Miami Beach law legend Alan Dershowitz is being accused of dogging it while handling the appeal of a jailed Fort Lauderdale military contractor who now wants Dershowitz to cough up $7.6 million.
In Friday’s filing in Miami-Dade Circuit Court, former body-armor maker David H. Brooks asserts that Harvard University professor Dershowitz “failed to devote the necessary time and attention” to multimillionaire Brooks’ case.
Brooks, 59, is serving a 17-year sentence for insider trading. He is in his fifth year behind bars after being convicted in a $190 million scheme to overstate the financial performance of his DHB Industries.
Now, Brooks says Dershowitz’s efforts to free him post-conviction were so shoddy he had to hire three more attorneys.
Brooks is suing for negligence, breach of warranty and breach of contract. He allegedly paid Dershowitz a cash retainer of $2.6 million to represent him, then paid the other three a total of $5 million.
According to the complaint by North Miami lawyer David Goldstein, Dershowitz was hired to handle post-trial motions, prepare an appeal, read and review more than 20,000 pages of transcripts and trial notes and utilize his political connections to get Brooks off the hook.
The appeal is still pending.
Dershowitz said he has not seen the lawsuit but added his representation of Brooks was “first-rate.”
“He’s an ex-client, and he has sued other lawyers who worked for him,” Dershowitz said. “I’m not concerned. Sounds like a frivolous lawsuit. Besides, the $2.6 million were for the entire legal team. I got much less.”
Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade’s license to marry actress Gabrielle Union has yet to find its way into state records — nearly six months after their wedding.
And that, says Miami-Dade County marriage license manager Roberto Reboso, could be a problem for the lovebirds if they ever want to prove they’re indeed hitched.
“We know they’re married from what they said on TV,” Reboso said. “And they obtained a marriage license before the ceremony.
“But they still haven’t returned the license signed by the person who officiated the ceremony. So their marriage has not been recorded by the state.”
Records show Wade and Union, the 42-year-old star of the TV series Being Mary Jane, went to a Miami-Dade County office to pick up an unsigned license on Aug. 26.
Then dozens of their closest friends and most of Wade’s Heat teammates watched them exchange vows in a ceremony officiated by actress Essence Atkins.
Floridians are asked to send the signed license back to the county to make it official within 10 days of the ceremony. And Wade and Union have yet to do that.
“It happens that some people don’t send it back,” Reboso said. “But in case of legal problems, or if one of members of a couple were to die, the other would not be able to claim his or her property.”
Justin Bieber has asked a Miami judge to excuse him from attending mediation in a lawsuit brought against him by a local photographer — and Bieber provided amazing details on what it would cost him to attend.
In a filing last week, Bieber claimed it would cost him $68,433.63 to travel from Los Angeles to attend the court-mandated mediation scheduled for Feb. 16, and spend one night here before heading back.
Among the expenses: $60,000 for a private jet, $3,773.63 in “entourage fees,” $1,000 in ground transportation costs, $3,200 for one night in a hotel, and $210 in per diem.
In his response, Mark DiCowden, the shutterbug’s lawyer, said that cost isn’t reason enough to excuse Bieber and included examples of cheap flights to Miami.