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Eugene Podesta (Gene Podesta) Baker Donelson Lawyers Conspire Against Own Clients

More news that the law firm of Baker Donelson is not acting in its client's best interests. The law firm of Baker Donelson (where Eugene Podesta is a partner) has again been caught defrauding its own clients for monetary gain. In the latest case, several Baker Donelson's attorneys have been caught conspiring against their own clients. While it has yet to be determined the extent to which Gene Podesta was involved, the client, Resorts Development Group II (RDG II), claims in a new lawsuit that Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz committed legal malpractice and conspiracy. The suit claims Baker-Donelson's attorneys had a conflict of interest in providing legal advice to RDG II because they were also representing other clients with conflicting and competing interests. The suit claims that Baker Donelson concocted the Country Crossing electronic bingo/entertainment complex idea and sought to raise millions as a last-ditch effort to save his "crumbling" real estate business. The suit claims the multiple entities had competing interests. The suit further claims Eugene Podesta's partners provided RDG II with bad legal advice when they told the entity that the games being played at Country Crossing would be legal under Alabama law. Baker Donelson told investors and other interested parties that Houston County could modify the rules and regulations of bingo as defined in a previously passed countywide amendment (Amendment 569) and that the modification would open the door for legal electronic bingo at Country Crossing "despite specific language to the contrary." Such advice was blatantly untrue and seemed intended to only help other clients attempting to attract RDG II business. As aresult of the malpractice, Baker Donelson's client suffered a loss of over &70 Million Dollars.
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Eugene Podesta (Gene Podesta) at Baker Donelson Obstructs Justice

Eugene Podesta manipulates the system to his and his clients gain. To lawyers like Podesta, the rules of civil procedure are just suggestions to be followed by lessor lawyers, but to defense attorneys are to be used to obstruct, circumvent and impede. To Gene Podesta and the other litigators at Baker Donelson, Justice is defined and measured by the avoidance of all truth that would harm his clients. If Eugene was a prosecutor, he would be the guy that covers-up exculpatory evidence proving a defendant's innocence, believing true justice requires a conviction at all costs. I guess we can all be thankful Podesta is not a prosecutor in Memphis.
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#939497

Gene should just retire. When bad lawyers get his age they never change.

Podesta & other big defense firms think the rest of us are riff-raff that should never have been licensed to practice. They believe every lawsuit filed by the little guy is false and their clients shouldn't be liable for anything. There life's ambition is to protect the rich from the lowly masses. What snobs.

Gene, your a sad old angry man that finally needs to be put out to pasture.

Your legacy is our screwed up court system you guys recreated to eliminate any chance those injured by your big business clients could get fair due process. Is it really surprising that no one likes you.

#938405

Gene Podesta is a real arrogant *** He doesn't care about anybody, including his own clients. He has two priorities, money and winning.

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The owners of the buildings at the former Country Crossing site in south Houston County have sued the law firm that provided most of the legal advice for the failed gambling complex, claiming the firm guided the owners to losses of $70 million in the venture.

Resorts Development Group II (RDG II), filed the legal malpractice and conspiracy lawsuit Thursday in Houston County Circuit Court against the Birmingham firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz as well as Country Crossing developer Ronnie Gilley and Ronnie Gilley Properties.

The suit claims one of Baker-Donelson's attorneys, Will Somerville, had a conflict of interest in providing legal advice to RDG II because he also represented Gilley and other Gilley interests. The suit claims that Gilley concocted the Country Crossing electronic bingo/entertainment complex idea and sought to raise millions as a last-ditch effort to save his "crumbling" real estate business.

The suit claims the multiple entities had competing interests.

The suit further claims Somerville provided RDG II with bad legal advice when he told the entity that the games being played at Country Crossing would be legal under Alabama law. The plaintiffs allege that Baker Donelson told investors and other interested parties that Houston County could modify the rules and regulations of bingo as defined in a previously passed countywide amendment (Amendment 569) and that the modification would open the door for legal electronic bingo at Country Crossing "despite specific language to the contrary."

The Houston County Commission passed a resolution in 2008 (Resolution 08-25) that purported to "clarify and promulgate" bingo rules and regulations.

"However, Resolution 08 ‐ 25 in fact contradicted Amendment 569 and purported to expand the rules governing the operation of charitable bingo. Baker Donelson and William G. Somerville failed to advise RDG II on the legal effect and consequences of Resolution 08 ‐ 25 and knew or should have known its content and effect," states the lawsuit, filed on behalf of RDG II by Dothan attorney Adam Jones.

RDG II shut down electronic bingo operations at Country Crossing on Jan. 29, 2010, almost five years ago, under threat of state raids. RDG II reopened Country Crossing as Center Stage Alabama in July of 2011, but closed in July of 2012 after a raid under the direction of Attorney General Luther Strange resulted in the seizure of hundreds of machines and more than $180,000 in cash. RDG II filed for bankruptcy in January of 2012, but the bankruptcy was dismissed in September of 2012.

In October of 2013, Circuit Judge Michael Conaway ruled that the games played at the Center Stage facility constituted illegal gambling and did not meet the definition of bingo. The Alabama Supreme Court upheld the local decision in November of 2014. The decision, according to the suit, left RDG II's $70 million loss "complete and irrevocable." The suit alleges legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty by Baker Donelson and conspiracy by Gilley.

