A new investigation has been opened into whether disbarred Los Angeles attorney Tom Girardi escaped discipline for deceiving his clients by offering investigators private jet rides, wine-soaked lunches and parties in Las Vegas while siphoning off millions of customers.
On Monday, the California State Bar said its investigation “will identify the actions of anyone with ties to the state bar that may constitute an offense in the manner in which the complaints against Girardi were handled.”
Girardi made headlines in December 2020, when a federal judge froze his assets, saying he had “embezzled at least $2 million” intended for the families of those killed in the Lion Flight 610 crash. Air in Indonesia to fund his glitzy Hollywood lifestyle. .
The allegations were made a month before his ex-wife, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, filed for divorce – which many took as a ploy to preserve the former multi-millionaires’ remaining assets.
Girardi – who once had a fortune valued at $264 million – was the subject of more than 100 lawsuits and multiple complaints filed with the California State Bar by disgruntled clients who accused him of theft, according to a New York Times survey. .
As part of the investigation, it was revealed he was offering officials private plane rides, wine-soaked lunches, Las Vegas parties and free legal representation at a time when he was accused of having siphoned off customer settlement money and other unethical behavior. Reported by the Times of Angeles.
Girardi, who was disbarred in August 2021, has not practiced law since December 2020. Earlier that year he was diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease – both characterized as “major neurocognitive disorders”.
Girardi is currently under investigation amid accusations that he ’embezzled at least $2 million’ intended for the families of those killed in the Lion Air Flight 610 crash in Indonesia. On Monday, the California State Bar launched a new investigation into whether the disgraced legal titan offered wine-soaked lunches and other perks to investigators to turn a blind eye to wrongdoing. Pictured: Girardi and his ex-wife Erika Jayne pictured in 2016 above
Girardi, who regularly appeared on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alongside his now-estranged wife Erika Jayne, was disbarred in August 2021 and hasn’t practiced law since December 2020. Earlier that same year he was diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease – both labeled as ‘major neurocognitive disorders’
On Monday, the California State Bar announced an additional investigation into Girardi, which is being handled by an outside law firm, which will attempt “to identify the actions of anyone with ties to the state bar. which could amount to a misdemeanor in the way the disciplinary complaints against Girardi were handled.
In September, the state bar retained the law firm Halpern May Ybarra Gelberg to conduct the investigation.
“The leadership and staff of the State Bar Board of Trustees take very seriously the immense harm caused by Thomas Girardi to innocent victims,” said Ruben Duran, Chairman of the State Bar Board of Trustees, in the statement, adding that details of the investigation should remain confidential. respect the law and give this investigation the best chance of success. “Notice our words: We will go where the evidence takes us.”
The decision to release the investigation comes as Sacramento lawmakers prepare the annual bill that sets dues, which make up a large part of the agency’s funding, the Los Angeles Times reported.
For years, Girardi had a highly respected reputation as a legal titan. He has a record of earning billions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies, automakers and polluters on behalf of hurt and defrauded customers.
His historic career victory was winning an environmental pollution lawsuit on behalf of residents of the town of Hinkley in the Mojave Desert against Pacific Gas & Electric over contaminated drinking water that caused cancer and other illnesses, and resulted in a $333 million settlement. This case inspired the Oscar-winning film “Erin Brockovich” in 2000 with Julie Roberts.
But with that came a lifestyle of luxury, and Girardi was known for throwing extravagant parties and Super Bowl parties with performances by Jay Leno, Burt Bacharach, LeeAnn Rimes and Penn & Teller.
Girardi – who was last seen in public on August 3 last year with a huge bruise under his eye – was placed in the care of his younger brother Rober who presented his first petition in February.
Tom Girardi’s ex-wife Erika Jayne has repeatedly denied knowledge of her Girardi’s wrongdoings, but other Housewives stars reportedly said they knew about the scandal
In August, DailyMail.com revealed that Girardi now lives in a retirement home in Burbank, Calif., after saying goodbye to living lavishly in his $13 million mansion in Pasadena.
In June, Robert was appointed permanent custodian of his estate and person after being diagnosed with dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, both of which are classified as “major neurocognitive disorders”.
His estranged wife, Erika Jayne, has repeatedly denied knowledge of her Girardi’s wrongdoings, but other Housewives stars have reportedly said they know about the scandal.
Camille Grammer claimed to have heard about her and Girardi’s financial struggles at Andy Cohen’s baby shower in 2019, page 6 reported.
Reality TV star Bethenny Frankel has called Girardi’s misfortunes Los Angeles’ “worst-kept secret”, claiming he owes her late ex-boyfriend Dennis Shields $500,000.
According to Page Six, Jayne remained silent when asked about Giradi’s comments.
In August last year, DailyMail.com revealed that Girardi was now living in a retirement home in Burbank, California, after saying goodbye to living lavishly in his $13 million mansion in Pasadena.
The price for Belmont Village Senior Living in Burbank would be between $4,545 and $4,750 per month for a private suite.
The property has staff available 24/7 and offers meals prepared by a community chef with 24 daily meal choices.
The cost of the facility depends on the type of room and level of care required.
Girardi’s move to the care facility follows Jayne’s claims that she received death threats after claiming she spent $25 million from Girardi’s law firm on credit card purchases and in charge for her glam team.
Lawyers for the trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of the Girardi Keese company allege the company transferred the money to Jayne’s EJ Global LLC, according to a letter they sent to her attorney.
The letter will be filed with the bankruptcy court as part of the legal process, a source told the outlet.
Jayne had said on an episode of RHOBH that in August that the family members of the plane crash victims in Indonesia “have their due”, but she was unaware that Girardi had given her $20 million in loans from his law firm.
In July, a judge ruled that Jayne may have to pay three other Girardi clients whom he allegedly embezzled $11 million from his own pocket.
That same month, the former couple reduced the price of their Pasadena home from $13 million to $9.98 million.