Interested attorneys can now take a glimpse into life at disbarred Florida attorney Scott Rothstein's law firm. Transcripts of his December 14 deposition testimony were released this week. And boy did the place sound seedy: hookers, cops, and criminals all strolled around freely in the firm's heyday.
Rothstein was the brains behind a billion-dollar Ponzi scheme in Florida. He was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in prison over the fraud. Rothstein was the co-founder of the now-defunct law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler.
Maybe it was because of the criminal association, but apparently clients weren't the only ones that visited the office. On any given day, prostitutes, mobsters, and cops could be seen circulating -- and mingling -- in the law firm's halls, according to his testimony.
Does this sound exciting? Well, we haven't even gotten to the good part.
Some might feel uncomfortable having prostitutes in the office when officers are present. Rothstein said that having cops around actually made it easier to deal -- because the police were also sleeping with the prostitutes.
That's why he felt he could have all the escorts he wanted. After all, the police department wasn't exactly going to bother him. Their officers partook in his prostitutes' services.
Are any of you thinking of dropping your dull BigLaw life so you can turn to an exciting life of crime?
Well, remember that Rothstein is not only disbarred, he's facing a long jail sentence. Fifty years in prison is a long time. If Rothstein, 49, serves out his entire sentence, he will be geriatric by the time he's released.
So there you have it. If you're thinking of hanging your own shingle after you finish your stint in law firm indentured servitude, remember these lessons from Rothstein's law firm.
- Rothstein makes allegations about cops, prostitutes (WSVN-TV)
- Disbarred Fla. Attorney Scott Rothstein's Guilty Plea in Ponzi Scheme (FindLaw's Courtside)
- Paralegal Forges $285K Law Firm Check for NYC Spending Spree (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- Teen Tried to Bust Disbarred Lawyer Dad Out of Prison with Bobby Pin (FindLaw's Legally Weird)