Los Angeles & Santa Monica Business Trial Lawyers | The Cowan Law Firm
Victory Over Famed Los Angeles “Pit Bull” Law Firm
A disbarred Midwestern lawyer turned Hollywood “producer” lied about his credentials and successes to trick a wealthy Northern California investor and a young Los Angeles actress into doing business with him. The lawyer/con artist (who had been disbarred in two other states for stealing client money) was a smooth talker with a professional web site that he used to help sell his deceits. Because the investor and actress initially believed the disbarred lawyer's tall tales (e.g., he had produced Arnold Schwarzenegger movies and regularly dined with the “head” of Paramount Studios), they gave him an interest in a film they had produced while also investing hundreds of thousands of dollars in new projects. The disbarred lawyer then embezzled much of the money.
The Cowan Law Firm Countersues LA “Pit Bull” Law Firm for Fraud and Conversion
Eventually of course, the investor and actress discovered they were being cheated. When they told others in the entertainment community, the disbarred lawyer hired a Los Angeles entertainment law firm famous for its aggressive tactics. The “pit bull” law firm sued the defrauded investor and actress for defamation. They then hired The Cowan Law Firm - which promptly counter-sued for fraud and conversion (i.e., theft). Jeffrey Cowan and Ilana Makovoz rolled up their sleeves by interviewing witnesses and getting signed sworn statements and key documents - as well as a video of the disbarred lawyer's web site depicting some of his lies. At a court-ordered mediation in the summer of 2007, the lawsuit settled with the disbarred lawyer paying six figures to our clients.