EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Attorney James Kridel, Teresa Giudice’s Former Attorney [Part 2]

Posted on Apr 16 2015 - 10:08am by Stacy Slotnick, Esq.

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Legal journalism can shock us because it exposes the truth about the law and its participants. Reporters must ask au courant and weighty questions of legal newsmakers otherwise the public will never find authenticity in the law. 

I was privileged to have multiple exchanges with litigation attorney James Kridel, who has unique experience in tax and bankruptcy. In part 2 of my “Coffee With A Counselor” series, Mr. Kridel, who is at the center of a lawsuit filed by Teresa Giudice, responds to 5 key claims set forth in Plaintiff’s Verified Complaint. Mr. Kridel, a former Counterintelligence Agent and attorney with 40 years of legal experience, provides his brief responses below in blue font. 

Allegation #1:  Defendant Kridel never met with Plaintiff prior to Defendant Kridel’s filing of the Bankruptcy Case.

“This is simply not true. Although this occurred back in 2009, our billing records and case management records (two separate software applications) reflect that there were numerous in-person meetings with Teresa prior     to the filing of the Petition. Two other attorneys had referred Teresa to me before I met with her. Our office records reflect that Teresa not only met with me, but that she met with other attorneys from this office, including   an attorney who had over 25 years experience and was certified by the Supreme Court as a Civil and Criminal Trial Attorney as well as at least one Paralegal. These meetings all took place in our Clifton, New Jersey office.”

“Despite the time-lapse, I have a personal recollection of numerous meetings because of the fact that she would visit the office with her children and others in the building from different offices, who recognized her from  television, such that almost everyone from our office questioned whether or not she was, in fact, the celebrity from the Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

“Although specifically requested to bring tax returns with her, she initially did not do so. Because of a pending Judgment being entered in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Bergen Vicinage, Teresa specifically stressed the  urgency with which the Petition needed to be filed. It was apparent that she had spoken to other attorneys prior to this, and was more familiar with basic concepts of bankruptcy than most laypersons. This became obvious  immediately.”

 

Allegation #2: Defendant Kridel, by signing the subject bankruptcy petition, falsely certified that he had “performed a reasonable investigation into the circumstances that gave rise to the petition.”

“Although the absence of tax returns made the investigation more difficult, we made every possible effort to complete the Petition.  It was always my belief that absent tax returns and a credit report, amendments would be  absolutely necessary as the investigation progressed. We were confident that when Teresa produced the promised tax returns, amendments would be required. Based upon the time constraints and the fact that Teresa  failed to produce requested documents timely, we were forced to rely on Teresa’s statements which we emphasized the importance thereof. Teresa set forth on the Petition her income and assured us that this was accurate  as she, in her own words, indicated that she was well aware of her income.”

“Shortly after filing, many fires began to appear and Teresa’s excuses for not producing income tax returns started to raise red flags. Lawyers must necessarily rely on the statements of their clients until they are advised  otherwise. It was clear from the Petition that her income was far less than her expenses and Teresa specified that the deficiencies were being made up by family. Going forward, she anticipated her success on Bravo would  more than compensate for her then low-income figures. In determining initial income, the Bankruptcy Code and Rules provide for a six-month look back period.”

 

Allegation #3: Defendant Kridel failed to perform a reasonable investigation concerning the Plaintiff’s Petition, Schedules, and Statement of Financial Affairs.

“The answer to the second allegation above applies equally to the third allegation, however, I directly examined the personal belongings of Teresa by visiting her home in Towaco, New Jersey, as well as spent much of a  second day at her home with the Chapter 7 Trustee and an appraiser during which furniture was examined, jewelry was surveyed, the so-called Internet business was looked into, and the real estate was scrutinized. This is  extremely unusual as it is not the practice for attorneys to visit a Debtor’s home and it shows the diligence expended so as to properly handle her Bankruptcy.”

“During the physical inspection of her home with the Trustee and the appraiser, Teresa told us that much of the furniture was bought post-Petition with post-Petition earnings. The late Honorable Morris Stern required  this office to supply him with receipts for the post-Petition purchases. We specifically did this with Teresa and during a telephonic conference the Judge praised our diligence and accuracy; however, he was outraged at the  fact that the receipts reflected cash expenditures of approximately $60,000.00.”

“Teresa never advised anyone from this office of any rental income. Teresa’s 2009 (the year she filed for bankruptcy) income tax return does not reflect any rental income attributable to her. Teresa testified before the  Chapter 7 Trustee in a recoiled proceeding that the Petition, Schedules, and Statement of Affairs was true and accurate and that she signed the Petition, Schedules, and Statement of Affairs after fully reviewing same as  true and accurate. She later testified at an Examination by the U.S. Trustee’s Office and again authenticated the Petition under oath. She also testified at an adversarial proceeding under oath before the late Honorable  Morris Stern to the same effect.”

