Erika Girardi’s Husband Tom Girardi Sued For Defrauding Clients Out Of $130 Million! #RHOBH

Posted on Mar 31 2016 - 11:09am by Dani-K

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Erika Girardi’s lawyer-husband may be in need of a lawyer of his own. The husband of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, became famous years before his wife for working on the famed Erin Brockovich case against Pacific Gas & Electric. But now Thomas Girardi (76) and his law firm Girardi-Keese are being sued for allegedly defrauding clients out of millions of dollars won in a class-action suit.

Here’s what happened: From 1992 to 2001, Girardi-Keese represented employees of Lockheed Corporation in a legal battle with the company over chemical exposure. A settlement was eventually reached in 2001 totaling $130 million for the plaintiffs.

The lawsuit alleges it’s a case of “conspiracy, criminal fraud, theft and breach of trust in which Thomas V. Girardi, Girardi-Keese, a well-known plaintiff’s law firm (‘Girardi’), and other attorneys and employees of Girardi-Keese participated in and aided and abetted a scheme to defraud their clients by charging excessive fees and costs and fraudulently converting settlement proceeds to which Plaintiff and other clients.”

So, what took so long for this to come out? Its 2016, this case was settled in 2001. The current attorney, Paul Kranich, states that the plaintiffs have had legal issues with Girardi and his firm dating back to 2001 when the settlement was originally reached. During litigation over these “legal issues” it was discovered that Girardi and his law firm spent funds from the Lockheed case deemed as “improper.”

Specifics include: $250,000 to an aviation company owned by Girardi, $350,000 to Western Bank for ‘fees’, $50 to an associate at the firm who never worked on the Lockheed case, $1 million to ‘Global Client Payments’ and allegedly more than $827,000 to ‘Lockheed Litigation’ plaintiffs – and even a $500,000 payment on a real estate escrow in which Girardi was involved and was unrelated to the Lockheed litigation.

The plaintiffs’ attorney is accusing Girardi of lying about payments made and using the money in unrelated areas. Another example, $100,000 was reportedly paid to a man believed to be Girardi’s divorce attorney – he has two ex-wives and has been married to Erika for 17 years.

The suit is demanding $50 million in compensatory, general damages, restitution and punitive damages. The lawsuit states that Girardi charged 40% when he had agreed to “accept only one-third in fees on many of the settlements.”

Girardi has been practicing law for more than 50 years with his firm specializing in personal injury, business, employment and environmental law. In the case against Pacific Gas & Electric he won a $333 million settlement for the 650 residents of Hinkley, California.

These things happen in business, but one has to wonder, if it weren’t for Erika’s newfound fame from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, would we be reading about this now.

 

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  • chacha1

    Good, throw his horny old ass in prison and let his skank wife go live with her new BFF Yolanda

    • BigBrothersMother

      I’ll bet Erika is more for show these days.

      • MidwestMiddie

        IF so, he really is an old fool. Men his age with wives like Erika
        are not envied by others but are the butt of common jokes. His
        marriage diminishes him, personally not professionally.
        Deep down I think he wishes he had a wife like Lisa Vanderpump.

        • Blackheath

          I definitely agree with you on this. But I think Lisa would be too much woman for him, LVP would not have sat idly by like Erika did when Tom admonished Erika. I think LVP would have tightened his crinkly ass up!

        • BigBrothersMother

          Can you imagine what his clients think when they meet his wife?

          • MidwestMiddie

            Costly Maintenance.
            : )

          • Blackheath

            Clients are probably thinking they are going to lose!

          • teri keller

            Old bore with an old hoar

        • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

          He has a younger, prettier, and much nicer wife than LVP. He called Lisa an alligator, and just because of her skin!

