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Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw attorney Andrew Frey will lead the appellate team for media tycoon Conrad Black, the former Hollinger International chairman who was convicted of three counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice earlier this month. Frey, who works from the firm’s New York office, said that he will lead a team that also includes firm partners Andy Schapiro and Shelia Finnegan, and will rely on Black’s original lead trial attorneys, Edward Genson of Chicago and Edward Greenspan of Toronto, for additional counsel in an attempt to get the convictions overturned by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Frey, who said his firm was retained during the past week, said that he is still learning about the case and wasn’t in a position to discuss what his strategy might be, though the trial team has proposed some ideas, he said. “I’m optimistic that we’ll have good arguments, but I can’t tell you what,” Frey said. “I’m just learning the case.” The team isn’t able to file a notice of appeal until 10 days after the sentencing, which is scheduled for Nov. 30. An appeal brief might be filed by February, he said. Frey was the deputy solicitor general for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1973 to 1986, through four different presidential administrations. Most of Frey’s practice is related to civil litigation though he has worked on a number of criminal cases. Recently, he provided input for the appeal brief of former Credit Suisse First Boston banker Frank Quattrone, whose conviction was overturned in March.

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