Dirty Laundry


"I make my living off the Evening News
Just give me something-something I can use
People love it when you lose,
They love dirty laundry

Well, I coulda been [a real lawyer, but] I wound up here
I just have to look good, I don't have to be clear
Come and whisper in my ear
Give us [traffic tickets to defend]

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em all around

We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
Comes on at five
She can tell you 'bout the plane crash with a gleam
In her eye
It's interesting when people die-
Give us dirty laundry

Can we film the operation?
Is the head dead yet?
You know, the boys in the newsroom got a
Running bet
Get the widow on the set!
We need dirty laundry

You don't really need to find out what's going on
You don't really want to know just how far it's gone
Just leave well enough love
Eat your dirty laundry

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down

Kick 'em when they're up
Kick 'em when they're down
Kick 'em when they're stiff
Kick 'em all around

We can do "The Innuendo"
We can dance and sing
When it's said and done we haven't told you a thing
We all know that Crap is King
Give us dirty laundry!"

-Don Henley, Dirty Laundry


It is important to be courageous, to be moral, and to be honest. Always.

I recommend to Rumpole that he read the second most important book ever written. Because it is clear to me, that he has not.

Who is Bernardo Roman III (I confess here and now: if you have a "III" or a "IV" after your name, I think automatically you have had every door opened for you, you have underachieved, you have been dipping into your trust fund, and you have a big inferiority complex that is not undeserved. But that's all on me because I got nothing and for all I know, a "III" or a "IV" means res ipsa loquitor that you are a rocket scientist who stands 6 feet tall with wavy locks and a big unit.)

Anyhoo - Bernie has to be a big hitter. Right? So I looked. And nothing. No website. No published opinions. Nothing came up under his name when I googled him, and yet he holds himself out as an appellate attorney and criminal law guy. Nada. I mean, for a guy admittted to practice since 1994 and with his offices at 1250 SW 27th Ave Ste 506, according to the Florida Bar website which is a public record and available to all, like me you'd think he would not be beholden to one huge client and willing to say or do anything against anyone in a civil lawsuit regardless of the lack of supportable evidence, in order to reap huge fees and pay his bills. Right?

Check out this opinion from the Third District Court of appeal, regarding Bernie.

"Miccosukee officer and Tribal counsel, Bernardo Roman III, for reasons
mystifying to us — plaintiffs’ counsel made clear in these post-judgment
proceedings he is pursuing theories he believes would make the Tribe liable to
satisfy the judgment as well — supplied plaintiffs’ counsel with copies of checks drawn on the Miccosukee Tribe General Account payable to Lewis Tein, PL, ...in defense of Tammy Gwen Billie and Jimmie Bert in the Bermudez wrongful death and personal injury litigation, from May 2005 through April 2010. At oral argument on this petition, Mr. Roman represented that the Miccosukee Tribe had duly authorized him, as their counsel, to deliver the checks to plaintiffs’ counsel and that indeed, the Tribe itself paid Lewis Tein, PL’s, fees and costs for the defense of Tammy Gwen Billie and Jimmie Bert. In sharp contrast to Mr. Roman’s representations, Lewis Tein, PL, has placed in the record the affidavits of Interim Miccosukee Tribe Chairman (1989-2009), Billy Cypress, 5 and former Miccosukee Tribe Accounting Supervisor/Finance Officer (1990- 2009), Julio Martinez, averring that Tammy Billie and Jimmie Bert, together with his wife, Louise Bert, “were solely responsible for Lewis Tein’s legal fees,” and “[i]n all cases, those payments were either (a) charged against their distributions on a current basis, or (b) loans from the Tribe to them against future distributions.”

Mr. Roman has made plain that his duly authorized act of providing the checks to plaintiffs’ counsel was intended to influence ongoing litigation in our state courts. With the Tribe’s blessing, he has elected to insert himself into the post-judgment discovery contretemps between the parties and their counsel. An election to participate in litigation is not a one-way street. Mr. Roman cannot seek to participate in or influence litigation in another sovereign entity, the State of Florida, then retreat into his own sovereign when it suits him."

