Beginning of the End of L.A.’s Detective Scandal?

The private eye scandal that promised to devastate L.A.’s legal community hasn’t really delivered: Aside from high-profile litigator Terry Christensen, few of the people indicted for allegedly hiring detective Anthony Pellicano to engage in illegal wiretapping register on the legal radar screen. It’s not so surprising in hindsight that they seem to be the types that we outside L.A. imagine as crowding the margins of Hollywood — people clawing for a buck at the periphery of celebrity.

Over the last few weeks, though, as prosecutors and defense lawyers try to work out a trial date for Christensen — the erstwhile lead partner at the firm now known as Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil & Shapiro — rumblings in the L.A. bar have begun about a new wave of subpoenas sent out to attorneys at Greenberg Glusker, one of L.A.’s top firms and the home of Bertram Fields, the famed entertainment litigator.

Fields, of course, has long been closely linked to Pellicano, and has been a prime target of L.A. federal prosecutors. But people familiar with the Pellicano case say the prosecutors have made little headway in their probe of Fields, and that the recent subpoenas of Greenberg lawyers look to many like a wrap-up of the long-running investigation, since they’re aimed at figuring out whether any documents not covered by attorney-client privilege may be available to the government.

Fields attorney John Keker couldn’t be reached Tuesday afternoon. It’s been reported in the past that Greenberg Glusker isn’t itself a target of the probe, and Brian Sun, the Jones Day partner representing the firm, said Monday that it has been responding to prosecutors’ requests. “The firm has, and continues to, cooperate with the U.S. attorney’s office,” he said.

Justin Scheck


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