“Teresa was prepped before all hearings in this office. Teresa well knew that it was her responsibility to review the Petition for accuracy. Sometime later when this office learned that Teresa had not filed tax returns for  approximately 10 years, we had her execute a document reflecting that we were relying on her representations and that if they proved to be false, she would be subject to civil and criminal penalties. The crimes that Teresa  was charged with coincidentally became known during her bankruptcy; however, they occurred years before we even knew of the existence of Teresa. We were not her attorneys with respect to obtaining loans or advising  her not to file income tax returns.”

 

Allegation #4: As a result of Defendant Kridel’s breach of fiduciary duty, Plaintiff has suffered compensatory damages in the amount of at least five million dollars.

“I respectfully suggest that Teresa suffered no damages as a consequence of anything this office did. In fact, she voluntarily withdrew her Bankruptcy Petition as set forth in the Consent Order. The criminal conduct of  Teresa, as conceded in her testimony at sentencing before the Honorable Esther Salas, was solely that of her own making and she took full responsibility of same. We cannot be expected to know of prior criminal acts and  therefore these were not set forth in her Petition. Any damage she suffered was the result of her own doing and not that of any conduct or omission by this office. It would appear from her testimony that her failure to file  income taxes and the falsification of mortgage applications, years prior to our representation, was the lynchpin that brought her before the Courts.”

 

Allegation #5: Defendant Kridel, during representation of Plaintiff, failed to exercise that degree of care commonly exercised by an ordinary member of the legal profession.

“As aforesaid, we went well beyond the ordinary investigative work done by Bankruptcy Attorneys in preparing schedules and amendments thereto. We attended numerous depositions, including one at the U.S. Trustee’s  Office, of Heather Maclean, Teresa’s co-author, in which Ms. Maclean testified that she and Teresa discussed the opening of several LLCs for the sole purpose of maintaining bank accounts and that her first book deal did  not become a reality until post-Petition and that the work done thereon was additionally post-Petition. Teresa never advised us of any of these discussions or properties, and spending a day at the U.S. Trustee’s office  certainly was not the lazy thing to do, but again, we attempted to do our job and to the extent we could, protect our client. We stopped filing amendments when it became apparent that the Bankruptcy would not conclude  in a Discharge.”    

 

READ: Teresa Giudice Lawsuit Against Bankruptcy Lawyer: Filed Consent Order Waiving Discharge Watermarked

Grab your gavel, join the conversation, and let us know what you think about Teresa Giudice’s claims after you’ve read James Kridel’s response to the headiest accusations.

 

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Stacy Slotnick, a.k.a. The Foxy Jurist, holds a J.D., cum laude, from Touro Law Center and a B.A., summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Commonwealth Honors College. Stacy is the recipient of the Honors Deans Award; Simon and Satenig Ermonian Memorial Scholarship; College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Opportunity Scholarship; and College of Humanities and Fine Arts Scholarship. She is also a William F. Field Alumni Scholar, an honor bestowed upon the most academically distinguished students. In law school, Stacy won two CALI Excellence For The Future Awards® and received an Achievement Scholarship. She is a member of the New York Bar. As an entertainment lawyer, Stacy counsels clients on contracts, branding, and public relations strategy. She negotiates with agents, producers, production companies, and lawyers to secure rights to projects on behalf of high-profile clients. Her clever, spirited, no holds barred legal analysis can be found in articles for The Huffington Post. * Facebook
 
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  • WestCoastFeed

    Oh my!!! Teresa is toast.
    Thanks again, Stacy,

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Greetings WestCoastFeed! My pleasure. Glad you enjoyed. What was the most eye-opening statement from Mr. Kridel in your opinion? On a scale of 1 to 10, how “sunk” is Teresa?

      • WestCoastFeed

        On a scale of one to ten, I’d give her a 20. I think what will hurt her the worst is her filmed statements to the other cast members that she had no idea Joe was filing for bankruptcy until he put the papers in front of her to sign.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Good catch. If you put an “ignorance defense” before a jury with her on the stand (she is the only one who could testify to not knowing or understanding the forms), what a spectacle and circus that would be.

  • Lucy94

    GREAT job Stacy! I love this guy. He certainly has his ducks in a row. Of course he did his due diligence. A couple of things jumped out at me. Teresa of course couldn’t produce tax returns that were never executed in the first place. And, “Teresa’s statements” = LIES! These two are just idiots beyond belief. Using Teresa’s own admission to Judge Salas…priceless! Do you happen to know if Mr. Kridel has been paid by the Giudices? He might want to join up with her other attorney(s) who are suing her for non payment.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks Lucy94! We are delighted you found this piece sumptuous! I could not agree with you more regarding Mr. Kridel’s diligence and thorough preparation. He was a pleasure to interview and continues to be a source of significant intelligence and information. The more I write about legal issues for public consumption and the additional opportunities I have to interview legal experts, it becomes clear who is genuine and forthright and who isn’t. Mr. Kridel has taken precious time exploring a multitude of legal issues with me and I cannot begin to thank him enough.

