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A phalanx of lawyers – this time to defend Bronfman-Raniere group

In the past, Keith Raniere and Clare Bronfman routinely retained a phalanx of attorneys to attack enemies of the NXIVM cult and put them in jail.

Now, it seems that they once again have a phalanx of lawyers – but for an opposite purpose – to keep them out of jail.

Here are the lawyers we know of so far:

  • Keith Alan Raniere
  • Marc Agnifilo – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
  • Paul DerOhannesian II – DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian
  • Danielle R. Smith – DerOhannesian & DerOhannesian
  • Jacob Kaplan – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
  • Teny R. Geragos – Brafman & Associates, P.C.
  • Brian Poe – Fort Worth, TX
Marc Agnifilo and Paul DerOhannesian


Allison Mack


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    Steven Kobre
  • Steven G. Kobre – Kobre & Kim LLC  [Kobre served as a prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice (as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York). Prior to that, Mr. Kobre worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.
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    William F. McGovern
  • William F. McGovern – Kobre & Kim LLC  [McGovern previously served as a New York prosecutor, during which time he was appointed as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He also served as a U.S. SEC branch chief. ]
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  • Sean S. Buckley – Kobre & Kim LLC  [a former U.S. Department of Justice  (DOJ) prosecutor, Buckley is a trial and investigations lawyer who defends clients in white-collar criminal matters and international government enforcement actions. Buckley serves as counsel in cross-border investigations, often involving allegations of bribery or U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, antitrust matters or money laundering.]
  • Clare Bronfman
  • Dennis Burke –Ballard Spahr
  • Susan R. Necheles – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
  • Kathleen E. Cassidy – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
  • Gedalia Stern – Hafetz & Necheles LLP
Susan Necheles
Nancy Salzman AKA Prefect

 Nancy Salzman

  •  Michael J. Sullivan  – Ashcroft Group [Sullivan formerly served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts and Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.]


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    Michael Sullivan
  • Lauren Salzman
  • Hector J. Diaz – Quarles & Brady, LLP
  • James L. Burke – Quarles & Brady
Hector J. Diaz
Hector Diaz


Finally, a picture of Kathy Russell – she aged out of Keith Raniere’s harem some time ago, but he kept her on as a low paid bookkeeper assigned to keep double sets of books and participate in various criminal schemes – as well as to clean his sex lair after his various encounters. She is an aspiring ballerina. Raniere has indicated to her that if she continues with the tech, she will experience a breakthrough and become a world-level ballerina one day soon.


  • Kathy Russell
  • William Fanciullo [former Assistant U.S. Attorney.]
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William Fanciullo


  • Prosecution
  • Richard P. Donoghue – U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York
  • Moira K. Penza – AUSA (Criminal Division)
  • Tanya Hajjar – AUSA (Criminal Division)
  • Karin K. Orenstein – AUSA (Civil Division)


The judge has ordered that as to Keith Raniere, Allison Mack, Clare Bronfman, Kathy Russell, Lauren Salzman, and Nancy Salzman:

No attorney who has appeared, or will enter an appearance on behalf of, any party in this case may commit to participating in any other trial between January 1, 2019, and April 30, 2019, without first requesting (in writing) and receiving specific permission from this court. The court will schedule motions and set a firm trial date at the September 13, 2018, status conference. Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 7/25/2018. (Haddad, Andrew) (Entered: 07/25/2018)

The parties shall meet and confer regarding discovery and a motion schedule prior to the next status conference, which is scheduled for 9/13/2018 at 2:00 PM. Time is excluded under the Speedy Trial Act between 7/25/2018 and 9/13/2018, with respect to all parties present, for review of discovery and plea negotiations on consent (except Keith Raniere, who objects to the exclusion of time). Jury selection and trial is rescheduled for 1/7/2019 in Courtroom 4D South before Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.

Karen Unterreiner with Raniere stooge James Del Negro – who often put companies in his name to help Raniere launder money. Sometimes, he did not even know which companies his name was on or what the companies supposedly did. But Karen knew – she never forgot a single company and helped Keith mastermind the entire bookkeeping scam. In her spare time, the generous Karen would pick up underage girls for Keith to enjoy.

