A Bankruptcy Judge Tossed Girardi Keese Trustee’s Lender Lawsuit

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At a Tuesday hearing in Los Angeles, Larry Gabriel, an attorney for Girardi Keese bankruptcy trustee Elissa Miller, implored U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barry Russell to allow him to amend his complaint against the firm’s lender. “This is too big of a case to be given one shot,” he said.

February 08, 2023 at 07:15 PM

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Amanda Bronstad

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What You Need to Know

  • The swift implosion of the trustee’s case is a substantial blow in her efforts to claw back the money stolen from Girardi’s clients.
  • The Aug. 31 lawsuit alleges California Attorney Lending II and its purported owner, Joseph DiNardo, as well as an affiliate, Counsel Financial Services LLC, had an ‘insider’ role in managing Girardi Keese’s financial affairs.
  • Tom Girardi, who appeared in court in Los Angeles on Monday, faces two indictments alleging he stole $18 million from clients.

With his lawsuit hanging by a thread, a lawyer for the Girardi Keese bankruptcy estate pleaded with the judge to allow him to amend his complaint alleging the largest lender to Tom Girardi’s law firm was complicit in his fraud.

“This is too big of a case to be given one shot,” Larry Gabriel, who represents trustee Elissa Miller, said at a hearing in Los Angeles on Tuesday. He referenced a Feb. 1 indictment by federal prosecutors in Chicago that alleged Girardi “stole money from the clients” of the 2018 crash of Lion Air Flight 610.

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