palo alto, ca: The legal team defending former CSFB star investment banker Frank Quattrone from obstruction-of-justice and witness-tampering charges has retained crisis litigation firm Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates to handle PR related to his legal ordeal, confirmed partner Charlie Leonard.
In late April, Quattrone was charged by federal prosecutors for allegedly encouraging his staff to destroy banking files that he knew had been subpoenaed.
Quattrone is the second high-profile client Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter has worked for in the last year that has faced obstruction charges stemming from alleged document destruction. The agency also represented accounting firm Arthur Andersen when it was indicted on charges of obstruction related to document retention.
So far, the PR efforts around Quattrone's defense have been aggressive. Attorneys recently released a strong public rebuke of prosecutors to the press, which read in part, "Only prosecutors who see the world through dirty windows" could charge Quattrone.
Quattrone rose to prominence during the 1990s tech bubble when his West Coast-based technology-banking group took a spate of high-profile tech companies public via IPO. He became one of the most powerful men on Wall Street, earning an estimated $200 million.