Professional football's most
controversial wide receiver is accusing a prominent Miami law firm
and one its attorneys of seedy, unethical behavior. In a lawsuit
filed in Palm Beach County this week, Terrell Owens alleges Greenberg
Traurig and firm shareholder and real estate lawyer Pamela Linden
convinced him to invest $2 million in a sham casino resort project in
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other NFL players also lost money on the deal and that Linden did not
disclose the project was in trouble.
Michael Simon, a Boca Raton lawyer representing Owens, declined comment. Linden did not return a voicemail message and an email seeking comment. Greenberg spokeswoman Lourdes Brezo-Martinez acknowledged Owens was a client, but she denied the firm represented him on the casino deal. "To the extent we represented him in other matters, the facts will show the firm and its attorneys acted faithfully and appropriately at all times."
As Owens learned more details about Gilley's criminal activities, the future Hall of Famer says Linden repeatedly stonewalled his efforts to get documents related to his investment, such as paperwork approving the release of funds to Country Crossing.
- In 2004, three years after joining Greenberg, the firm fired superstar Washington D.C. lobbyist Jack Abramoff when a congressional committee started to probe his illicit affairs representing Indian tribes seeking favorable casino legislation.
- In 2005, Abramoff was indicted on five counts of wire fraid and one count of conspiracy in their purchase of a fleet of Florida gambling boats from Broward businessman Gus Boulis, who was later killed in a gangland style hit.
- In June 2006, Greenberg Traurig agreed to pay the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation $7.6 million for its role as a legal adviser to the now defunct Hamilton Bank of Miami, to settle allegations that it had helped to cover up bank officers' financial misconduct.
- In November 2006, Jay I. Gordon, the former chairman of Greenberg Traurig's tax practice, resigned from the New York bar and was disbarred for taking over $1.2 million in kickbacks on tax shelters that he had recommended to wealthy clients of the firm.
- In November 2008, a New York State court refused to dismiss a suit alleging that Robert J. Ivanhoe, chairman of Greenberg Traurig's New York City office and head of its real estate group, disregarded his "legal and fiduciary duties" by taking a personal financial stake in a competitor to a client that had invested in a multibillion-dollar real estate venture.