Leonard N. Ross

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Leonard N. Ross, the former law partner of Philadelphia Mayor John Street, joined the Greenberg Traurig Philadelphia office in April 2000. [1]

"Ross, 58, is a former city prosecutor and was Street's sole law partner in the 1990s. When Street became mayor, he appointed Ross to head his transition committee. Ross joined the law firm Greenberg Traurig L.L.P. in 2000 under an unusual deal in which he would be paid [$10,000 a month] 'for so long as John Street is the mayor of Philadelphia.' He resigned" in November 2005. [2]


Plead Guilty on Extortion Charges

Leonard N. Ross "became the 18th person charged in a [Philadelphia] City Hall corruption probe" when he plead guilty December 6, 2005, "to corruption and extortion charges - allegations that he used his public position to win business for his wife, pay off an embarrassing $80,000 debt, and raise campaign cash for Street," John Shiffman and Marcia Gelbert reported in the December 7, 2005, Philadelpia Inquirer.

According to U.S. Attorney Patrick L. Meehan, Ross "chaired a Street-appointed panel in 2003 that was to select a developer for Penn's Landing" and "used that position and 'his relationship with the mayor to sell his office and to sell out the people of Philadelphia... . Len Ross' financial well-being depended on John Street's winning reelection in 2003. In fact, Ross had a deal with a law firm, $10,000 a month, so long as Street remained mayor.'"

Profiles

According to his Greenberg Traurig profile (cache file), "Leonrd N. Ross (Of Counsel) born 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Education: George Washington University (B.A., 1969; J.D., 1972). Assistant Public Defender, 1972-1976. Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia, 1976-1981. Fellow of the Academy of Advocacy, 1983. Member: Philadelphia Bar Association; The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association; Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers. Practice Areas: General Practice; Government Relations; Litigation."

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