Thursday, September 22, 2011

Judge Seitz Spares Robert Ingham Further Sanctions.



In the very long saga of Fort Lauderdale attorney Robert Ingham's doomed representation of MCS against Essent Healthcare, Judge Seitz has elected to not award Essent the $87k in fees recommended by Magistrate Judge O'Sullivan as an additional sanction for vexatious litigation conduct.

Judge Seitz' order is instructive and worth quoting at length:
Considering all of the record evidence, the Court believes the proper exercise of both restraint and discretion requires no monetary sanctions against lngham under the Court's inherent powers or section 1927. While not awarding monetary sanctions, the record reflects that the questionable litigation tactics Ingham employed during the course of this litigation have resulted in adverse consequences to him . The Court referred Ingham to The Florida Bar for a psychological and competency evaluation because his conduct evidenced a fundamental incompetence and questionable connection with reality that can best be addressed through the pending discipline process. The Court also referred him to the Chief Judge of this Court and the peer review committee to determine whether Ingham should be removed from the Bar of the Southern District of Florida. MCS terminated lngham and filed a complaint with The Florida Bar against him. And while the words of this Order might not constitute a formal sanction, harsh words that reflect adversely on a lawyer's professionalism always should be treated as a form of punishment for attorney misconduct.
Can't argue with that.

24 comments:

Anonymous said...

What did he do wrong???

Anonymous said...

There is so much, it is not even possible to list all of it on one page. The sparing of financial sanctions was only because Judge Seitz believed that her direct request for him to be prohibited to practice within the southern district and further evaluated for disbarment was such a drastic sanction on itself which would impact his career that additional financial sanctions were not necessary.

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if there has been any follow-up re Ingham's bar status?

xlpharmacy said...

Robert is a lucky guy, because I'm sure even his family was waiting for a more several punishment, so he must be happy.

Anonymous said...

He is a junky loser. Lies about everything and shouldn't be used to represent a J walker.

Anonymous said...

Your comment shows you are an ASSHOLE. I followed the case and believe he was about to uncover the corrupt legal system and payoffs

Anonymous said...

He is extremely dysfunctional. Could be drug related or mental illness. He should be disbar other wise there will be more victims.

Donna said...

He is not right in the head. He does not have his clients best interest at all, only money.Disbarring him would be a service to any future victims.

Cristy Corona said...

Victims? Should i not trust robert? He is about to be in charge of my forclosure case . What did he do wrong? I Dont want to pay what he is asking if no one trusts him

Cristy Corona said...

He is now in charge of my case what did he do wrong? Why does everyone hate him?

Anonymous said...

It's really sad how people can spread such negativity to ruin someone's name without knowing the full details. Why don't you see the link below to see Ingham's response to Seitz's threat of sanctions, and keep in mind that the judge's complaint was withdrawn by her, and no sanctions were ever issued whatsoever. At least Ingham is brave enough to stand up to a judge and fight for his clients.

http://www.communitytrustnetwork.org/ingham_seitz_response.pdf

See the facts for yourself....

Anonymous said...

Robert Ingham must disbar from his license, he is worst than thief. the thief stealing because hungry or maybe for feeding their family. Robert Ingham steal because his mentally sick.Bipolar disorder, also known as bipolar effective disorder, manic-depressive disorder, or manic depression, is a mental illness classified by psychiatrists as a mood disorder. Individuals with bipolar disorder experience episodes of a frenzied mood known as mania alternating with episodes of depression.THIS SICKNESS CAN'T BE CURE

Anonymous said...

Cristy Corona,
HAVE YOU EVER TALK TO ROBERT?
ONCE YOU PAY OFF YOU PAYMENT, I BET HE WILL NEVER TALK TO YOU AGAIN!

Anonymous said...

he is nothing but a thief , he just take the money and do nothing to help me, not even want to talk to me, he is a thief and hungry for money, all he do just take the money and doesn't care about you at all, he need to be punished for all he done to me and my kids and to other people

Anonymous said...

Cristy if Robert is handling your foreclosure case get ready to lose the house... he is a terrible lawyer. He will take your money and do nothing. Do some research on the foreclosure cases that he has taken...he has lost all of them. Start packing or switch attorney right away.

Anonymous said...

You are right Donna....worst than Rihana's song...."all I see is signs...all I see is dollars signs"! $$$$.

Anonymous said...

1) does not return phone calls
2) often voice mail is full
3) rarely returns emails
4) rarely returns txt messages
5) Office address and phone numbers change often.
During MCS's case against Essent the client (Raphael Bauch, owner of MCS) that sued Robert Ingham, was working as Inghams Office Manager again, while he was a client of Ingham. As manager Raphael advised other clients and worked out of Ingham's office in Miami. That's why Raphael had a parking assigned to him at the office of Ingham, not because he was there so much as a client. Neither Raphael or Ingham shared this information with the judge. In the actual suit, it states Raphael was there so often visiting Ingham, that he was given assigned a space at the Miami parking garage of Ingham's office...

Anonymous said...