      Thank you for pinpointing some items that jumped out at you, especially the tax return situation and of course Teresa’s own admissions/Judge Salas’ statements that will be brought to light and emphasized should this case against Mr. Kridel proceed further. Here is one priceless word of legal advice: Before filing a lawsuit, make sure you know what you are getting into and think 14 steps ahead.

      I do know the answer as to whether Mr. Kridel has been compensated, but I want to be respectful of certain ancillary comments he made to be that are unrelated to this article. With that said, you are 100% correct that attorneys who are not compensated for their time and efforts do have legal (and public relations) recourse. 🙂

  • WestCoastFeed

    Wendy Feldman is right. Teresa is smart. She knew what she was doing all along. This certainly doesn’t sound like the naïve, obedient, little woman who signed whatever her hubby put in front of her.

    • Lucy94

      Of course she did! Only someone with the IQ of a 3 year old would believe her “I didn’t understand” routine. I’m sorry, that’s insulting to 3 year olds. She knew what she was omitting and what she was hiding. I can just hear her now in that high pitched voice of hers, “I can’t find my tax returns”.

      • twifan2

        ‘The dog ate my tax returns’ 😀

      • Stacy Slotnick

        Ignorance of the law and facts is not a defense.

    • Just a jersey girl

      Hi WCF my problem with this whole thing is why. would an attorney bother to file a petition without all the paperwork. There is something called IRS form 4506 requesting a tax transcript, all good attorney’s would have asked for that, if the Giudice’s refused to sign that should have raised a red flag. He obviously was concerned about his billing hours.

      I am not saying Teresa or Joe were innocent but I wouldn’t use him if he was the last attorney on the face of the earth

      • Yolie

        Was it stated somewhere that he filed the petition without all the paperwork?

      • Bad Barbie

        Let’s take few steps (years) back. When did banks start getting 4506’s straight from the IRS? Baffles me that so many people that are involved in processing a loan, didn’t catch their monkey business. I’ve always said this, I think they had connects at these banks. That and the fact that money was just handed out to whoever with those bogus mortgage terms=disaster!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Hence the statement from Mr. Kridel regarding her knowledge about bankruptcy that went above and beyond what a layperson would know and understand. Just because she was caught does not mean she was unintelligent when committing crimes.

      • Just a jersey girl

        Hi Stacy,
        I have no doubt there wasknowledge but shouldn’t a good bankruptcy attorney utilize IRS form 4506? If the Giudices refused to sign that should have raised a flag. Even if they produced tax returns they should have been checked against the IRS transcripts.
        This is my problem with attorneys in general

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Remember, Teresa’s crimes were committed prior to Mr. Kridel’s representation of her. He couldn’t go back and rewrite history. Too, what you describe above does not rise to the level of an attorney failing to exercise the ordinary reasonable skill and knowledge commonly possessed by a member of the legal profession which results in actual damages to a plaintiff. (That is the standard in New York.) “Good” isn’t relevant or legally recognized as the standard. Speaking of damages, Teresa cannot prove damages since she voluntarily withdrew her bankruptcy claim.

          If red flags existed that actually goes to a defense Mr. Kridel could invoke, such as comparative negligence. Comparative Negligence is an affirmative defense in a legal malpractice case recognized in New York. There must be a showing that the client did or did not do something that hindered the law firm from performing its duties toward its client. If Teresa hid proof, evidence, and facts, that could obviously prevent Mr. Kridel from doing his job. Perhaps your disdain for attorneys can be turned around? I hope so. Attorneys make arguments and its OK to disagree with their claims and defenses.

  • twifan2

    Thank you for a great outline of the facts, Stacy!
    Great job. And thank you Mr. Kridel for giving us all such insight/information of this lawsuit!

    Stacy, has Teresa’s lawyer representing her in this lawsuit, read/seen these documents?
    Looks like he’s going to have ‘egg on his face’.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you, twitfan2. We are pleased as peaches (I am not from the South but this morning my chef client and I were working on a deal and he made me peach cobbler, which I’m still salivating over) you found this article insightful and informative. We aim to provide content that is not found anywhere else on the web.

      I have no concrete proof as to whether Carlos Cuevas has read the articles here on AATT concerning his client and/or scoured Mr. Kridel’s statements. Legal journalism and analysis comes with the territory when you represent high-profile clients. Part of Teresa’s “allure” is the fact she is a media personality and gets paid for being a reality TV star. Without coverage from the media, there is no buzz and no income. Does that make sense? What do you think?

      • twifan2

        Peach cobbler! I have my spoon ready to travel! 🙂

        BUT is the ‘fame’ attached to Teresa worth your reputation being questioned? Your own motive$ for taking a lawsuit like hers on or even her on as a client?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Yes! And there are zero calories — at least that’s what I tell myself.

