Sunday, January 17, 2010

Leighton v. Leesfield Amended Complaint

Leighton Amended Complaint

Hi folks, it's a rainy Sunday and I just made a hot cortado, lit my cigar (Cohiba of course, former Judge Doyle) and sat down for a little light reading.

For me that means the Leighton Amended Complaint, which has the usual alleged tales of partnership interaction -- secret keystroke spying technology, locking your partner out of the office for two days, lack of access to finances, exorbitant alleged personal spending, funding of Hillary Clinton's campaign, dictatorial and belligerent screaming, "You work for me"......

It's really a bedtime story, or maybe a Heinrich Hoffman fairy tale.

47 comments:

  1. Wow, interesting stuff. If some of this sh** is true, Lesfield should be hiring more than a civil lawyer. Question we have to ask: why so greedy?

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  2. Shumie time for Leesfield. He's going down big time on this one. Sad sordid conduct for a Learned Hand award winner.

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  3. Can't wait for the discovery on this one. Incendiary allegations.

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  4. I'm going to enjoy watching them destroy each other. They're both scumbags.

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  5. I'm sure Ira will bring out all those nasty allegations raised by John Elliott's ex-wife. Some sick stuff in those pleadings......

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  6. 6:34, reveal your identity.

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  7. Sick allegations? Wait till the discovery...Ira L's got some real skeletons in his closet.

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  8. Hey Ira, looks like you can't buy your way out of this one for a change. But I'm sure you will try. What award are you going to buy now?

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  9. Chalk this one up to the list of big names that fall hard: Madoff, Stanford, Rothstein, Lew Freeman...is Leesfield the next name on this esteemed list? Also sounds like he violated election laws if he paid for Clinton's campaign from his office. That's like Rothstein.

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  10. Lawdawg, that's just the tip ofthe iceberg. There's a bunch of former Leesfield employees who are dying to spill. It's been a revolving door there for decades and he is so disliked that anyone who knows anything can't wait to finally talk. And talk they will.

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  11. I call Hank Adorno as a character witness!

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  12. Hank Adorno is a model of ethics next to Leesfield.

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  14. Didn't hear about Twitter but would be interested in someone hacking Leesfield's accounts and what they would find. Man, what is he hiding? Most people know already.

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  15. Leesfield you are so busted.

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  16. The legal world in Dade is abuzz about this. There is more here than meets the eye. Once the surface is scratched, there will be blood on the courthouse steps. SFL, keep up the good work.

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  17. This is silly. Leesfield, turn over your books and records. If you are clean it's over. If not, pay the piper. Everyone go back to work and stop being voyeuristic about this. I know everyone likes to stare at ugly partnership disputes, but how much dirty laundry can one city take?

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  18. Dear Chief Justices and Associate Justices and Bar President Diner:



    Past and more recent examples of the widespread corruption of The Florida Bar’s disciplinary system have brought us to what will now follow:



    I and others affiliated with me, including a large number of lawyers, hereby put you on notice that we have begun the process of decertifying The Florida Bar as a compulsory labor organization, as that decertification process is provided for under the National Labor Relations (Wagner) Act.



    Those who would assert (you may be among them) that The Florida Bar is not a “labor organization” under the NLRA quite frankly don’t know the law on this issue. Both the Lathrop and Keller cases decided by the US Supreme Court deem it such. The 1949 Florida Supreme Court Bar Integration Order is based upon the vote of its members to certify it as a labor organization. What such a vote can do it can undo. Pretty simple, really. Further, the fact that The Bar does not collect a license fee but rather collects “dues” further seals the deal. It would take a lot of space to explain the reasons for that; I’m sure somebody in Greenberg Traurig’s labor law department can it explain it to you all, at $700 an hour, and paid for by Bar members’ dues!



    I have retained expert labor law counsel, who assures us that The Bar can be decertified as a labor organization, and this is made all the easier by the fact that our Florida Constitution establishes this state as a “right to work state.” How cool is that?



    Further, the ABA’s McKay Commission, on which The Bar’s John Berry sat as one of its seven members, unanimously held that a bar structure such as Florida’s is fatally flawed as to discipline and that it would be both corrupted and corrupting. We have seen that in the Adorno case this week, as well the cover-up of Bar President-Elect Downs’ shocking ethics lapses.



    Here is how it is going to work: I have by separate letter today asked for the names and e-mail addresses, in digital format, of all members of The Bar. The Bar has previously agreed that this list is a public record and that it must be produced.



    When we get those email addresses, we will be contacting all Florida Bar members with petitions to begin the decertification process. If 30% of those voting request a vote on decertification—disintegration of the compulsory Florida Bar—then a vote must be held as a matter of federal law.



    I and others anticipate that the 30% total will be achieved, and that the subsequent 50% + 1 decertification total be achieved. Most Florida lawyers will ask themselves this question: “What has The Bar done for me lately?” Answer: Spend my dues on gay adoption, advising teens how to get abortions behind their parents’ backs, give Hank Adorno a get out of jail card, and burden us with idiotic CLE crap, just to name a few answers.