          • MidwestMiddie

            When he said Lisa reminded him of an alligator, he explained
            why he said it and he wasn’t referring to her skin. Watch the video.
            Meanwhile, he told his wife to be quiet or go to her room……LOL

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            I know , I’m just being flip. That was hilarious, but when you marry an old geezer for money, I guess you have to take the bad with the good. I know I couldn’t do it. BTW, I’ve always liked that like me, you take all these reality tv people with a grain of salt:-)

          • MidwestMiddie

            No one over a certain age should ever discuss skin, skin tone, etc..
            : )

  • LuxLuxLux

    WELL! Didn’t take long for the skeletons to fall out the closet now did it!

    I love it! Keep spilling that TEA AATT!

  • MidwestMiddie

    I think lawsuits he is working on or those brought against him are what keeps this old man
    alive and kicking. His plastic wife is barely a thought and probably not worth the effort
    of filing for a divorce. Do they see each other more than 12 times a year?
    One thing is for certain —- Mr. Giraridi never talked down to Erin Brockovich in the same
    way he talks down to his wife, Erika Jayane. Erin would have dealt so harshly with him, he’d
    still be spinning.
    By the time she got things in order ……any lawyer could have handled that major
    Class Action Lawsuit and won. She did the work. She put in the blood, sweat and tears.
    Gerardi was simply the lucky lawyer nearby ……. and he knows it.

    • chacha1

      Exactly !!! He was at the right place at the right time …..

    • Just a jersey girl

      Hi MWM,
      Spot on! No more words to be said. Exactly she did the work.

      • MidwestMiddie

        Giraridi and his law firm are fierce and highly regarded but I think he
        was handed this case by the very young Erin Brockovich. She did work it.
        He probably wishes the movie title had been, “Tom Gerardi.”
        : )

        • RHONJ Fan

          I don’t think Erin handled this case. I could be wrong but I think this lawsuit was after her time woking with Tom.

          • MidwestMiddie

            She couldn’t legally “handle” the case because she is not a lawyer.
            My comment means she did the research and leg work and
            compilation of facts.

          • RHONJ Fan

            I know who Erin Brockovich is and I’m aware she’s not lawyer. What I mean is that I don’t believe she acted as paralegal on this case.

          • MidwestMiddie

            When Masey handed over the case to Geradi’s firm, it went into
            arbitration so I doubt Erin was involved. She was self-taught….not
            even sure if she was licensed back then or if you had to be.

          • MidwestMiddie

            Are you referring to the Class Action against Lockheed Martin or Pacific Gas and Electric?

          • Verda

            I think RHONJ Fan is referring to the Lockheed case whereas you are referring to PG&E. Lol It was getting a little confusing.

          • MidwestMiddie

            Yes…….we figured out that we were talking “apples and oranges.”
            LOL

    • Perturbed

      I don’t know where exactly Tom Girardi fit into the Erin Brockovich case. In the movie, the attorney’s name was Ed Masry. Perhaps a business partner? Just don’t recall his name being mentioned. Hmmm.

      • MidwestMiddie

        I think Mr. Masry, a lawyer, realized Erin had put together damaging facts against a major Utility Company and they needed help. I think he contacted
        Tom Gerardi’s law firm and brought them in.

        • RHONJ Fan

          This is why I think you’re mistaken about Erin Brockovich acting as paralegal on this case. Lockheed Martin is not a Utility Company.

          • Mags

            Lockheed Martin is an aviation company, with a large percentage of Department of Defense work.

          • RHONJ Fan

            Um, I’m well aware of that hence my comment it’s not a utility company but thanks for the definition.

          • MidwestMiddie

            I never said Erin was a paralegal working with Gerardi when Masey handed over the Utility case to Geradi’s firm. I’m not taking about Lockheed Martin.

          • MidwestMiddie

            ????????

          • RHONJ Fan

            Sorry, my error. I’m mixing up different cases.

          • MidwestMiddie

            No Problem …….we were talking at cross purposes. LOL
            : )

        • Perturbed

          Thanks MM & BigBrother! I’ve always been curious about how Girardi fit into that case.

      • BigBrothersMother

        Gerardi was brought in to try the case by Masry. Peter Coyote supposedly played Gerardi in the movie, but they used a different name for his character.

      • JrzShoreLady

        The character that Peter Coyote played (Kurt Potter) represents Tom Girardi in the movie.

