A federal judge could rule early next week whether to toss a sanctions case against a prominent Delaware law firm.
The case involves a bogus sunken treasure, specifically whether Bruce Silverstein – a Wilmington corporate attorney with Young Read more Conaway Stargatt & Taylor – and his firm should be sanctioned for bad faith litigation. read more
Recent testimony provided the revelation that Silverstein and another attorney almost came to blows over the case.
David Paul Horan, a leading admiralty lawyer who represented a novice treasure hunter who claimed he found thousands of emeralds off Key West, testified that he and Silverstein clashed over how and when to reveal the discovery of modern epoxy on stones that some had speculated came from an ancient pirate ship. read more
Silverstein and his firm, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, had represented the company of the treasure hunter Jay Miscovich.
In a 2012 email, Horan told Silverstein they had a duty to disclose the epoxy enhancement to the federal court where Horan had filed an action to get title to the emeralds. Silverstein urged Horan to hold off, according to court records.
“It did not become a physical altercation, but it was close,” Horan said of an argument he had in his office with Silverstein in 2012.
Now, after a five-day hearing, a federal judge is weighing whether to toss the sanctions This website case against Silverstein and Young Conaway for their involvement in the treasure hoax. read more
Lawyers for Silverstein and Young Conaway have asked U.S. District Judge James Lawrence King to dismiss the sanctions motion brought by a famous underwater treasure hunter that questioned the discovery of thousands of emeralds by Miscovich.
For more than a year, the salvage company, Motivation Inc. of Key West, has pushed to have Silverstein and Young Conaway punished for bad faith litigation and aiding a fraud on the court after it was revealed Miscovich purchased the emeralds from a jewelry store. http://gordyspremierautoglass.com
Motivation is headed by Kim Fisher, whose family is famous for My company the discovery of the shipwreck of the Spanish galleon Atocha, worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Because Miscovich’s treasure salvage company, JTR Enterprises LLC, had filed a federal admiralty action to be awarded title to the Bing emeralds, the revelation that the emeralds had been planted in the Gulf of Mexico was deemed a fraud on the court. Horan initially represented JTR Enterprises in the admiralty action, but later withdrew following the fight with Silverstein.
Young Conaway was involved in the case because it represented JTR Enterprises, which held the secret location of the discovery site. According to legal documents, Young Conaway had a right to a percentage of the emeralds and anything salvaged from the site.
Scott graduated with a business degree from Troy University Dothan, and went into the banking industry in Dothan.
“I’ve enjoyed banking, but it’s just not what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was in banking in Dothan for years, and then I decided to go back to school to get my law degree just like my dad,” Scott said. “You’re never too old to follow your dreams, and strike out on a different path.”
Thomas Smith, who graduated from Troy University Dothan with a business administration degree, also attended and earned a law degree from Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law.
“He’s (Scott) finishing law school sort of about the same age as I went to law school,” Thomas said.
Scott said he’s interned with several judges, including Michael Joiner, who sits on the Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals, and Kristi DuBose, a federal judge for the southern district of Alabama in Mobile.
After earning his law degree Scott said he hopes to practice in Alabama, but hasn’t ruled out going where the job takes him.
“I want to be in a courtroom. It’s just the atmosphere I enjoy most,” Scott said. “I really just want to be in a position that helps Sites others. It could be anything from being a plaintiff’s attorney, to a criminal defense attorney to a prosecutor.”
Elliott, 27, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Review accounting and a master’s in business and accounting from Troy University Dothan. He is in his second year of Read law school. read more
“My goal is to kind of branch out a little bit,” Elliott said. “I’ve kind Free rates here! of got an interest in practicing tax litigation.”
Elliott plans to look at possible law jobs in areas ranging from Birmingham to Atlanta or possibly even Tennessee, Missouri or Texas.
“I kind of want to get out and make my mark,” Elliott said. “I would like to really get out into a larger firm, and put in some time in getting partner at a place like that.”
But Elliott said also hopes to one day bring his law career back to his native Dothan.
“I’ve always wanted to be an attorney since I saw my dad go through law school as sort of a second career for him,” Elliott said. “I think I was 4 at the time and I watch him start over, build his firm from the ground up. We’re a close family and I hope to continue on what he’s got going there in Dothan.”
Elliott said watching his father attend and complete law school and build his law firm has encouraged him in his own Homepage law career.
“I was Click able to watch people come to him with their problems, and see him make a difference in people’s lives. So I knew that’s what I wanted to do,” Elliott said. “People think lawyers just solve legal problems, but they really solve life problems.”
Thomas serves as a partner in the Dothan law firm, Smith & McGhee, with specializations in criminal defense and family law, along with some estate planning and personal injury. His law partner, Shaun McGhee, also earned his law degree from Faulkner University’s Jones School of Law.
“I was born here and they were both born here also. I always, of course, hoped at least one of my sons would be an attorney,” Thomas said. “I was pleasantly surprised that two of them decided to become attorneys.”