In 1961, at age 38, Morton S. Robson was stepping down from a stint as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Looking ahead to a career in private practice and perhaps political office, he sat beside Eleanor Roosevelt at the swearing-in of his successor as Manhattan’s chief federal prosecutor, Robert M. Morgenthau.

Today, at age 83, Robson is no longer trying to build his reputation in the profession. Instead, he is doing his best to salvage it. A complicated deal gone bad a few years ago led to his disbarment in May, and he continues to face a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars in damages.

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