    You have no one to blame but yourselves that this moment has come. One dumb thing you did was kick me out of The Bar for being a whistle blower as to The Bar’s illegal and at times criminal activities. You forgot two things:



    Solzhenitsyn said, “Dangerous the man who has nothing to lose.” I have nothing to lose. You made sure of that.



    Don Corleone said, “Keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” You kicked me and others out of the club, thereby giving all of us the motivation to destroy the club—and for altruistic reasons no less!



    Thanks for all of that. The decertification process has begun. And, oh, if you try to stop it, a federal court will apply Lathrop, Keller, and the NLRA to stop you.



    What you all needed for years was a competent and ethical law firm. You got Greenberg Traurig instead.



    Regards, Jack Thompson

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  19. eyeonleesfield&shumieJanuary 18, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    1) JT has stopped taking his medication. He's on a real manic high- sending about 20 emails a day; threatening about 10 lawsuits a week- going real nuts.

    2) Leesfield is cooked. Put a fork in him. He's done.

    3) SHUMIE TIME ALL DAY TODAY! WOO HOO!!

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  20. You are so right about all three: JT is nuts and needs more medication...Leesfield is cooked, the fork needs to be placed soon...but the truth will not set him free. Truth is a dangerous tool in the hands of the righteous.

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  21. The "truth" is that Leesfield will do everything he can to stop people from looking into his dark little world. Want truth? look and see how much Leesfield has really "donated" to those charities he puts in his flashy newsletter. Not so much. Leighton can expect a lot of roadblocks to records. Looks like he wants to have the law firm books reviewed. That will be a battle for the ages. Leesfield will fight that to the death.

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  22. Where are Ira's defenders?

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  23. Hey 3:01...you have to have something worthy of defending. You can only buy so many "friends." When the digging really starts, watch out. You may see a big tree hit the ground in this legal forest. The question is who he will take with him when he falls.

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  24. Hmmm, maybe there was a reason why Ira got kicked off the national trial lawyers board of directors. He isn't too popular among his brethren. Looks like he backed the wrong horse in the presidential campaign too. Now someone might look at the money that got spent and the election laws. Who says politics doesn't make strange bedfellows. And for god sake, look at who his lawyer is. Dosn't that say it all? Eyeon is right on.

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  25. We're here. We're just hiding.

    Leesfield's Defenders.

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  26. Underarock...great place for the defenders to be. They crawl out occasionally to try to claim a victim, then crawl back under. Leesfield doesn't rock. Believe it.

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  27. Got to think "Leesfield's defenders" is a very small club. Same size as Rothstein's defenders...they can start a club. Same kind of life as Rothstein, and secrecy (did Rothstein even use computer spying?). Maybe made up of a judge he owns. Who does her have lunch with in front of the courthouse all the time. Same name?

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  28. Am I the only one who thought it was weird that Judge Leesfield's financial disclosure was noticeably missing from the forms when the Business Review did a story a few months ago?

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  29. Are you saying what I think you are saying? How can that be?

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  30. You can buy anything if you act like you are above the law. Look at what Rothstein did, and he wasn't even as smart as Leesfeeld.

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  31. There once was a guy named Ira
    Who thought that he could just buy ya
    but all his cash
    couldn’t get him more ass
    and now he’s saying goodbye ya

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  32. Jon's allegations are all true and have been going on for at least 25 years in that firm, surprised it took him so long to figure it out. Wait till they discover how many thousands (millions?) in personal family expenses Ira has charged to the PI clients and deducted from their settlements. I believe he is truly a pathological liar and vapid narcissist who doesn't believe he is doing (or has done) anything wrong.

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  33. Someone who once worked at Leesfield told me Ira is a scary sick dude, with a really dark edge. Does stuff with people who work there. Keeps everyone quiet out of fear. Tick tock Ira.

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  34. ["It's really a bedtime story, or maybe a Heinrich Hoffman fairy tale."]
    Well, it's a story (true one). And it does involve bedding employees. And there is a fairy part to it. Use your imagination.

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  35. You all are nuts. I love Ira.

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  36. Cynthia, stay off this board.

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  37. Is "Cynthia" a chick or a guy?

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  38. Does anyone remember Roger Blackburn, Ira's old partner? Great guy, great lawyer. Ask the folks who knew him. Got screwed. Ira ran him out of town. Really stuck it to him.

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  39. I remember lots of the lawyers who have run through that law firm. Everybody knew something smelled there. Maybe the parties should see what those lawyers have to say about all this.

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  40. What would Learned Hand have to say about about an officer of the court who cheats his partners, takes advantage of underlings, spies on co workers, buys silence and pays for campaigns and personal expenses with company dough? Gordon Gekko might say "you bro" but Judge Hand would not be happy his name is used by such a person.

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  41. Tick tock sir, tick tock.

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  42. Everyone knows Leighton and Leesfield are related? First cousins I think.

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  43. I almost overlooked something. Did you see who Leighton's lawyer is -- Robert Frankel. The highlight is the deposition that Frankel will take of this guy. Frankel is a master of disaster. He will gut Leesfield like a day old fish. Can't wait to hear how that goes.

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