Lawyer: Majority of RRA Attorneys Not Crooks!

Ok, let me start with a few congrats -- Manny Diaz is going to join Richard Lydecker's insurance defense firm, and Marcos Jimenez is leaving Mike Nachwalter's firm to join the Miami office of Kasowitz Benson.

I'm usually leery of out-of-state big firms setting up offices in Miami, but this one has a lot of potential:
Jimenez joins former Akerman partners Lawrence D. Silverman, Scott B. Cosgrove and James G. Sammataro, and former Clarke Silverglate & Campbell partners Kelly Luther and Maria Ruiz. Silverman oversaw Akerman’s Miami litigation department and the firm’s antitrust practice group.
That's a powerhouse crew -- good luck!

Meanwhile, it turns out only 35 RRA lawyers are being investigated by the Bar:

The Florida Bar is investigating at least 35 former senior lawyers in the now-bankrupt Fort Lauderdale law firm headed by Scott Rothstein, who was disbarred before he was criminally charged last month with using the firm to run a $1.2 billion investment racket.

The Bar confirmed to The Miami Herald Wednesday that it is examining whether those members of the former firm -- Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler -- lied about the amount of money in client trust accounts and whether they stole any of it.

According to Howard Greitzer, however, the majority of RRA attorneys did nothing illegal:
``There has been no determination of wrongdoing,'' Greitzer said. ``The majority of the lawyers that I am familiar with from RRA were hard-working, competent colleagues who did nothing illegal, inappropriate or unethical.''
I agree with Howard -- in fact, if you can get a simple majority on something like that you've got yourself a pretty good law firm.


  1. 35 out of 70 is a majority, SFL.

    1. 36 actually. Just saying

  2. John B. Thompson, J.D.

    5721 Riviera Drive

    Coral Gables, Florida 33146


    January 14, 2010

    The Honorable William Newton Shepherd

    Florida Statewide Prosecutor

    1515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 900

    West Palm Beach, Florida 33401 Via Fax 561-837-5107 and


    The Honorable William McCollum

    Florida Attorney General

    C/o Correspondence Section

    400 S Monroe St Ste PL-01
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399-6536 Via Fax 850-410-1630

    “Sometimes money is not the root of the evil; sometimes it’s sex.”

    Dear Mr. Newton and Attorney General McCollum:

    I have just learned from a source within The Bar that apparently one reason why no criminal prosecution arose in the Miami Fire Fee case is a sexual affair between someone in the State Attorney’s Office and one of the key co-conspirators in what the Third District called this criminal scheme to defraud the taxpayers of Miami.

    King David committed adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. The affair crippled the nation of Israel. Bill Clinton “did not have sexual relations with that woman,” although his cigar nearly ended his Presidency. They didn’t call it Miami Vice for nothing.

    Money, sex, and power. The Statewide Grand Jury which is tasked with getting to the bottom of South Florida corruption can’t just “follow the money.” It must also follow the sex. Oscar Wilde said it all: “Sexual intercourse--the pleasure is fleeting, the positions are preposterous, and the costs are exceedingly high."

    Proceed. I’ve got the dirt.

    Regards, Jack Thompson

  3. @11:56

    Please disappear already.

    As for Kasowitz, the New York office has a great crew - nice to see them expanding down here.

  4. stupidity speaks for itself

  5. On a different note: rescante en pace Tew Cardenas m. 1988-2010

  6. @1:53

    What happened?

  7. John B. Thompson, J.D.

    5721 Riviera Drive

    Coral Gables, Florida 33146


    January 14, 2010

    The Honorable Jeffrey Sloman

    United States Attorney, Southern District of Florida

    99 NE 4th Street

    Miami, Florida 33132 Via Fax 305-530-6444,

    Re: Criminal Deprivation of Honest Services and Racketeering by Florida Bar Officials

    Dear Mr. Sloman:

    As you know, four years ago I alerted you and then US Attorney in this Southern District of Florida, Alex Acosta, to criminal acts by The Florida Bar and its officials in deprivation of my civil rights and those of others, including the commission of a number of predicate racketeering acts and the deprivation of honest services, all violative of federal statutes.

    You personally assisted in the opening of an FBI investigation of those criminal acts, which investigation was then improperly shut down when The Bar exerted improper influence upon Mr. Acosta. An FBI Agent testified to that pressure.

    Now, this week, we have seen just one of the consequences of the obstruction of that FBI investigation in the fate of Hank Adorno.

