Spitzer Hires Hotshot Lawyer

Beleaguered gov turns to former top deputy, corruption hunter
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2008 2:20 PM CDT

(Newser) – Eliot Spitzer needs a lawyer, and luckily, the ex-AG knows a few. Client 9 has put his fate in the hands of Michele Hirshman, his top deputy from his days as New York State's top lawyer. Now a partner at a top-tier New York firm, Hirshman also spent 11 years as a federal prosecutor, heading up the Public Corruption Unit, which just happens to be the outfit Spitzer’s in trouble with.

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As Spitzer’s deputy, Hirshman helped take on mutual funds and targeted people like AIG’s Hank Greenberg and NYSE chairman Dick Grasso. Hirshman, 48, is a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison firm. Fellow partner Mark Pomerantz, lawyer to such notables as Steve Jobs and ImClone chairman Sam Waksal, will assist her. (Read more Eliot Spitzer stories.)

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