Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Rocket Hurls Attanasio '87 at the Prosecution

Roger Clemens, winner of seven Cy Young Awards, is taking a break from throwing broken bats at the Mets to face a six-count indictment of perjury, making false statements and obstruction of Congress. Now ace lawyer Michael Attanasio '87 will stand beside him on the mound.

This Wilson School major and former soccer player for the U. is a partner of the Cooley law firm in San Diego. Attanasio and his firm have been closely involved with the defenses arising from the Mitchell Report, an almost two-year long investigation implicating Clemens, Miguel Tejada, Andy Pettitte, among others, in the use of performance enhancers.

Bob Bradley, coach for the U.S. national soccer team, coached Attanasio on the Princeton team in the 1980s. "Michael was very hardworking, and a guy who was committed to the team," he said. "You could see that as a player, a student and a person that he had great character and always wanted to hold himself to a high standard."

Attanasio's father Tony was an agent who represented Dave Steart, Bobby Valentine, Davey Lopes and Ichiro Suzuki.

The trial is set for April 15, 2011.