          I agree that it is a very big and difficult question to answer regarding when does a lawyer take a case for publicity/money/prestige. There isn’t an easy answer. Some cases are PR nightmares (like those involving chemical companies) but they are highly lucrative. You have to balance every element when deciding to represent a high-profile client.

  • Great blog, Stacy! After reading this, it’s clear to see that Teresa is screwed. Why on earth would she bring the frivolous suit against Kridel? She’s wasting more of the courts time telling more lies. If nothing else this lawsuit is MAJOR proof that Teresa has not changed and I don’t think she has it in her to change.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks for the compliment and comments, Seusseroo! A lawsuit should be a last resort, especially in a legal malpractice case in which the attorney-client privilege may become waivable exposing the plaintiff to more litigation and perhaps criminal charges. My suspicion is that Teresa would bring a lawsuit against Mr. Kridel to cash in on a quick settlement.

      On at least six occasions, myself and my adversary did not have authority to settle a case. However, you should realize that most lawsuits settle, and that the court system is designed to put significant pressure on you to settle. We literally told the judge “We have no authority to settle. We disagree on key contentions. Our clients want to take the case to trial.” An hour later we go back into chambers and the suit is resolved. Of course, filing a frivolous lawsuit has repercussions.

  • Lucy94

    I’ll bet a month’s salary she knows her Bravo contract front to back, line for line.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Share more, Lucy94. You agree that she was way more cunning and savvy about finances than she let on during those RHONJ interviews and WWHL shows?

      • Lucy94

        She knew what was going down. I don’t think for a second think she thought Juicy Joe was such a master builder that he earned millions of dollars to sustain their lifestyle. They just didn’t think they would get caught. I think she knew she was signing fraudulent documents and lying/omitting to her attorneys. I think she knew they would collect all that money knowing there wasn’t a chance in hell they could pay it back, so let’s declare bankruptcy. I do think she is a pathological liar. But I won’t for one second believe she doesn’t know why she’s in prison. What I could never figure out though is after initial influx of cash to establish a certain lifestyle where did she think the money was going to come from to MAINTAIN it? From what I saw she was living as though she had Oprah money.

  • Jennymckitty

    This law suit was a big mistake. It shows that, at least with the bankruptcy, she was very involved and informed. It makes her look less like a victim of her husband’s shady business deals and more like a willing accomplice.
    BTW, do we know if Mr Kridel was ever served?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      We appreciate you sharing your thoughts, Jennymckitty! What was that final remark/question that may have gotten cut off in your thread? Do you think Teresa and her lawyer have any rebuttal (reply) to Mr. Kridel’s claims now that we know more about how her bankruptcy case was handled?

  • TartLemon

    Wow! Stacy, thank you for your time and devotion to this. Can’t wait for the next installment. This is what has so far been revealed. We all know as a case progresses, the information is more detailed. Each reply requires more minutia.

    I’m wringing my hands in glee.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Tremendous gratitude, TartLemon, for your extremely kind words and praise. Mr. Kridel provided hugely helpful commentary in this case. As you can imagine, when someone who is in the public consciousness files a lawsuit, people are eager to discuss and analyze. We are very privileged to have unique comprehension of the case from an inside source. Happy we made your Thursday a little more gleeful!

      Which comment/statement in this article do you find the most electrifying or shocking?

      • TartLemon

        I liked the details/proof about how obvious it was what Teresa knew and willingly participated. Joe has made several comments since the beginning that made me think he thought of Teresa as ‘the brains’ since she walked through some doors at an institute of higher learning. He would have been happy as a low level street thug, flying under the radar, bringing in a decent amount of $$. Teresa wanted the fame and perceived elevation to sainthood with people groveling. She wanted it NOW!

        Does any of this new detailed info affect her legal problems other than in the eyes of hte public?

        • Stacy Slotnick

          “Low level street thug, flying under the radar….” great language.

          Clearly Mr. Kridel has shown he has several defenses and factual assertions that rebut Teresa’s case. Unfortunately/fortunately, the lawyers remain at a standstill over service of process. Until Mr. Kridel is actually served with the lawsuit, there is nothing for him to file with the court. http://allaboutthetea.com/2015/04/08/teresa-giudice-bankruptcy-lawsuit-james-kridel-interview/ When defendant files his Answer and/or Motion To Dismiss, I would expect to see many of the claims made above reproduced therein.

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    I don’t believe a word out of Teresa’s mouth…EVER!! She is a proven liar…

    Is/Could James countersue for defamation of character?? I’m not familiar with this type of law…so it’s like a different language to me…

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Misuse of the legal system can be combatted by defamation and/or malicious prosecution in civil actions. A malicious civil prosecution is one that is 1) begun in malice, 2) without probable cause to believe it can succeed, and 3) which, after imposing a grievance akin to the effect of a provisional remedy [“special damages”], finally ends in failure. If the plaintiff in a case filed a claim against you with an improper motive and did not have reasonable evidence to support the claim, you may have a right to sue them for any damages they caused in forcing you to defend against their baseless charge. Just remember, Teresa may be a judgment-proof defendant so suing Teresa and expending resources on a lawsuit against her may not make any difference — at least from a financial standpoint.

