Cooley taps former ‘Whitey’ Bulger prosecutor in Boston

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  • Zach Hafer was beforehand chief of prison division in Boston U.S. legal professional’s workplace
  • Hafer just lately helped prosecute Jasiel Correia, an area mayor convicted of fraud

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(Reuters) – Cooley has added longtime federal prosecutor Zach Hafer as a companion in Boston, the California-founded agency mentioned on Friday, because it continues rising its East Coast litigation roster.

Hafer leaves the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, the place he labored as an assistant U.S. legal professional for 14 years. During his tenure, which included serving as chief of the prison division, Hafer was on the workforce that attempted the high-profile case towards James “Whitey” Bulger and supervised the Varsity Blues school admissions case, Cooley mentioned.

He additionally prosecuted Jasiel Correia, a former mayor of Fall River, Massachusetts, who was sentenced to 6 years in jail final month after being convicted of defrauding traders in an app firm and extorting tons of of hundreds of {dollars} from native marijuana corporations.

Hafer joins Cooley’s litigation division. The 1,300-lawyer agency in July introduced on former Manhattan federal prosecutor Russell Capone in New York and employed three white collar companions in June to the agency’s just lately launched Chicago workplace.

“I’ve been impressed by Cooley’s dedication to building out its litigation and white-collar capabilities on the East Coast and nationally,” Hafer mentioned in a press release.

At Cooley, he’ll give attention to advanced litigation, white collar protection and investigations and trial work, the agency mentioned. Prior to his time on the Massachusetts’ U.S. legal professional’s workplace, Hafer was a litigation affiliate at Debevoise & Plimpton.

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