New Reviewer

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.
View full review

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.


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


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.

View more comments (2)
#587120 Review #587120 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Atlanta, Georgia
  • Unprincipled
  • Malpractice
  • Unethical
Reason of review
No Integrity