It's not every day a witness testifying on Capitol Hill invokes the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. But that's what IRS official Lois Lerner did this morning at the advice of her attorney, William Taylor III, a Zuckerman Spaeder white-collar defense partner in Washington.
"I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws," Lerner said in her opening statement to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Seated directly behind Lerner was Taylor, a founding partner of Zuckerman Spaeder. Taylor is no stranger to headline-grabbing cases. His client list includes prominent names such as Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund accused of sexual assault; Kenneth Langone, the former chair of the New York Stock Exchange, and William Welch II, the former U.S. Department of Justice official investigated for prosecutorial misconduct in Ted Stevens case.