      • WaWaWaWHAT!

        Ah I see, thanks for the explanation…
        I figured he could counter since he spent time in defending his name i.e interviews & such, & probably court for this…and since Teresa is claiming that she never met him prior to the filing…
        I obviously think Teresa is lying and playing dumb just so her drunk loser husband can do the time…with luck all this will be thrown out and Teresa will not gain 5 million for lying…

        • Stacy Slotnick

          You are extremely welcome. That $5M price tag is one of the largest I’ve seen for a legal malpractice claim, especially when the Plaintiff doesn’t have investments and businesses worth nearly that much. The gumption is remarkable. I agree that one has to at least entertain the idea of a countersuit if a lawsuit lodged against that person is baseless.

  • Yolie

    Thank you Stacy for your hard work in this. The part of this interview that immediately stands out to me is allegation #1 with Kridel’s response. If he has irrefutable proof Teresa met with him prior to filing then Teresa’s whole case is blown out the water. Kridel mentions numerous in-person meetings with Teresa prior to the filing her petition based on office records and eyewitnesses.

    Another portion that stood out to me is “Although specifically requested to bring tax returns with her, she initially did not do so. Because of a pending Judgment being entered in the Superior Court”….would this judgement be the laundry company that currently garnishes her Bravo pay-check? The laundry company was smart to move quickly and I believe they are the only company prior to her filing BK that managed to have a judgement entered against her. Kridel’s response shows how smart Teresa really is and how aware she was of what was going on.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Fantastic assessment of the case. Thrilled you enjoyed the piece. Essentially, Mr. Kridel’s statements refute Teresa’s allegations made in the Complaint with proof (other witnesses). If the case went to trial, who do you think the jury will believe?

  • DSS

    A story about Tre with facts!!! What a great read it was!!!
    With her being incarcerated when does all of this get heard and then presumably thrown out??
    Thanks for the great effort Stacy!!!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      You are very welcome, DSS. 🙂 There is nothing better than interviewing an astute subject for an article who is intimately connected to the story and its players.

      Great question you pose about whether Teresa’s incarceration will have an impact on this case. The lawyers have been duking it out regarding service of process (Summons and Complaint) while she has been away: http://allaboutthetea.com/2015/04/08/teresa-giudice-bankruptcy-lawsuit-james-kridel-interview/ An Answer and/or Motion To Dismiss will likely be filed before she is released. So long as Carlos Cuevas (Teresa’s attorney) has access to his client should he need information and evidence from her, the case can proceed.

  • Just a jersey girl

    Can someone just answer why an attorney would not withdraw the petition if he could not get tax returns. There is something called IRS form 4506 request for tax transcripts that she be matched against returns.

    I think Teresa’s lawsuit is frivolous, but not one person responded to my question.

    My iq is definated not NJIQ 12

    • Stacy Slotnick

      She did withdraw the Petition. I responded below in a thread started by WestCoastFeed. Hope this helps!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Good Morning Just a jersey girl. Leave no stone unturned: That’s what makes great lawyering. I want to follow-up and provide additional answers to your query about comparing IRS transcripts with tax returns.

      It is not unusual to file a Petition before you get the tax returns, and according to various sources, legal documents, and the court, Teresa prepared false tax returns. Moreover, it is not the practice of attorneys to get a transcript to confirm. You file the Petition based on the information given and usually you don’t have tax returns when you file the Petition. Lawyers must rely on what the client tells you and then the Trustee requests tax returns but you don’t submit those with the Petition. It is not the practice of Bankruptcy Attorneys to seek transcripts.

      Ultimately, the IRS said her returns had not been filed. Thus, the transcript, as I mentioned yesterday, was immaterial. The transcript would have indicated no returns were filed. Had her attorneys sought transcripts from the IRS, which they probably didn’t have time to since the process takes a very long time, it would have shown no returns were filed. In a very simple mathematical way, one cannot get a return where none was filed.

      Mr. Kridel would hope to get tax returns but they are not always available. She offered false returns but how did Mr. Kridel know that? When you get a tax return why would you order a transcript? Transcript doesn’t provide the return.

      Remember, too, she put an accountant’s name on tax returns and at his deposition, the CPA denied preparing those returns. IRS said she never filed. Hope this helps!

  • side of Sour Cream

    What a hater. It’s so obvious he’s jealous. ;-D

    • WestCoastFeed

      Of course. That’s the only possible explanation. :)))

    • twifan2

      & he can find his tax returns! 🙂

  • TartLemon

    What’s the problem with serving this? Kridel’s not hiding and has made public statements pretty much ‘bring it’. It’s also not as though Cuevas (Teresa’s attorney) didn’t know she would be incarcerated when he took the case. Surely Teresa can make time in her busy prison social calendar for her attorney.

