SOURCE: Balestriere Lanza PLLC

June 06, 2008 15:08 ET

Balestriere Lanza PLLC Announces That Former Kasowitz IP Partner Sues Former Firm Alleging Campaign to Destroy His Reputation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 6, 2008) - Jeremy Pitcock, a former partner at Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman, LLP, brought suit in federal court yesterday against his former firm and its PR agency, alleging a massive PR campaign bent on destroying Pitcock's reputation and ruining his career. Represented by John Balestriere of Balestriere Lanza PLLC, Pitcock claims that he has lost millions of dollars as a result of KBT&F's actions and can no longer find a job in his practice area, complex intellectual property litigation.

According to the complaint, Pitcock left the prestigious law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2006 to build the IP practice at KBT&F. In late 2007, after Pitcock generated many new matters and recruited several new attorneys, Pitcock claims he was fired so KBT&F could retain the benefits of his work without having to pay his more than $1 million annual salary. When KBT&F learned that Pitcock joined a rival firm, KBT&F allegedly spread a series of false rumors to sully Pitcock's reputation and prevent him from taking business to the new firm. Whereas Pitcock and his former firm agreed to part ways amicably, KBT&F announced in a January 22, 2007, press release that Pitcock was terminated "for cause" for "extremely inappropriate personal conduct." In light of the negative press, the complaint states that Pitcock's new firm withdrew its offer of partnership. Pitcock has tried to move on from this incident, but he has been unable to find a comparable job due to his alleged reputational damage.

In a recent statement, Pitcock said, "I am appalled that a large law firm would use its vast resources to hire an aggressive PR firm to destroy the good name of a young and hardworking partner who did nothing but use his best efforts to build up successfully the IP practice at that firm."

Pitcock looks forward to resolving this matter and moving on with the rest of his personal and professional life.

Balestriere Lanza PLLC is a NY-based trials and investigations law firm representing individuals, companies, and institutions in a wide variety of matters, including civil, criminal, class, regulatory, trials, and appellate cases.

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