This is a lie... See link P#18 Regarding parking: copied below, final sentence.

http://www.communitytrustnetwork.org/ingham_seitz_response.pdf

18. At all times during Robert’s representation in the Essent case he maintained open and
accessible lines of communication with both Baruch and Kara Atchison keeping them fully
informed regarding the status of the case, all developments, including the offer of settlement,
were promptly and effectively communicated to the client Not only did Ingham confer
telephonically with Mr. Baruch and/or Ms. Atchison at least 1-2 hours a day during the
workweek but as well as every weekend for the past year and a half. Further, Ingham informed
and kept its former clients abreast by sending on average 3-4 emails a day on average, to wit:
said emails contained proposed drafts of pleadings before same were filed, correspondence
between the party litigants, etc. In order to accommodate Mr. Baruch, Ingham provided him with
an assigned parking space at his office building because he would often appear unannounced.
several times a week.

Anonymous said...

Again, referring to this same link, if you scroll down near the end of this response, you will see Exhibit K and immediately following this exhibit the first email is from CLIENT/RAPHAEL and he is writing to his Council ROBERT INGHAM if you notice the email, is from RAPHAEL@InghamPA.COM TO Robert.Ingham@InghamPA.com

Now, in all fairness to Robert, Raphael is an ASSHOLE! Plain and simple. The case was lost because he played attorney. Just from reading the email you can see he is a narcissistic BITCH! Having said that, Robert cannot be overly bright to have is narcissistic BITCH client as his office manager! Couple of, LOOSERS!!


http://www.communitytrustnetwork.org/ingham_seitz_response.pdf

Anonymous said...

Oh, and how bright is Robert to enter the email into evidence? Guess no one noticed Raphael had his own personal email address since he was such a tenacious client and showed up a few times a week unannounced! Right Robert, we all believe you, Good one! SMART!!! LOOSER!!!

Anonymous said...

I had no problem with Robert Ingham. He is, a great lawyer and I have recommended him to many others and they were all satisfied. I

Anonymous said...

I had no problem with Robert Ingham. He is, a great lawyer and I have recommended him to many others and they were all satisfied. I

Anonymous said...

I just found out this page and I am surprised by its content so let me set the record straight…
Robert screwed up our case because he had a range of personal problems and ended up misleading us and his co-counsels on what he had done or was supposed to have done on this case. The case at issue here was a large federal case and we were forced to withdrew from it on the eve of trial based on Ingham’s co-counsels (and best friends until then) recommendations as they discovered that Robert had failed to file any damage report as requested by the Court – Judge Seitz had argued with Robert that his filing was inaccurate and needed to be amended which he simply refused to do.
Without having filed a damage report, our case was limited to a symbolic dollar while we were liable for all of the Defendant’s legal cost which were at that time in excess of $2,000,000 and expected to accrue substantially with the actual trial. Although the Defendant made at least two settlement offers and one walk-away offer, we were only made aware of the first one – which we rejected - while the others were only disclosed to us after the facts by his co-counsels.
A week before trial, his co-counsels contacted us by email as they did not have our phone number to inform us of the issues and the additional sanctions the Court was considering based on Ingham lack of candor to the court, lack of professionalism with the opposing counsels and his failure to comply with Court orders or to appear at hearings. Having witnessed the increasingly strange behavior of Robert for the last few months, we choose to follow their advices.
In his defense, Robert was also facing a powerful Defendant who hired the biggest and nastiest defense team possible whom flooded him with discovery, motions and interferences. While we spend about $120,000 to pursue this case with Robert and his 2 co-counsels, the defendant spent in excess of $2,000,000 with more than 20 lawyers and 15 paralegals on the case. Although he thought he could, Robert simply could not match their harassing tactics and I attribute his failure and lies to a combination of the above and the personal stress he was enduring at the same time.
His abnormal behavior ranged from mood swings, disappearance for days, failure to show up, to respond to emails or texts, recurring lies etc… In addition to the stress of such a large case, Robert was also enduring a range personal issues related to his migraines, his financial disarray, his foreclosure but also the issues of his ex, his sister and his parent financial issues and other financial problems we were not aware of at the time.
Finally, in 2010, and about a year prior to the 2011 debacle, I did worked for his firm to prepare about 700 liens and cases for one of his clients who owned a title agency. His ex, who was his associate at the time and who claimed under oath to never have met me at the office or worked with me, notarized hundreds of registered liens bearing my signature over a period of two months (early 2011). The Raphael@InghamPA.com was set by Robert during that period for that purpose. This work was done under contract and was invoiced accordingly – although never paid by his firm.
Although I could have placed a claim against both of them for documented perjury, or file a powerful malpractice lawsuit against him, I felt like Judge Seitz that he had had enough punishment and left him to his misery!
Contrary to what some of you may think, I really hope he got his act back together as he was a good guy and actually my friend before his breakdown.
Raphael
Justice is not fair, it is often bought…

Anonymous said...

While working for InghamPA, I never advised his client and never had an assigned parking space - I primarily worked from my home office on the liens and NEVER worked out of Ingham's office. Toward the end, I did go on a regular basis to Robert's office for the sole purpose of finding him as he was not responding to calls, texts or email.

Raphael