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Global Law Firm Latham & Watkins Not Part of Eric George’s Defense Team

There was an error in the TLR’s previously published article (which since has been depublished) dealing with defendant Eric George.

The Leslie Brodie Report erroneously stated that Eric George is represented by Latham & Watkins.

In fact, Eric George is not represented by Latham & Watkins.  Instead, he is represented by lawyers (most former employees of Latham & Watkins)  from the Los Angeles-based Abelson & Herron.

We apologize for any inconvenience TLR’s note may have caused Latham & Watkins.

Latham & Watkins LLP is a global law firm, one of the largest in the world. Latham currently employs approximately 2,000 attorneys in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.[3] The firm was started in Los Angeles in 1934 and has extensive Californian roots, but its largest office is now in New York City. Please see more @:


Abelson & Herron sells itself as “a small firm with big firm attorneys.” Hence, one would expect a minimal level of professionalism and competency from Abelson & Herron and more specifically from “of counsel” Lisa Von Eschen. Not so.

Information obtained by The Leslie Brodie Report points to the following:

Eric George missed his deadline to file an answer to the suit, and only did so after a request for entry of default was submitted.

Additionally, rather then filing a verified answer to the verified complaint, Abelson & Herron filed a general denial alleging, among others, that the plaintiff is actually at fault since he had breached a residential contract with Eric George.

Later — and despite the fact that Eric George appeared in the action by virtue of filing a general denial relating to an imaginary real estate contract between himself and the plaintiff — Lisa Von Eschen still maintained that Eric George would not appear for an upcoming scheduled videotaped deposition because he had not been served with the complaint.

Eric George (son of Ronald George) and Alan Rothenberg, both of whom have strong ties to Bet Tzedek Legal Services of Los Angeles, stand accused (along with Holly Fujie) of masterminding a scheme by which some of the funds obtained from the California Bar Foundation and the State Bar of California totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars were embezzled.

As previously mentioned, serving along with Holly Fujie on the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission are Bet Tzedek board member David Lash of O’Melveny & Myers and, shockingly, Bonnie Rubin — vice president of 1st Century Bank who sources maintain are also likely to be named as defendants in the suit.


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Leslie Brodie is a reporter, writer, blogger, activist, and a religious leader in the community.


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