    What’s the holdup?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      In a nutshell, Plaintiff’s counsel wants Mr. Kridel to accept service “with conditions.” The documents (emails, correspondences) proving same can be found here: http://allaboutthetea.com/2015/04/08/teresa-giudice-bankruptcy-lawsuit-james-kridel-interview/ It is frustrating for court watchers because the suit was filed in December of 2014 and many people want to see Mr. Kridel’s Motion To Dismiss, should he opt to file one, granted by the court.

  • Bad Barbie

    I like this guy! He was to the point, with facts and not all up in his feelings. A true professional.

    What a tangled web Tre weaved. Idiots!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thanks for engaging and checking out Mr. Kridel’s responses to Teresa’s allegations. Once it became apparent to Mr. Kridel that the Bankruptcy would not conclude in a Discharge, the law office stopped filing amendments. The point is, no sane lawyer will engage in fraudulent behavior for his/her client. I agree that an attorney who offers straightforward commentary looks a lot more credible than the one who doesn’t.

  • Norrth

    I don’t understand how she thinks this helps her case to go after this guy. Everything he says seems to be consistent with Judge Salas’ comments about their behavior and consistent with the bankruptcy’s attorney’s account as well. Teresa has taken what would have remained private and difficult to prove allegations and put them in the public forefront.

    Giudice could have simply allowed the most fanatic of her base to believe she was railroaded and now thanks to Stacy’s interview, it’s clear she wasn’t. Talk about self-inflicted! YIKES!

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Nortth, I cannot thank you enough for weighing in on the piece with such alacrity and balanced judgment. I am very pleased you loved the article and see it as a game-changer insofar as the facts reject the idea that Teresa was somehow overpowered by lawyers and accountants. Nicely stated!

  • Lucy94

    Hey guys, OT, Kim Richards got arrested last night in Beverly Hills. Drunk on her ass in the Polo Lounge. Kicked an officer and locked herself in the bathroom.

    • Norrth

      And I’ll bet Brandi is no where to be found. Kim should have trusted her sister and listened.

    • WestCoastFeed

      This is so sad. She was the only one of the Beverly Hills housewives that I ever liked. I can’t excuse her for failing to have that vicious dog put down. But I wont condemn her addiction. That’s not a moral failing. It’s an illness that is very difficult to overcome.

      • cheryl

        It is a moral failing to take the pain medication prescribed for a man dying of cancer, She made all kind of excuses for that. Monty is the one that will be short his pain meds and is responsible for the missing pills. As a cancer pain clinic employee this pissed me off to no end.

  • honeybunny

    Why is Teresa wasting money she doesnt have on this lawsuit…..and what attorney is fool enough to represent her knowing they will never get paid for their services

    • WestCoastFeed

      I wonder if she talked herself into believing her own lies?

      • twifan2

        BINGO!

      • Stacy Slotnick

        I think it is fair to revisit the sociopath angle. http://allaboutthetea.com/2014/11/11/lies-teresa-giudice-told-psychiatric-justice/ After awhile, her lies became truth (at least to her). But how that impacts her offensive lawsuit is a good question. Is her suit built upon untruths?

        • WestCoastFeed

          From what James Kridel told you, her suit is definitely built upon fabrications. She claimed he didn’t interview her before filing papers. She claimed he didn’t adequately prepare her for her sessions in court.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            All those allegations are false, according to Mr. Kridel. I am always of the belief (and school of thought coming from a long line of lawyers — including famed NY criminal defense attorney Barry Slotnick) that plaintiffs’ lawyers in a case like this usually have to
            immerse themselves in the file and engage in client intake and extensive/ excessive case analysis. A fact as to whether or not Mr. Kridel met with Teresa prior to filing her Bankruptcy Case is pretty basic stuff. Imagine when they get to the really hard questions like did Plaintiff forge documents. Moreover, I will direct you to the fact that Mr. Kridel points out that there were witnesses to their meetings, like other lawyers and a paralegal.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Part of the reason may have to do with $$$$$$. She could be looking for a fast settlement from a defendant she thought she could strong-arm. The problem is, the facts don’t fit her theory of the case and lawyers representing legal malpractice defendants are less likely, statistically speaking, to settle than in non-malpractice cases.

  • WestCoastFeed

    Vicki Hyman has just reported that the Giudice mansion is being foreclosed. The bank has filed the papers.

    • twifan2

      Oh wow!
      Can he still sell the house now that papers have been file?

  • All About The Tea

    Hi AATT posters,

    Out of respect for attorney, Stacy Slotnick, please refrain from posting gifs and links on legal analysis blogs. Also, it would be beneficial to stay on topic. Thank you for understanding.

  • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

    Great blog Stacy. Enlightening & informative.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Thank you, Tigerlily. It’s a joy to be able to provide new substance with an insider’s perspective.

      • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

        I appreciate it. I also appreciate that as more & more is revealed & dissected that the lies & the out right deceptions perpetrated by the Joe & Teresa Giudice are finally being shown as the facts that we all know them to be.
        I also love it when an actual liars pants catch on fire right in front of you.
        Flame on Tre! Flame on!

        • Stacy Slotnick

          I wholeheartedly agree. Interviewing Mr. Kridel certainly adds a layer of understanding we hadn’t had before. So often someone lodges a lawsuit against another and we don’t hear the story from the defendant until much later in the process — if ever. We are honored Mr. Kridel shared his thoughts with us. Again, thanks for being a superb fan and excellent poster!

          • ♥♥♥ Tigerlily ·.¸¸.·*¨·.·.¸¸.

            Exactly, couldn’t agree more. It is always so much better & much more informative when you get to hear both sides of the story.
            I sincerely appreciate & thank both you & Mr. Kridel for taking the time to educate & illuminate us, on what seems to me, to be another ‘legal’ failure the Giudices have created for themselves.

            I know it seems futile, but for their girls sake, I am hoping they will wake up & see the ‘reality’ of this all. Truly see the damage their choices & their actions have created not only for their family, but all the other people, vendors & businesses they harmed. It’s utter madness to continue to blame others & not own your behavior, when the whole world can see who & what you are. Hoping maybe they might even see this as one more way of karma giving them a chance to change their ways, before it’s too late. If it isn’t already.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            You are again entirely welcome and we are delighted you joined us for this exhilarating discussion. I will definitely relay to Mr. Kridel (as well as other AATT posters who have expressed their gratitude) your steadfast appreciation. It’s absolutely educational and unique to get a party to a lawsuit’s perspective, especially when that party is an attorney and can drive home vital points about the case.

            People forget sometimes that incarceration is an opportunity for criminals to reform and rehabilitate. That is the goal. Like you, I hope we see a different person come out and change her ways. An inmate’s experiences while locked up will ideally leave such a lasting impression that a former prisoner will do whatever it takes to avoid a second term. I think psychological counseling helps all inmates adapt and provides the forum to admit, concede, and be transparent about their transgressions. The opportunity will be hers for the taking to redefine her legacy. Let’s hope there is the right support in place to make that happen.

  • Addie2U

    More proof that the Giudice’s think they’re are above the law. Great article Stacy. Thanks for your time & effort & sharing it with us.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      My pleasure. I’m very happy you enjoyed the content! Thanks for the sublime compliments and analysis. It’s a good thing we have checks and balances in the law. This piece provides an opposing viewpoint to the documents Teresa filed.

  • Pinkie31

    Thank you for sharing things I couldn’t understand well about what was happening.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Excellent. Thanks Pinkie31. Mr. Kridel was a joy to interview — the consummate professional. He did a phenomenal job of offering crystal clear analysis on the facts, according to his memory and documents.

  • Fritz the. At

    Wow Stacy. Incredible information and thanks for getting it in laymens terms. She really is a serial liar.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      You’re great. I’m so glad you read the piece and found the information and ideas interesting and engrossing. I’m doubly happy it was an easily digestible blog. Thanks!

      Did you have any “aha” moment or particular anecdote/statement that made you say, “She really is a liar?”

  • MidwestMiddie

    Thanks for the great interview.
    If only your article could be made into wallpaper and used in Teresa’s cell…………..

    • Stacy Slotnick

      You are entirely welcome. Glad to know you relished the piece, MidwestMiddie. Very thankful for your support and offering us all an image we won’t soon forget.

  • Fritz the. At

    Anyone think it was questionable for Kriedel to appear on housewives? I remember thinking at the time that he was just another ambulance chaser trying to make a name for himself. Now I know that’s not the case but I do believe allowing himself to be filmed on this clown show was a mistake. He lowered himself.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Here is what I would focus on regarding your point about an attorney appearing on RHONJ: Teresa only named James Kridel in the lawsuit despite the fact other attorneys worked on the case. Why is that? Does it have something to do with the fact Mr. Kridel appeared on RHONJ and his name has notoriety? Just saying.

      The reality is, filing a suit against someone who didn’t appear might not have the same selling power should Teresa be looking to make a buck off publicity from this lawsuit. There may be a correlation there between Mr. Kridel, who appeared on the show, and other attorneys at the firm who did not.

      You make a very valid point but bear in mind attorneys court the spotlight for a variety of reasons, and sometimes granting an interview may seem like a good idea at first blush but then it backfires. I don’t think that is the case here because if you go back, Mr. Kridel’s explanation on Bravo was succinct and clear. He was the best, most qualified individual to probably speak about the Bankruptcy Case. Sometimes an opportunity to appear on a TV show is excellent exposure that cannot be economically purchased any other way. Does that make sense?

