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A 23-year-old man from Tennessee was arrested Tuesday and charged with pretending to be a high-powered New York City attorney, partly by copying and pasting lawyer biographies from the website of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

John Lambert was charged in Manhattan federal court with wire fraud and conspiracy for allegedly taking upward of $16,000 under false pretenses from consumers and businesses who found him online. In some cases, Lambert, under the fictional identity of lawyer “Eric Pope,” simply abandoned his clients, authorities said.

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Jack Newsham

Jack Newsham writes about the New York legal community and the business of law, including law firm finance and management and the battle for talent. Email him at [email protected] and find him on Twitter @thenewsham.

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