Dear Ms. Carolyn Thompson:
Thank you for reaching out. I represent T. Florian Jaeger and Chigusa Kurumada. I am sorry that I was unable to return your call on Friday but I was in court. I see your story ran without comment.
If you write about this story in the future, I would appreciate the opportunity to respond on my clients’ behalf. The recent letter by Celeste Kidd and Steven Piantadosi is part of a sustained effort by a small group of Professor Florian Jaeger’s former colleagues to further a largely disproven narrative. Those former colleagues are currently suing the University of Rochester, and are pushing this narrative in an attempt to facilitate their legal case.
Three separate investigations have found that Professor Jaeger did not violate any laws or regulations. He engaged in four consensual relationships when he first arrived at the University more than 10 years ago. He was 30 years old, just completed his post graduate work and the youngest faculty member in his department. None of the women have ever characterized their relationships as anything but consensual, though several have criticized the complainants’ distorted portrayal of their relationships.
Steven V. Modica, Esq., principal of Modica Law Firm, served as Moderator for a Continuing Legal Education [“CLE”] Program co-sponsored by the Ethics Committee of the Monroe County Bar Association. The program, entitled My Firm Got Hacked & Taken Hostage: Anatomy of a Cyberhacking, featured a local lawyer whose firm was hacked and representatives from law enforcement who investigate and prosecute cyber criminals.
Steve Modica, founding partner of Modica Law Firm, addressed a meeting of the Paralegal Association of Rochester [“PAR”]. He provided practical information for paralegals on several topics including Social Security Disability, Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury lawsuits and wage and hour laws.