    • teri keller

      Nodding in approval 👏👏👏

  • So this is how Tom made his millions! The Girardis fit right with the other Bravo frauds.

  • Just a jersey girl

    Okay another Felon brought to you by Bravo! He should be charged and go to jail for this. Horrible taking money from people who are sick from chemical exposure.

  • RHONJ Fan

    This explains the mansion (with a chapel in it), the private jets and how his wife’s “career” is funded. All on stolen money. I hope he faces criminal charges for this.

    • BigBrothersMother

      West Coast Guidices?

      • RHONJ Fan

        Perfect name lol.

  • BigBrothersMother

    Lawyers make a lot more $$$ on class action cases than any of the plaintiffs. I’m wondering if the 1/3 fee didn’t include expenses. That could explain how the fee got up to 40%.

    • JustSayin

      Exactly. I don’t know how class action suits work, specifically, but in most cases that work on a contingency fee basis, the “fee” is only the attorneys time, the client is usually still on the hook for “costs” – like filings fees, copy/print fees, the cost of any expert witnesses (god help you if they’re doctors, they charge big bucks for just an HOUR of their time – and demand payment in advance).

  • Chloe

    Does this mean Erika will have to get a job.

    • MidwestMiddie

      LOL

    • Blackheath

      She would clean up finding work on the pole!

      • 💚.

        Just another form of patting the puss.

    • RHONJ Fan

      She can go back to “cock”tail waitressing.

      • chacha1

        LOL

  • Mags

    WOW! Really, another Bravo crook….SMDH! Hell of a way to end a successful career!

  • sideof Sour Cream

    Lmao! This is too funny. No wonder gramps has been so pissy lately…

    • Blackheath

      That’s Mickey Rooney to you! Hehehehe, I cannot take owner ship of that one.

      • sideof Sour Cream

        I don’t get it?

        • Blackheath

          Sorry! Another commentor posted that they thought Tom Girardi looked like the actor Mickey Rooney. I was just doing a play off of your ‘gramps’.

          • sideof Sour Cream

            oh! ok. yeah, I can see a little Micky Rooney there. But to me, he looks just like this GOD AWFUL neighbor we have up at our lake place. Just a bitter old jerk, who ALSO recently came upon some financial hardship, which is sort of interesting now that I think about it….
            but I digress 🙂
            and I’m rambling.

            carry on…
            🙂

          • Blackheath

            Sweetheart, you are far from a rambler, now me on the other hand……..;)

          • sideof Sour Cream

            🙂

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            … add me to that one! That’s why I hate twitter. I’m too long winded!

          • Blackheath

            😉 Love it!

    • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

      Gramps …. hahahha. I wish he were my gramps.

  • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

    (VERY) rich people’s problems. Lawsuits are brought on all the time … especially when their wives become superstars! This is much ado about nuttin’.

    • sideof Sour Cream

      Not to mention, what lawyer DOESN’T over bill?

      • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

        Hey girl! How’s every little thang?

        • sideof Sour Cream

          can’t complain. (which is rare)

          and you?

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            Other than some chest pain and stress, I’m ok. My card wants to give me nitroglycerin tabs, but I refuse.

          • sideof Sour Cream

            I have them in my medicine cabinet. Try benedryl, magnesium/potassium and copious amounts of vit. B. They regulate BP. Benedryl slows down heart rate.

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            I do take Benedyl (those bright pink bad boys) for my sinus headaches and to sleep at night. ONE knocks me on my ass and I sleep like a baby and if the shortness of breath hits me, sometimes some Xanax and a few shots of Moscato. Saw my card yesterday (6 mo anniversary of my event) and she says I’m going fine, but I still think something is wrong. I STILL don’t feel normal.

          • sideof Sour Cream

            Well first of all, don’t take no for an answer. Keep going back and calling but in the mean time, do load up on vitamins. They really do work on muscle issues and the heart is a muscle. Everyone in my family has heart disease and eventually dies from it, so we have a lot of tricks on how to get through the day. lol. funny, not funny? haha.

