Oy, this is one you’ll get ribbed about by your out of town lawyer friends who just don’t “get” how we do things in Florida:
A distinguished group of Florida business and civic leaders is in Tallahassee this week brushing up on their leadership skills, attending a low country boil and rubbing elbows with past and prospective governors of the state.
In attendance as a member of Leadership Florida is none other than Stuart Rosenfeldt, the former law partner of Fort Lauderdale’s con man extraordinaire, Scott Rothstein.
Rosenfeldt is one of 55 hand-picked members of the leadership organization’s current class, apparently chosen before his Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler law firm collapsed in bankruptcy last fall and his ex-partner went to a federal lock-up for running a $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.
Rosenfeldt has denied any knowledge of the scam but is under investigation by the Florida Bar and is being sued by lawyers handling the law firm’s bankruptcy, who contend he was grossly overpaid with proceeds from the Ponzi scheme and must repay $9.5 million.
Rosenfeldt could not be reached late Thursday afternoon. He’s a registered guest at the Doubletree Hotel in Tallahassee, where the Leadership Florida conference is being held.
Question — is this the right time for Stu to be participating in something like this?Related — maybe Leadership Florida ought to put Stu in next year’s class and allow these allegations to play themselves out?
One more — who’s going to play Stu in the movie?