The suit alleges Gilley comingled funds with other business interests. Gilley is serving a prison sentence in Atlanta resulting from a guilty plea after being charged with bribing legislators in an attempt to influence the passage of a pro-gambling bill in the Alabama Legislature.

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#587120 Review #587120 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Cons
  • Fraudulent
  • Unethical
  • Unprincipled
Reason of review
No Integrity
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Eugene Podesta (Gene Podesta) with Baker Donelson is Unethical, Untruthful & Unrofessional

Eugene Podesta is absolutely the worst lawyer I've ever had the misfortune to come into contact with. Gene Podesta routinely misrepresents both the law and facts in any case he is trying. Podesta will not only lie to opposing counsel, but will distort and misrepresent the law and facts to any judge he's in front of. Baker Donelson should think seriously about the impact Podesta has on their reputation. I know fo several attorneys that are considering formal complaints against Eugene Podesta (Gene Podesta) for the breach of his professional code of conduct. We shall see what the bar thinks of his conduct.
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Totally agree. Eugene Podesta and his colleagues at Baker Donelson are incredible.

I was involved in the Georgia Expedia case, where Gene Podesta (and a hundred other lawyers from Baker Donelson) refused to accept the trial courts ruling, pulling out every trick possible in their attempt to keep their client Expedia from having to pay hotel occupancy taxes (like every other hospitality company). In the words of US District Court Judge Lawson, "Like a bad penny, this case keeps turning up."

There is no question that Eugene Podesta and Baker Donelson breaks any and every rule to win, having the attitude that if a lowly trial judge rules against them they'll just remove, appeal, transfer, motion, etc., and if they don't get the result they want, then it all starts again; remove, appeal, transfer, motion, etc. etc. I finally realized that Podesta and his colleagues actually believe that they and their clients are far above everyone and everything, including such trivial things as the law, judicial system, lawyers, judges, governments, and little old you and me.

Against lawyers like Eugene Podesta, don't make what would seem the safe assumption that they will follow the rules.

Instead expect them to twist every word of every rule, use every possible gray area, and disregard law and precedent at every turn. I wish everyone good luck against these people.

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#585617 Review #585617 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Fraud on the Court
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Eugene Podesta Commits Malpractice, Absolutely Worst Most Unethical Lawyer

Eugene Podesta with the law firm of Baker Donelson represents three types of clients: 1) Doctors and Hospitals that commit malpractice by killing or mutilating people; 2) Unethical and Immoral Lawyers that commit legal malpractice against their poor clients causing huge financial loss or jail; and 3) Evil Large Corporations that dont care about people, only profits. In representing these three classes of refuse, Gene Podesta uses unethical and dishonest practices to ensure his wealthy clients are always protected from the little guy they injure or destroy. Several lawyers have commented that he abuses every rule of litigation to thwart justice, using his large firm to paper everyone into submission. The result is that the worst most incompetent lawyers, doctors and corporate executives never have to worry about being held accountable for their misdeeds, smiling in the courtroom to show they can get away with anything. This website is a great place where the small and powerless can make the corrupt rich and powerful answerable for their wrongdoing. Mr. Podesta should know that we the people are watching. You and other blue blood attroneys that protect the vicious and callous elite will have to answer one day for your misdeeds! Eugene, please feel free and respond to this and tell us what justifies your "legal" practice and practices. Tell everyone why you have made a career of defending the reprobate against the lowly poor and injured...... we are waiting.
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Oh boy. Don’t get me started on Baker Donelson.

The law firm of Baker Donelson is the WORST! I guess if you’re a large rapacious corporation, it makes sense you would want to hire a predacious extortionist for a law firm.

FYI to the world, unscrupulous people make for unscrupulous dirty-dealing lawyers.

#937884

I know Eugene Podesta. If the court room was a classroom, Eugene Podesta would be known as the classroom cheater.

If the court room were a playground, we’d dub Podesta as the class bully. Podesta intentionally violates written and unwritten rules of the litigation process to improperly influence parties, witnesses, and especially judges.

I had a case where my client sued Podesta’s client for legal malpractice. At one point in the process, Gene was required by the court to inform me of previous proceedings (where Gene Podesta apparently spoke at length to the judge ex parte).

Eugene Podesta failed to inform me of the details of the “meeting” as required by the judge.

Eugene Podesta then manipulated the court into ruling on his summary judgment motion without any hearing through unprofessional and unethical behavior. Gene Podesta told me he would withdraw the motion and a proposed order he had filed when I filed an affidavit (which was the basis for his Summary Judgment Motion). Once filed, Podesta again untruthfully represented that he would withdraw the motion and order. You guessed it, Gene did not withdraw the motion or order which was essentially signed by the judge as being unopposed.

We were astonished when we learned months later that the judge had signed the order dismissing the case.

Gene said it was a case of “miscommunication,” which was absolute BS. Eugene Podesta cheats! He violates rules of civil procedure, local rules, and professional ethics. Podesta is the bully in the playground.

After intentionally tripping you he tells the teacher (judge) it was just an accident to avoid punishment.

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#583924 Review #583924 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Memphis, Tennessee
Cons
  • Immoral
  • Unethical
  • Corrupt
Reason of review
Depraved Ethics
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Let the company propose a solution

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