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Former LeClairRyan general counsel pleads guilty to obstructing probe of financial misconduct

July 23, 2021

The former general counsel for the defunct law firm LeClairRyan has pleaded guilty to obstructing an official proceeding for trying to thwart an investigation into his misconduct as a bankruptcy trustee.

Disbarred lawyer Bruce Matson, 64, made false statements to the Department of Justice’s U.S. Trustee Program in 2019 when he was asked about misappropriating funds as the liquidation trustee in the bankruptcy of the LandAmerica Financial Group, according to a press release announcing the guilty plea Thursday.

Law360, Bloomberg Law and the Richmond Times-Dispatch have coverage; the plea agreement’s statement of facts is here.

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