Consistent with The Leslie Brodie Report commitment to integrity and adherence to the highest level of ethical journalism, and in order to report on both sides of a story; this is a request and an for the Chair of Morrison & Foerster — Mr. Keith Wetmore — to respond and otherwise comment on the recent abrupt departure of Morrison & Foerster partners Dian Grueneich and Lori Schechter.
As was previously mentioned, the pace of drama from Morrison & Foerster surrounding events at the CPUC, State Bar of California, and sham entity CaliforniaALL is quickening.
Specifically, The Leslie Brodie Report has learned that partners Lori Schechter and Dian Grueneich are no longer with the firm.
Schechter — spouse of State Bar of California former president Bill Hebert — began working for Morrison & Foerster in October 1988, and exited the firm in early 2012 after 24 years. She has been appointed Associate General Counsel at McKesson Corporation.
Ms. Dian Grueneich, former CPUC commissioner, earned a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University in 1974. She is a recipient of the Charles Percy Award for Public Servic. (image: courtesy photo)
Grueneich, a former commissioner with the California Public Utilities Commission, joined Morrison & Foerster in March 2011. During the same time period, Theresa Cho, Ms. Grueneich’s longtime colleague and former Chief of Staff, also joined the firm.
Both Grueneich and Schechter were, and continue to be, the subject of intense scrutiny with respect to events relating to Morrison & Foerster partners James Brosnahan, Susan Mac Cormac, Tony West, and Raj Chatterjee, as well as circumstances surrounding sham entity CaliforniaALL, the California Bar Foundation, Thomas Girardi, Martha Escutia, Joe Dunn, Geoffrey Brown, and online publication Voice of OC.
As mentioned previously , the fact that some individuals and entities involved in the creation of CaliforniaALL and the subsequent transfer of $780,000 from the Cal Bar Foundation to CaliforniaALL were also involved in assisting Joe Dunn with the creation of “Voice of OC” has caused complainant (YR) to postulate that “Voice of OC” may have been a recipient, at least in part, of the $780,000 obtained unlawfully from the Foundation of the State Bar of California — to wit: on one hand Morrison & Foerster’s Susan Mac Cormac as legal counsel for CaliforniaALL and Morrison & Foertser Annette Carnegie and Girardi & Keese’s Howard Miller in their capacity as BOD members of California Bar Foundation; on the other hand are Morrison &Foerster’s James Brosnahan and Girardi & Keese’s Thomas Girardi helping Joe Dunn with the establishment of Voice of OC.
Morrison & Foerster Team (L-R) Ms. Dian Grueneich — Former Commissioner with California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”); Mr. Raj Chatterjee — current board member of the Foundation of State Bar of California (DBA California Bar Foundation, entity headed by Arnold & Porter’s Douglas Winthrop formerly of Howard Rice) ; Ms. Susan Mac Cormac — part of legal team which created entity CaliforniaALL, Mac Cormac was recently awarded “Rainmaker of the Year” by James Brosnahan’s alleged former mistress — Marty Africa of Major Lindsey & Africa; Mr. Tony West; Mr. James J. Brosnahan of “Voice of OC” who represented El Paso Corp during California energy crisis opposing Pierce O’Donnell, Joe Cotchett, and Thomas Girardi of Joe Dunn’s Voice of OC; Ms. Annette Carnegie, formerly member of the board of California Bar Foundation during the Hush-Hush subrosa transfer of $780,000 to CaliforniaALL; Ms. Diane Pritchard who practiced extensively before the CPUC while at MoFo. (image: courtesy photo)
YR’s belief that this is the case is heightened given the proximity in time of various events: Ruthe Ashley left CaliforniaALL in the same month Joe Dunn launched “Voice of OC” (as though her mission had been completed). Moreover, the recent abrupt departure of Thomas Girardi and James Brosnahan from ‘Voice of OC” ( as though they were fleeing the scene with guilty consciences), the refusal of SAL-UCI to disclose the amount it received from CaliforniaALL, the simulated RFP, and CaliforniaALL’s pre-selection of the UCI Foundation as a recipient of funds only reinforce this belief. This is heightened by Mr. Thomas Girardi’s lack of credibility (pursuant to findings made by a panel of federal judges in the matter of In Re Girardi), and the well-documented friendship he shares with Joe Dunn.
Please observe that, rather than contacting Mr. Keith Wetmore of Morrison & Foerster directly, the query is being delivered publicly, here and now.
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