi
-Shapiro Arato LLP
-Sher Tremonte LLP
Andrea S. Tazioli
-Quarles & Brady LLP
-Rothman, Schneider, Soloway & Stern, P.C.
William F. McGovern
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tanya Hajjar
Assistant U.S. Attorney Karin K. Orenstein
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin M. Trowel
Assistant U.S. Attorney Mark J. Lesko