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It sounds like David Drumm has backed himself a winner

The ex-Anglo chief has a new defence lawyer who boasts a 90% win rate in white collar crime trials.

THE RECENT NEWS that former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm is to appeal the decision to deny him bankruptcy on US soil can hardly have surprised many.

However, it seems Drumm is taking things to the next level in hiring one of Boston’s most high profile white collar criminal lawyers to represent him in his appeal, not to mention fighting any extradition charges that may be brought against him from Ireland.

Tracy Miner, a partner with Boston law firm Demeo, is routinely acknowledged as one of the leading criminal defence lawyers in Massachusetts, if not in the US as a whole.

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Miner has achieved acquittals in her last nine criminal trials (over a space of more than ten years) before almost every facet of the American justice system imaginable.

The manner of crimes her recent clients were charged include:

  • Louis de Sisto – a treasurer of a union accused of falsifying documents to assist the union’s president with a vote on union dues
  • Robert Therrien – CEO of Brooks Automation Inc., accused of tax fraud in the exercising of his stock options
  • Marc Sirockman – a regional executive with Swiss biotech company Serono, who was accused (among others) of health care fraud (specifically the bribing of doctors to write prescriptions for a drug that treated wasting in AIDS patients). While all executives were acquitted, the company itself was ordered to pay an eye-watering $700 million in fines regarding the marketing of the drug.
  • Alan McKenzie – a director of TAP Pharmaceuticals accused of violating an anti-kickback statute with regard to the marketing of a prostate cancer drug. McKenzie was made president of the company one month after being acquitted.

All of which suggests Drumm’s case may be a bit of a doddle for her.

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Six of Miner’s recent successes have come in Federal Court, i.e. trials at a national rather than state level.

Endorsements for her extraordinary ability are ten a penny.

“With the conviction rate in federal court over 90 percent for cases that go to trial, Tracy’s record of acquittals is truly extraordinary,” said Joe Hameline, head of litigation at Miner’s previous Boston firm Mintz Levin.

Time and again, she has proven her skills as a litigator in some of the toughest cases. Her track record speaks for itself.”

She is glowingly endorsed by a compatriot on lawyer-aggregation site as being an ‘exceptional lawyer’.

Tracy is a fearless and relentless advocate. She is caring, compassionate and totally committed to her clients.

All in all, Miner sounds like a top class operator which is good news for Drumm.

The only potential blot to be found on her copybook is a 2013 charge against her for allegedly procuring alcohol for her underage daughter and her friends (however, all charges were dropped five days later).

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