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            Mine too sista~ Every (male) member has been cracked open by their 40th Birthdays; my dad, my uncle, cousins etc; I had a (serious) heart attack but they were able to save me and stent me. Funny u mention vitamins; others posters have told me to get on Ubinqual and Krill and Magnesium. My card said STICK TO THE MEDS I PRECRIBE YOU! But she did say fish oil pill wouldn’t hurt. She wants me to take up Yoga too, because I’m so ‘high strung’. Hard to believe I know. Hahahaha

          • sideof Sour Cream

            My grandfather and 4 of my uncles are/were MDs. So in my family we don’t listen to DRs. lol! But that’s not good advice so you should probably stick to what your doc says.
            One thing that isn’t a vitamin, organic Apple Cider Vinegar (the kind with the brown gunk on the bottom of the bottle) is said to help rip the plaque out of arteries. Who knows but it can’t hurt.

            Yoga sucks. But it does make you feel better.

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            How do you consume said Apple Cider Vinegar? Also, have you done yoga?

          • sideof Sour Cream

            I put it in tea instead of lemon. Also use it whenever I can for salad dressings, etc. Just basically any beverage you’d squeeze a lemon in, put in a couple teaspoons of vinegar.
            I started taking it for joint pain, and I can’t be sure but I’m pretty sure it cured it. (no more pain) Then I read awhile ago that it helps arteries as well and that just made sense to me.

            Yes. I did Yoga for 3 years or so. Until my fave teach quit and the new one was too touchy-feely and serious. It annoys the hell out of me when people take exercise seriously.
            It really does calm you down though, and the next day, you feel like million bucks.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Take an aspirin. You should take an 81mg one (baby aspirin) every day for maintenance, but if you are having symptoms, take 1 or 2 regular ones. Hopefully they will help.
            Also, if you are having palpitations, try elevating your legs (above heart level) and also try pinching your nose and blowing with your mouth closed. (Almost like you are clearing your ears). It sometimes “resets” your heart rhythm and can stop the palpitations. If nothing is helping, you should go to the ER or cardiologist ASAP.

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            Yes I’m on an aspirin a day along with 5 other meds. I’ll try elevating my legs and thanks for the suggestions!♥

          • Why is this happening to us?

            You’re welcome! I hope you feel better soon!
            I suffer from bouts of palpitations and have heart issues, and the holding the nose & blowing with mouth closed really works for me. It sometimes stops the palpitations immediately (within seconds). It’s worth a shot- no medicine involved! 🙂
            PS- I was an EMT for 15 plus years and I’m a respiratory therapist. Just in case you were wondering…lol. I don’t just give out medical advice and not know what I’m speaking of. 🙂

          • sideof Sour Cream

            Thank you for this Why. I usually just COUGH and it works but I will try your trick as well. 🙂

          • Why is this happening to us?

            A good deep cough is very effective as well. I forgot to tell him that! 🙂
            Whatever works for you is the best way to do it! I hope you are well 😊
            You could try any of those things…I have also heard of people drinking very cold water or taking a cold shower! I don’t think I could do that! Lol
            It’s always best to try natural remedies and then use the medication as a last resort. Anxiety has a lot to do with it too. People don’t even realize how much stress & anxiety can affect the heart and the body. Also, cutting back on caffeine is smart too.
            I actually weaned myself off of caffeine years ago because I was getting shaky all the time from drinking too much coffee at work. Now I drink decaf coffee (I know it has some caffeine) and caffeine free beverages. It has helped a lot with my palpitations.

          • sideof Sour Cream

            I did the same with caffeine after drinking a redbull then having a panic attack at the grocery store. It was terrifying and I felt I was having a heart attack.
            The hardest for me to quit was diet coke. I can live without coffee but there’s just something about those fizzy brown bubbles that puts a monkey on my back! 😉

            Thanks Why and I hope you are well too. 🙂

          • Why is this happening to us?

