NY lawyer arrested for impersonation

Fri Dec 5, 2008 2:24pm EST
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TORONTO (Reuters) - A prominent New York corporate lawyer has been arrested in Toronto on a charge of impersonation, police said on Friday.

Marc Dreier, founder and managing partner of Dreier LLP, was scheduled to appear in court Friday morning to answer charges of "impersonation with intent," said Constable Tony Vella, a spokesman for Toronto police.

Dreier was arrested on Tuesday after a meeting at the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan offices in Toronto, the Globe and Mail reported. He is alleged to have represented himself as someone else at the meeting, which was related to a proposed multimillion dollar deal between the pension plan and Fortress Credit Opportunities, the newspaper said on its website.

No further details were immediately available.

A representative from Dreier's law firm or the Ontario Teachers did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Dreier, 58, headed the litigation department in the New York office of law firm Fulbright & Jaworski LLP and had been a litigation partner at Rosenman & Colin LLP before founding Dreier LLP in 1996, according to a biography on his firm's website.

He is a graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School and has worked as a commercial litigator for more than 30 years, the website said.

The arrest was first reported by the legal blog Above the Law late on Thursday.

The New York Times, in a website posting on Friday, said the law firm, which has more than 250 attorneys, canceled a holiday party that had been scheduled for Thursday evening at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in Manhattan.

(Reporting by Martha Graybow in New York and Frank McGurty in Toronto; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Brian Moss)