LAWFUEL – The Legal Newswire – Along with Conrad Black, two lawyers from Hollingers were convicted on fraud charges, the Wall Street Journal reports. The WSJ Law Blog provided potted profiles:
Peter Atkinson: When Conrad Black began to empire-build in the 1970s, he retained Peter Atkinson, then a litigator at Toronto’s Aird & Berlis. Atkinson became Black’s right-hand man, and in 1996 he left private practice to become GC of Hollinger, later becoming an executive at Hollinger International. Atkinson is represented by Michael Schachter of Willkie Farr.
Mark Kipnis: A lawyer and CPA, Kipnis previously worked at PriceWaterhouse and the now defunct Chicago law firm of Holleb & Coff. He joined Hollinger in 1998. Of the four defendants, Kipnis was the only one who didn’t receive money from the non-compete payments that were at the core of the criminal convictions. Kipnis is represented by Ronald Safer of Schiff Hardin.