Posted March 02, 2019 11:05:27 A former New York law firm’s lawyer has filed a defamation lawsuit against his former boss after he said the law firm did not properly vet candidates to fill a vacant position on the New York Supreme Court.
In a statement released Thursday, attorney William O. Reilly claimed that the firm’s executive director, who has not been identified, did not provide him with proper vetting before accepting a position with the firm in 2018.
“The company’s Executive Director has not provided me with any information on this matter and, therefore, I cannot comment,” Reilly said.
The lawyer said the suit alleges that Reilly was “banned from speaking at the firm” and “fined by the firm for making false statements about the firm to a prospective candidate.”
Reilly also claims the firm did “not make the necessary effort to verify that he is qualified for the position,” according to the statement.
The statement also alleges that the former law firm “failed to protect its reputation” by not reviewing his “work history” and that it “failed [to] prevent Reilly from using his position as an attorney to promote his personal brand.”
Reilly has previously served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Robert T. Wilkins.