            That’s scary! I’m sure it did feel like a heart attack! There is a big controversy about those energy drinks because lots of kids (teens) are drinking them because they think they’re cool (like Monster and Red Bull) but little do they realize the excessive caffeine can be dangerous.

            I know exactly how you feel about the Diet Coke! Lol. I was just telling Nick’s daughter that I can’t stop drinking my caffeine free Diet Pepsi. It’s definitely the monkey on my back! 😕🐵🙈🙉🙊 Its my one vice that I can’t seem to give up. When we travel overseas, I can’t always get it and when I can, it doesn’t taste the same because it is made outside the country. I can’t wait to get home to the US to have those fizzy brown bubbles of goodness! lol
            I’m drinking some now ☺️ Cheers!

          • sideof Sour Cream

            Where are you Why?
            (what a strange sentence, huh? 🙂

          • Why is this happening to us?

            Lol…I have been in and out just reading different articles. I just finished giving myself a nice pedicure! Lol. I didn’t polish them, but I soaked and took the old polish off, etc. I might treat myself to a mani/pedi tomorrow.
            Getting ready for bed now. How are you doing?
            I didn’t really go on AATT much tonight. Did I miss anything?

          • sideof Sour Cream

            I don’t know. Fell asleep early (for me), and woke up just now cause the wind is blowing here! It must have snowed as well. All of a sudden it’s 35* here and blustery.
            No,
            I was asking you, since you said you are not in the States right now, Where are you? as in, what country? 🙂

          • Why is this happening to us?

            No, I live in the US- in NYC. I’m here now. I do travel abroad sometimes and have trouble finding my Diet Pepsi. Lol.
            We go to Aruba every year and I bought the Diet Pepsi in the supermarket down there. I took a drink of it when we got back to the hotel and I spit it out! It was horrid! Super sweet and tasted totally different than what I buy here. I looked on the back of the bottle and it was made in Jamaica! Now I make sure when I buy it out of the country that it is manufactured and bottled in the US. It makes a difference!
            Where are you?

          • sideof Sour Cream

            MN.
            Diet coke tastes different everywhere as well.
            Went to Aruba once. really lovely and perfect sand. but too windy for me. I don’t like wind . But I enjoyed Aruba because of the downtown area. it was fun.

          • Why is this happening to us?

            It is windy in Aruba. I love it because I hate the heat! lol. The wind allows me sit on the beach and be comfortable, but I love to spend most of my time in the water. (With my caffeine free Diet Pepsi 🙂 lol). My husband laughs at me because when we are in the supermarket, I have to check all the cans and bottles to see where they are made. Lol. Last year I found ones from NY! Sometimes they have them from TX too- those are good ones too. The Jamaica ones- 😝
            There is always a breeze (trade winds), but there have been days where it’s so windy, you can’t sit on the beach due to the sand whipping around. Those days aren’t so common- it depends what time of year you go.
            We love it there. Our friends have time shares there and we always go with a big group. We have lots of fun. Wish I were there right now! We are expecting cold temps and snow! Just when we thought spring was here!

      • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

        Unfortunately, so many loiyas are indeed scum of the earth – some of course more than others. I don’t know enough about Gramps to have an opinion. But I do know that famous people are targeted every day of their lives. It just comes with the territory.

      • Blackheath

        Very true!

    • RHONJ Fan

      I beg to differ. Read up on this particular case. This could send the Girardi’s to the poor house.

      • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

        I believe anything I read on the internet, especially when it comes to reality tv gossip.

        • RHONJ Fan

          That’s logical.

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            Don’t be mean to me; we RHONJ fans need to ban together!

      • Betty

        Lol Not quite. The lawsuit has already been dismissed. 😉

    • 💚.

      Miss Slutastic ISN’T a superstar, not by any stretch of the imagination.

      • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

        She is with my people. Hey, anwer a question for me; what is that box thingee in your avi and what everyone is using these days?

        • 💚.

          Your people? Is this Bravo Mike? I haven’t a clue what you mean by box thingy.

