October 21, 2005

Church lawyer ends varied career

Pioneer Press

Pioneer Press

Having prosecuted one of Minnesota's most notorious criminals and defended another, Bill Fallon had a long and legendary legal resume by the time he showed up for work at the Twin Cities headquarters of the Catholic Church in 1992.

But Fallon, 74, found his work as lead attorney for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis so rewarding he retired just this week.

The archdiocese "was a wonderful place to work, with wonderful people, and I just enjoyed what I was doing,'' he said. ...

Many involved employment claims or real estate issues. But he also represented the church in cases of alleged sexual abuse as early as his first month on the job and as recently as last week.

"I was interested in trying to get the truth out and to find out how serious a situation it was, and it certainly was serious,'' Fallon said. "To try and assist victims, I found quite rewarding.''

Posted by kshaw at October 21, 2005 08:56 AM