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December 4, 2008 11:16 AM

Paul Weiss Staff Attorney Slain in S&M Scandal

Posted by Brian Baxter

A staff attorney from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison was killed on Monday night while visiting his girlfriend in Philadelphia.

Anthony Ottaviano, 40, was returning from dinner with Edythe Maa, a part-time dominatrix, when a former client of hers confronted the couple in the parking garage of Maa's apartment building.

Maa, whom The New York Post describes as a "brilliant Ivy League stunner who moonlights as a dominatrix," was kidnapped by her former client, who had allegedly been stalking her for months, but not before Ottaviano was fatally shot in the chest. (Maa was later released unharmed.)

When Philadelphia police closed in on the accused murderer, 42-year-old David Krieg of West Chester, Pa., the suspect killed himself.

Ottaviano, who started at Paul Weiss in September 2006, also worked on the trial team from the firm that represented Citigroup when it won a $364.2 million damages award against Parmalat in a New Jersey court in October.

John "Jack" Baughman, a leading litigator for Paul Weiss during the trial, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Ottaviano was "caring, honest, and hard-working."

"People really liked him," Baughman told the newspaper. "He's really going to be missed."

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