Baker McKenzie partner attacked at train station, law student jumps in to help

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By Katie King on

Now John Rowley wants to find the have-a-go hero so he can say thank you

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The search is on to find the good Samaritan law student who defended a law firm partner against a vicious train station assault.

John Rowley, a partner at Baker McKenzie’s Washington DC office, was attacked on a train platform last Friday.

The 62-year-old former prosecutor said he was approached by a group of teenagers as he was exiting a train at Gallery Place Metro. The assailants punched him, threw him to the ground and pushed him towards the direction of the tracks.

“I was just minding my own business,” Rowley told The Washington Post. “It was the last thing I expected.” Two people have now been arrested.

Rowley suffered a broken hand during the assault, but he realises things could have been far worse had an onlooker not jumped in to help. “He took some of the punches that were intended for me,” Rowley explained.

The white-collar crime expert is now on the hunt to find the man who he describes as his “hero”. “I just want to thank him,” Rowley said, “and to let people know that there are really good people out there.”

Unfortunately, Rowley didn’t catch the name of the have-a-go hero. But he does have some information that may prove pivotal: the man said he was a George Washington University Law School student. The law school, ranked 30th in the US, is about a 25-minute walk from the station where the attack took place.

Legal Cheek understands Rowley is yet to track down his aspiring lawyer saviour. But if he does… odds on Rowley offering him a spot of work experience?

Do you know the identify of the mystery law student? Contact us here.

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