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            I can never hide:-) I’m always recognized! Such pitfalls of blogosphere superstardom; it’s a cross I must bear. Gosh I Bravo Mike was 5 screen names ago. Is there another screen name I might recognize you as?

        • JustSayin

          I think it’s a heart that you’re talking about. If you see a small box with an x it usually means the person is using a graphic your device doesn’t recognize. Like emojis.

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            Oh! I make a heart like this ♥

          • JustSayin

            I can see it =)
            Hers is green. I was going to upload a screenshot to show you, but it looks like the post would get held up for moderation, and ain’t nobody got time for that!

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            Tell it Sweet Brown! LoLoL

          • JustSayin

            Gotta love someone who gets random internet meme references 😉

          • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

            I have a feeling we’re the only two!

    • Marsbars09

      Hi JNCB! I insinuated the same thing.

      • JustNotCrazyAboutBitches

        Brilliant minds think alike:P

        • Marsbars09

          Yes indeed!

  • doggiedaddy

    Bravo sure knows how to pick’em!

  • Marsbars09

    You’re right Dani. This is probably not the first time Granddaddy has been sued, but is making headlines because Erika is on TV.
    I wonder if this “scandal” will secure Erika another season of RHBH. God, I sure hope not. (eyeroll)

    • RonnieRIB

      Exactly!!! Hey Marsie!!!

      • Marsbars09

        Hey Ronnie! How are doing honey? It’s been a long time since we’ve last chatted.

        • RonnieRIB

          I’s murried again….lol still working like a slave but at a different firm (actually a much better one so instead of being in the field I am now in the house lol) but all is well. About to go to the Cayman Islands in another month for a getaway with hubby.

          How have you been?

  • Maezeppa

    It takes years to bring a suit like this but I don’t think it will amount to much as other rulings have found there are too few Plaintiffs to justify a “class” action. Time will tell.

    • teri keller

      I don’t doubt that as most pf hos clients are dying because of the chemicals

      • Maezeppa

        Not so.

  • Pandora403

    Another day. Another housewife “scandal.” Why do people go on TV when they have all these skeletons in their closets?

  • chacha1

    Actually Tommy Dead Salami looks like a rat ….. ys, very rodent like features

    • Why is this happening to us?

      🐀🐀🐀 lol

      Hi Chacha!

      • chacha1

        Hi

        • Why is this happening to us?

          🙋🏻 Hope you had a Happy Easter! 🙂

  • Why is this happening to us?

    The good news is, he’ll probably be long gone before he actually has to pay anyone!

    Miss Puss might suffer the consequences….no more glam squad and private jet! Looks like this is how they were paying for that jet after all! Lol

  • BetteDavisEyez1

    It never ceases to amaze me how many people with skeletons in their closets jump at the chance to have their lives featured on reality tv.
    These fame whores live to be in the spotlight. Everyone knows that when you are a public figure, everything from your background to your finances will be researched. Your family members that haven’t even signed on to be apart of the show gets researched. Is it really worth it?!?

  • RonnieRIB

    Wow Erika brought this upon herself and big daddy with all that bragging about private jets, glam squad and him tossing money at her for playtime with the pussycats….

    A damn shame if he is guity…usually plaintiff’s attorneys will get 1/3 or bill on a contigency fee basis…he must have had some hellava “costs” which are separate from fees…..

    I saw this chit on Good Morning America and was laughing my azz off..

    Karma…

    Now who is going to shush whom…..I can see YoLemons slowlllly backing away from Princess Cunty Cat…

    • chacha1

      I bet Yo-nuts went to Bora Bora on Tommy’s plane since he owns an aviation company

      • RonnieRIB

        You know this!!! she loves to use the Hollywood friends…probably driving GiGi cray and I am sure she asked Bella to put her on the list for the BET Awards since she is still “dating” The Weekend….

        She and ErikaCat were never besties..YoLemons needed an ally with money because Brandi’s nasty azz is brokella and cannot compete with the other rich bishes…not even with Taylor who landed her another big fish….

  • chacha1

    Does anyone know if Tommy Dead Salami has children, I know he has 2 ex-wives but ?

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