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A former Los Angeles-based Dentons associate accused of trying to extort money from the firm has entered a guilty plea to a lesser criminal charge, admitting that he illegally accessed sensitive documents about the firm’s hiring and billing practices.

The onetime Dentons lawyer, Michael Potere, 32, was arrested on June 22. Prosecutors accused him of downloading sensitive documents from the firm, then threatening to leak information to the legal blog Above The Law unless he was provided $210,000 and a piece of artwork from Dentons’ Los Angeles office.

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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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