      • Cindy

        I Thsnk you for this article I missed part one but I am sure I can find it. Interesting that she wasn’t as stupid or “Green” when it came to understanding exactly what she was doing. I still say she got off way to easy! But thanks again Stacy….

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Anytime Cindy! In case you didn’t find it, here’s a TGIF read for you (part 1 of the blog): http://allaboutthetea.com/2015/04/08/teresa-giudice-bankruptcy-lawsuit-james-kridel-interview/ Hope it is equally interesting! 🙂 Many posters concur with your assessment that Teresa wasn’t as innocent as she made herself out to be, especially after reviewing Mr. Kridel’s remarks above.

          • Cindy

            I always appreciate your time and comments and explanations Stacy and I did find part one equally compelling!! And that family looks to make a “Buck” off of anything referring to one of the points above.. Oh and I will stay tuned to see what will happen now with the “Foreclosure” if the Bank is losing money on this but also wasn’t this and maybe the other Guidice homes gotten with illegal loans and money?? Again she got off way to easy….thanks again Stacy and I’ll be waiting to hear the next saga lol Have a great day.

          • Stacy Slotnick

            You are incredibly welcome, Cindy, and I’m very happy to hear my comments and explanations were helpful. Glad you read part 1 and found it intriguing! Fantastic! There are no easy answers, and there definitely aren’t winners or losers in this case. The idea is to evaluate a lawsuit like this one with the truth being central to our discussion. You raise an excellent issue concerning motivations behind legal malpractice claims, foreclosure, and the appearance of “beating the system,” and I think that is exponentially important to recognize. Have a fabulous weekend and thanks again for being such a devoted fan and poster!

  • cait

    Over my long years, I have known people who generally and socially were as dumb as a bag of rocks, yet another part of their psyche allowed them to operate a fairly clever, successful criminal career, mostly avoiding the law ! The Brain is a funny animal !

    • WestCoastFeed

      The word I use for her is “cunning.” I guess I mean she has a devious mind.

      • cait

        So socially, she’s a feckin’ disaster but legally she’s not as green as she’s cabbage-looking !

  • cait

    Stacy, was there something unethical or illegal about Jim Marchese telling eve

  • BuckJohnson

    Thank you Stacy, Teresa is cunning, she truly is. But she was so dumb socially to realize that if she would have told the judge or did what the judge ordered her to do she wouldn’t be in prison now and the judge said so. The judge thought about just giving her probation (no house arrest) but after what she did in court or didn’t do she thought Teresa was giving the finger to the judge.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Excellent points. “For a moment, I thought about probation until I read the government’s report. What you did in the financial disclosure really sticks in my craw. It’s what the court has a problem with. It shows blatant disrespect for the court,” elaborated Judge Salas. “Getting this financial information that I need to judge this case was like pulling teeth, it was the most difficult in all my years as a judge and as a lawyer,” Judge Salas said.

      • Norrth

        Thank you! Everyone who thinks she is in jail because of her husband misdeeds to PAY ATTENTION (a la Danielle Staub). I believe, based on the judge’s words, that it was clear that she was complicit in all of this. Everyone involved keeps talking about how she delayed submitting necessary docs and tried to avoid surrendering them. Why? I wouldn’t have trouble turning my documents over.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          Completely agree. In the end, it is what the judge says that matters and the sentence handed down. The fact that we have the judge’s own remarks to consider and evaluate is golden. The judge was not soft or hesitant in her findings. People forget that a judge made some very powerful findings and statements about the Giudices.

  • cheryl

    Teresa house is in foreclosure. filed with the court today, if that mortgage was part of the fraud conviction, will there be any more ramifications if the bank takes a loss?

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Yes! Great catch. I know our esteemed Editor is working on collecting facts for this story. Stay tuned!

  • Norrth

    It seems to me that Teresa went “attorney shopping” in the same way that addicts “doc shop” when they need new prescriptions. She didn’t want to turn her docs over to Kreidel, but then wanted him to file quickly – as if no one would notice that the tax forms and other forms were missing??? Right. I thought those actions spoke the loudest.

    • Stacy Slotnick

      Superlative understanding of the case. Bravo.

      • Norrth

        What happens to her if he can prove that her filing was filled with lies? It’s not perjury, but what would it be called? Would Kridel have the right to go after her for misrepresenting his work? Is it likely that he will counter or take action against her? It’s sad that people do this and get away with it.

        • Stacy Slotnick

          In theory, Mr. Kridel could go after Teresa for malicious prosecution (civil action) and defamation while asking the court to issue sanctions for attorney that filed a frivolous lawsuit, etc. He could file counterclaims and ask the court for attorney fees and sanctions. He has a variety of legal tools to use to offensively combat the claims against him if he so chooses.

          • Norrth

            Thanks, Stacy. I sure hope her current council warned her… or face a lawsuit as well!

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