Now I see. Sole practitioner, practicing less than 20 years. Huge client. Big pay day in the balance. And, according to the Third DCA, a penchant for "influencing litigation" and "participating" then "retreating." Where I grew up, we called that a sucker punch.

I guess Yale Galanter was right.

N.B. Be honest, be fair, be strong, be wise. Happy July IV!


  1. Never mind. didn't see the link . Puerile trash.

  2. I read the lawsuit over on Rump's blog, and the allegations against the lawyers seem sensational and without much legal basis (but you already knew I would think that).

    You have to have a rock solid case to prove up civil RICO allegations, and even then you have to really know what you are doing.

  3. You are either Mike Tein or you work for Lewis, Tein! They are clearly the most unethical lawyers in town and this is only one of many examples of their actions.

  4. SFL, I know you didn't write the post, but you are too good to allow your blog to be used to criticize Rumpole for posting about this - come on, even you are not okay with L&T purportedly charging $2,000.00 per hour...those rates are well above silk stocking NY Firms:

    "Leading attorneys in the U.S. are asking as much as $1,250 an hour, significantly more than in previous years, taking advantage of big clients' willingness to pay top dollar for certain types of services.

    A few pioneers had raised their fees to more than $1,000 an hour about five years ago, at the peak of the economic boom. But after the recession hit, many of the rest of the industry's elite were hesitant, until recently, to charge more than $990 an hour.

    While companies have cut legal budgets and continue to push for hourly discounts and capped-fee deals with their law firms, many of them have shown they won't skimp on some kinds of legal advice, especially in high-stakes situations or when they think a star attorney might resolve their problem faster and more efficiently than a lesser-known talent.

    Harvey Miller, a bankruptcy partner at New York-based Weil, Gotshal & Manges, said his firm had an "artificial constraint" limiting top partners' hourly fee because "$1,000 an hour is a lot of money." It got rid of the cap after studying filings that showed other lawyers surpassing that barrier by about $50."


  5. Should we skip over the part dealing with the disturbing allegations?

  6. When you quote Yale Galanter, you are in real trouble!

  7. Guest Blogger has a well-known point of view when it comes to Rumpy, so that comes with the territory.

    Also, Rump seems to not mind very much, and if he had a problem with any post on this blog I would certainly respect his wishes and do something about it.

    On the lawsuit, the allegations are serious and need to be treated seriously. A possible sign in that regard lies in the fact that -- while Dexter couldn't resist rising to his own defense in the Herald article -- L&T had no comment.

  8. Something,tells me there will ne a defense shouted.....is the website back up?

  9. To 2:01 pm on July 4.

    Your comment is silly and pathetic.

    You suggest:

    1. SFL should censor his blog content, presumably to prevent a position to which you do not agree.

    2. Rumpole should not be "criticized" for posting a one sided hatchet job that omits key facts and is part of his campaign to anonymously disparage lawyers of whom he is jealous.

    3. you buy into this paranoid conspiracy theory of a complaint that to those of us on the outside looking in, seems weird, unsupportable, destined for failure in federal court, and filed solely for internal poliical reasons.

    So stop being a sissy coward. So tiresome to see another lawyer who thinks they can throw a haymaker and then whine when they get knocked on their ass. Strap in up and step in the ring. Stop whining.

    At least Rumpole took the counter-point to his post without lailing about. See? I said something nice about Rumpole.

    And I aint mike tein nor do I work for lewis tein.

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  11. Wow - this was spot on . Where are all the gutless cowardly commenters ?

  12. "Bernie" - EXTREMELY questionable practice of law.

  13. Bernie go bye bye to jail. Poor tattoo.


    I bet there is no senior, junior, 1 or 2.

    Roman is a fraud.

  14. Judge Cooke no likee


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