David Corazza, 47, was the very image of the international jet-setting lawyer with postings highlighting his Harvard education, offices in cities around the world, and even photos with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. The problem is that this Harvard-trained lawyer was neither a graduate of Harvard or a lawyer. Indeed, he does not even appear to be named Corazza.
Corazza has been arrested for acting as a lawyer and taking thousands of dollars from clients, including at least two clients for thousands of dollars in legal fees for work never performed. He is accusing of using the relationship to steal their personal information to buy things.
Police say that Corazza is just one of eight known aliases. What is different about this case is the extent to which Corazza marketed himself with slick photos on his website and social media sites. The website for the Law Offices of David Corazza reportedly claimed offices in Boston, New York City and London. It says that Corazza specializes in corporate, financial and entertainment law “with a solid background of accomplishments in finance, corporation structure and dispute resolution.” He also represents that his firm has “numerous talented lawyers.” By the way, a LinkedIn page reportedly said that he also had two stints in the U.S. Army, in Special Forces, Black Ops — making him the most interesting man in the world.
The details that he offers with the slick photos is amazing:
Utilized a tangible background to conduct negotiations and generate contracts with unions at favorable rates for clients. Has performed, negotiations, budgeting and scheduling for various productions and is able to maximize the available budget by recognizing and cutting unnecessary costs. Worked on such shows as – The Sopranos, Entourage and Oz. Supervised staff of from 10 to 50. Found individual strengths and utilized them for the company‘s benefit. Was instrumental in increasing corporate revenues and profitability during years of rapid expansion. Highly skillful in creating and making presentations, entertaining potential clients and forging strategic relationships.
Has overseen all details regarding financial planning and matters of credit, for businesses and high net worth individuals.
As Vice President in Charge of Finance at PAGE ONE, an investment banking firm in Los Angeles, he spearheaded projects to prepare companies in a wide variety of industries to go public. Provided analysis on IPOs, utilized his established relationships with Wall Street investment banks and ensured compliance with legal and financial statutes. Additionally attracted new clients to the firm by making presentations and offering timely, cost-effective service.
He appears to have little concern in listing so many contacts that could easily contradict his account. Indeed, reporters have said that when they called telephone numbers from the site, they were told no such attorney worked there. This is different from other unauthorized practice cases that we have discussed where some guy approached folks outside of a courthouse. If the allegations are correct, this is pathological but also incredibly painstaking in its details.