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A federal judge in Los Angeles sentenced former Dentons associate Michael Potere to five months in prison following his guilty plea to using a partner’s login credentials to access sensitive documents about the firm’s hiring and billing practices.

The sentence, which includes a year of supervised release in addition to the prison term, follows Potere’s guilty plea in October under an agreement with federal prosecutors. The erstwhile Dentons lawyer was arrested in June and charged by prosecutors with plotting to shake the firm down for $210,000 plus a piece of artwork from Dentons’ Los Angeles office.

Michael Potere.

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Scott Flaherty

Scott Flaherty, based in New York, covers the business of law with a focus on legal ethics, lawyer misconduct, conflicts-of-interest and litigation involving law firms. He can be reached at [email protected] On Twitter: @sflaherty18

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