    Politically-wired attorney Hank Adorno was found in 2007 by Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals to have orchestrated a scheme to defraud the taxpayers of Miami in what is known as the fire fee case. This week, a Broward Judge, improperly sitting as the Bar Referee in Adorno’s disciplinary trial (Florida Supreme Court Rules prohibit anyone other than an Eleventh Circuit Judge from doing so) ignored the Third DCA and found that Adorno’s breach of fiduciary duty was “inadvertent” and gave Adorno a mere reprimand when disbarment is mandated by The Bar’s own sanctions guidelines. Trust me. I happen to know what they are.

    A review of The Bar’s complaint against and prosecution of Adorno shows that it intentionally laid down in the case.

    At Adorno’s sanctions hearing this week, there was a parade of character witnesses for Hank. One was former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero. His testifying violates both Judicial Canons and lawyer ethics, as he was at the Adorno & Yoss firm when this rip-off was hatched, and he was on the Court when Adorno appealed the Third DCA affirmance of the settlement set aside.

    Then we saw the President of Greenberg Traurig show up by affidavit for Adorno, apparently afraid to be a live witness because he could then be cross-examined, although those cross-examining him would be the Bar prosecutors who had already laid down. Greenberg Traurig is The Bar’s outside counsel (!) which receives millions of dollars from The Bar to protect its disciplinary processes. The Bar could have told its counsel not to help a Bar respondent defeat the discipline it was seeking. More proof that the fix was in.

  8. The Bar also had (now this is downright funny) Sandy Bohrer testify for Hank, and Sandy said he was there because when he read the Third DCA ruling he knew he had to help Hank because, hey, “such a ruling in a class action case hurts my business.” In other words, the always clever Sandy Bohrer impeached his own testimony by stating he had and has a financial interest in the outcome of this matter. Of course, you know what Bohrer did in the Guy Gannett Publishing matter back in 1988.

    Finally, although not exhaustively, a mole within The Bar tells me that criminal prosecutions were not brought by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney against these fire fee freaks because of an adulterous affair between a prosecutor in that office and a person who was one of the key co-conspirators who would have been charged. Sometimes you have to follow the money; sometimes you have to follow the sex.

    The judge who improperly chose Broward Circuit Court Judge Jack Tuter to be Adorno’s referee, who then slapped Adorno on the wrist, which was The Bar plan all along, was Vic Tobin. I like Vic, but he’s taken money from Scott Rothstein, sent out an e-mail asking Broward judges to cut Rothstein’s firm’s lawyers breaks, and this judge is going to preside over the Statewide Grand Jury to look into South Florida corruption? I don’t think so. That grand jury is a joke as it now stands. Tobin is now tied to the Adorno whitewash.

    As you know, and as you recently proved with the federal Rothstein indictment, ferreting out state governmental corruption is historically the job of the feds. You could ask Spiro Agnew about that, but he’s gone to the Huey Long Banquet Hall in Hell.

    It is incumbent upon you, United States Attorney Jeffrey Sloman, to bring the above and related matters before a federal grand jury. Scott Rothstein is the tip of the iceberg as to governmental corruption in South Florida, as the Adorno events of this week prove. And much of the iceberg that is below the water line is the corrupt and corrupting Florida Bar.

    The Florida Bar, as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Douglas warned, has become a protection racket that will go so far to protect someone like Adorno that it will subvert real judicial courts like a Miami-Dade Circuit Court and the Third District Court of Appeal to do it. It is so bad, as indicated above, that Raoul Cantero was until recently on the Florida Supreme Court and the leading voice on that Court as the Chair of the Professionalism Committee of The Bar calling for a draconian crackdown on unethical, unprofessional conduct by lawyers. If Cantero were to put his rhetoric ahead of his personal and power relationship with Adorno, he would have been in Tuter’s courtroom calling for Adorno’s disbarment. But, no, there was this offspring of the Batista regime standing with corruption, fraud, and perjury.

    But, hey, this is Miami. The rules are different here, as the tourism ad campaign from the 1970s said. They sure are. There are no rules.

    Mr. Sloman, if you cannot or will not put the above before a federal grand jury, then please tell Attorney General Eric Holder that you need a special federal prosecutor to sort this out.

    The Adorno abortion proves how bad it is here. Now act.

    Personal regards, Jack Thompson

    Copies: Entire Western Hemisphere

  9. I believe that most people who goes into the profession of law have good intention; it is the financial system which renders them dishonest and greedy. Unchecked billable hours, contingency fees grooms them to develop a sense of entitlement that only after 3 years of schooling after college they deserve "$$$$Money"
    My suggestion is that the profession of law should be taught from Middle school through high school (6 years) and high school graduate then should become eligible for the bar exam. This will render the US citizens more knowledgeable of their right and create an equal level of playing field, so that justice is not based on how much we pay for the layer meter. .
    Judges also should be barred from practicing law ever! They should go to judges school to be judge.

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