USA: Ex-Biglaw Partner Pleads Guilty In Bankruptcy Fraud Case

ATL reports

Back in March, John Roesser, a former Biglaw partner, was arrested for making false statements and submitting falsified records in the course of his own bankruptcy proceeding. Roesser was a partner at five firms between 2010 and 2018, jumping from Seyfarth Shaw to Winston & Strawn to Alston & Bird to Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer before he finally landed at Dechert.

As we noted previously, while Roesser’s income was “substantial,” so were his tax obligations (to the tune of approximately $3.8+ million). Those allegedly went unpaid, and he resigned from the New York bar in 2020 after he admitted to misappropriating six figures in client funds. He filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2022, and was later indicted after claiming that he was about to receive nearly $10 million to pay his immense tax debts — that money never materialized.

Earlier this week, Roesser pleaded guilty before Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York to one count of making false statements under penalty of perjury and submitting falsified records in his bankruptcy case. The New York Law Journal has additional details: