Bruce Green was quoted in a New York Post article regarding ethical attorney-client behavior.
Sarma Melngailis, the so-called “Vegan Bernie Madoff,” and Jeffrey Lichtman, the renowned defense lawyer now repping El Chapo, have taken attorney-client privilege to a whole new level.
The stunning restaurateur was arrested in May 2016 for stealing nearly $2 million from her celeb-favorite Gramercy Park eatery, Pure Food and Wine. Lichtman, while working for Mexican druglord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, took on Melngailis’ case in February 2017.
The Post was provided hundreds of X-rated text messages between Melngailis, 46, and Lichtman, 53, spanning from February 2017 to May 2018.
According to Bruce Green, a Fordham Law professor specializing in legal ethics and professional responsibility, regardless of whether Lichtman “coerced” Melngailis, one thing is for sure: His behavior was unprofessional.
“It’s not good to mix sex with legal representation,” Green said.