Note: In the case of Kathy Russell – longtime NXIVM member Karen Abney originally posted $25,000 bail for her. Later, Kathy’s sisters were slated to post the bail in Abney’s place. Abney worked alongside Russell and Karen Unterreiner, who some believe has flipped and is giving evidence to the US Attorney. If so, Karen is a wealth of information having been with Keith consistently since his RPI days. She helped him procure underage girls and masterminded his double [and triple] sets of books. That Kathy Russell – who took orders from Karen has been charged and not Karen – speaks volumes. Of course, Keith had always planned that Kathy should be the fall girl for the crooked books.]


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  • We should also mention the most important lawyer in the court room.
    US Judge Nicholas Garaufis.

    This Judge was appointed to the bench by that special President, Bill The Rapist Clinton.

    Bill The Rapist Clinton as ex-President, displayed a soft spot in his heart for the admitted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
    Clinton is known to have flown on Epstein’s personal jet “The Lolita Express” at least 26 times.

    “Former President Bill Clinton was a much more frequent flyer on a registered sex offender’s infamous jet than previously reported, with flight logs showing the former president taking at least 26 trips aboard the “Lolita Express” — even apparently ditching his Secret Service detail for at least five of the flights.”

    If Bill the Rapist Clinton is so lenient to a perverted pedophile, many his judge will be equally lenient.

    “Epstein was accused of recruiting and forcing dozens of children into an underground network of sex slaves, who served many of the elite members of society, including former American President Bill Clinton.”

    No doubt when appointing Federal Judges Clinton looked for candidates of like mind.

  • It is entirely appropriate that we acknowledge the many contributions of the FBI Investigators and the DOJ lawyers as well.

    These men and women worked hard to make sure that Allison Mack would have the most special birthday gift of her whole life — a multi-count Federal RICO indictment.

    It was very considerate of the FBI agents to do all that leg work to document the litany of evil acts committed by Allison Mack over the last few years.
    And the DOJ prosecutors worked diligently to draft a coherent narrative describing Allison Mack’s life of crime.
    All in time for Mack’s birthday.
    Drafting a RICO indictment is a lot harder than working as a pimp.

    And what consideration did Allison Mack display towards the hard working men and women of the FBI and DOJ?
    Absolutely none.

    Allison Mack did not even send her benefactors a thank you note for the most unique birthday gift she has ever received.

    A multi-count US RICO indictment alleging racketeering, wire fraud, extortion, sex trafficking and involuntary servitude.

    Allison Mack’s failure to thank the FBI and DOJ shows the world what an ingrate she is.

  • Since Allison Mack’s parents had to put their house up as bond, Lauren Salzman grandparents had to put up money for bond, Nancy Salzman had to have a friend help her with her bond, Keith Raniere says he has no access and Kathy Russell didn’t have two dimes to rub together and Clare Bronfman had to have outside help for her bond, who the heck is paying for all these lawyers?

    My guess is Clare Bronfman is paying for them. How long can she do that if all her money gets tide up with finalizing her bond?

    Maybe like Raniere has said, “It just appears”. Magically these lawyer fees get paid. It is the tooth fairy? Is it an offshore account of laundried money?

    It seems like a conflict of interest if Clare Bronfman is paying others legal bills. A threat to stop paying could prevent someone from cooperating with the authorities I would think. Could that be a form of witness intimation?

    With so many lawyers the billable hours have to be sky high each week so it brings into question how are their bills getting paid.

    With the Feds having to bring in extra staff to go through all the materials they have in this case, it would make sense that the lawyers are having to do the same thing. Everytime a paralegal touches a paper, reads an email, has a phone conversation, goes to court/staff meeting – its a lot of cha-chings.

    • She had to put up a fund beforehand. Wo their expenses are covered for the foreseeable future. But let us be honest. She had been in a tough spot as she supported or even financed these actions. The only way to keep her former cultists loyal was the way the Mafia does it. Pay for the legal fees and take care of their families.
      If she had let them down they would prepare for a long time in jail and try to make a deal. As long as there is hope they might not do it.

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