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Exclusive: Paul Hastings partner sacked for massive CV lies
04 October 2013
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One of the top lawyers in the City has been exposed as having lied about his entire education and his Bar qualifications.

On Monday Dennis O'Riordan was suspended for three years by the Bar Tribunals and Disciplinary Service for lying on his CV and on his former chambers' websites and professional profiles. He had claimed that he had been to school at Radley, taken an undergraduate degree and then a doctorate at Balliol Oxford, had been an Eldon Scholar and had also gone to Harvard. He also said that he was a member of the New York Bar and the Irish Bar. All jolly impressive but, unfortunately, all lies.

O'Riordan has enjoyed a high-powered career. Until yesterday, when he was shown the door, he was a special consultant at Paul Hastings' London office and from 2009 until last year he was a partner at the firm. Before that he was a partner at Cadwalader, Group Counsel for Nomura, General Counsel for Sumitomo Finance and Head of Legal and Tax at the London branch of the Republic National Bank of New York. Almost unbelievably, not one of them smelt a rat. It seems he was only rumbled when he applied for a new job with an unidentified chambers.

    A photo from O'Riordan's desk yesterday

Paul Hastings had no idea O'Riordan (known as D. Thomas O'Riordan at the firm) was a brass-balled fantasist until it was contacted by RollOnFriday this week. Overnight his profile was removed from its website and within 24 hours he was out of the firm. Which is not entirely surprising: the revelation that O'Riordan lied about his NY and Irish Bar admissions will have Paul Hastings and previous employers scrambling to work out how much of his advice was given in his fictional capacities and whether they have any liability.

A spokesman for Paul Hastings told RollOnFriday, "We learned yesterday that a consultant to the London office, Tom O’Riordan, has, in the past, exaggerated his academic qualifications. Mr O' Riordan left the firm yesterday with immediate effect."
 
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anonymous user
04/10/2013 08:06
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But, doesn't this actually show he was very good at his job and that qualifications in general are clearly over-rated if you can do the work he did for so many years? He shouldn't have lied, obvs, but the more interesting point is whether a CV really matters to clients? Don't clients just want good work from their lawyers?
Heffalump
04/10/2013 08:23
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I find it astonishing that he was merely suspended, and not disbarred.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 09:12
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@Heffalump - the Bar Tribunal would never disbar a man who had been to Oxford.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 09:16
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Can you be disbarred if you were never legally part of the bar?
anonymous user
04/10/2013 09:23
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A cv is a statement. If it is fraudulent in parts, he should be prosecuted accordingly and of course disbarred in any event.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 09:34
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Very Frank Abagnale
CaptainSwing
04/10/2013 09:39
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I agree with Heffalump. It is very odd that he was not disbarred.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 10:36
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I love the Paul Hastings attempt at damage limitation: "A spokesman for Paul Hastings told RollOnFriday, "We learned yesterday that a consultant to the London office, Tom O’Riordan, has, in the past, exaggerated his academic qualifications. Mr O' Riordan left the firm yesterday with immediate effect." He did not exaggerate (!) he created it ALL out of thing air. I bet you Paul Hastings will be checking all those legal opinions he signed with his apparent New York bar dual qualification. If I was a client, I'd be very very very unhappy indeed - especially on any case I did not win which he was advising on! There will be litigation over this at Paul Hastings - just wait...
anonymous user
04/10/2013 10:38
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I've worked with this guy, and he's a seriously impressive lawyer. Very sad.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 11:21
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Does ROF have his real C.V. ? It might be fascinating to know who the real man is - Walter Mitty ?
anonymous user
04/10/2013 11:51
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Two mice fell into a bucket of cream...
anonymous user
04/10/2013 11:56
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What goes around comes around. Though its staggering it took so long for this to come out. It's clearly absolutely disgraceful for any client to have paid the fees he would have charged to instruct someone with apparently outstanding credentials of this profile (and pay the associated hike) only to discover its all lies. I'd be asking for my money back if he lost my hedge fund's case that's for sure!
anonymous user
04/10/2013 12:03
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I wonder if cv's are now going to be checked on everyone that the firm would like to move on?
Jamie @ RoF
04/10/2013 12:32
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anonymous user
04/10/2013 11:21
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Does ROF have his real C.V. ?

He did his LLB at the UEA. Pretty sure he did, anyway.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 12:45
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bet he was on the first easyjet flight out of the country from to the Costa-del-crime! never to be seen again...
anonymous user
04/10/2013 12:58
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I used to work for this fellow, at Nomura. An absolute gentleman, fond of trouser braces.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 14:14
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What no one appears to be asking: How did you, ROF, find out about this?
anonymous user
04/10/2013 14:16
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I think he took the BVC in the UK though...that's probably why he hasd only been suspended.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 14:16
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I think he took the BVC in the UK though...that's probably why he hasd only been suspended.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 16:36
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The Bar Directory today lists a Dr Dennis Thomas Delcaron O'Riordan, MA, D Phil(Oxon), said to be of Quadrant Chambers and Paul Hastings. Called October 1993. Could they be the same? A 20 year fantasy?
anonymous user
04/10/2013 17:46
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No surprise here. The senior end of most partnerships has its fair share of Walter Mitty types. All you need is an unjustifiably large ego, an ability to bullsh#t and the absence of morality. Actually I believe there is a fair element of Aspergers among senior partners.
anonymous user
04/10/2013 18:30
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anonymous @17:46 - you've just described three attributes that would be highly unusual for a person with Asperger Syndrome.
tarquin
04/10/2013 20:25
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Agreed not Aspergers

More Psychopathic

Is anyone outside the Bar/ academia interested in qualifications anyway?

Storm in a teacup
anonymous user
05/10/2013 18:57
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fond of trouser braces?

Should have set alarm bells ringing..
anonymous user
05/10/2013 19:23
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they forgot to add he also seems to have felt he was a visiting lecturer of Oxford University! see his Zoominfo profile: http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Tom-O%27Riordan/259556114
anonymous user
05/10/2013 20:47
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This is typical of law firms - mediocre men rise to the top of law firms based primarily on their aggression, over-confidence and ability to talk about sport
anonymous user
06/10/2013 01:45
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So this is what Suits is based on...
anonymous user
07/10/2013 14:26
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Worked for him too a few years ago. Clever charming and "creative" lawyer but not suited to management. Had Gordon Brown style eruptions when challenged, now at least we know why. Had plenty to hide. Worrying that he was not subjected to proper background checks by anyone till now.
Farang
07/10/2013 15:54
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i worked with him some years back. a really reallly nice guy. hope he has put away enough cash to make it out of this cesspit and go somewhere where the sun always shines
anonymous user
09/10/2013 18:38
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Worked with him at Republic National Bank of New York London Branch , charming hard working and highly regarded. Wish him well.
anonymous user
15/10/2013 13:36
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Whether he was good at his job is irrelevant. This goes to his integrity. What else would he be prepared to lie about? It will be interesting to see if he is prosecuted. CV fraud is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to 10 years under the Fraud Act.
anonymous user
23/01/2014 14:01
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He has now been disbarred.
  

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