In a malpractice andÂ theftÂ lawsuitÂ filedÂ today in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Eileen Kasman claims the high-profile Boca Raton firm of Weiss, Handler, Angelos and Cornwell ripped her off duringÂ her two-year divorce from Lewis. Partner Henry Handler and attorney Carol Kartagener are also named as defendants.
Lewis is actually helpingÂ his ex-missusÂ in the lawsuit, and may even be a witness. That could be a problem since Lewis, Gotti‘s godson,Â is trying to fly below the radar. In order to stay out of jail,Â Lewis reportedlyÂ turned FBI informant and ratted out Gotti‘s son, John A. Gotti Jr.Â The latter isÂ living a suburban life on Long Island after three mistrials.
“They (the lawfirm) basicallyÂ charged herÂ whatever my ex-wife was entitled to in the divorce settlement,” Kasman told Gossip ExtraÂ by telephone.Â ”And that’s $500,000! They made her believe I had all this cash when I didn’t.”
Eileen Kasman‘s lawyer, Bennett Cohn, sent a claim letter to Weiss Handler before preparing the lawsuit. He was asking for $1.5 million! Among his allegations: That Kartagener ran up the tab with unnecessary expert witnesses, lied to judges and had Lewis sent to jail for nine days for no good reason.
Among the witnesses expected to be called to testify: Lewis’ divorce lawyers Joel Weissman and Barry Roderman as well as Judge Martin Colin. The lawsuit could be embarrassing for the latter since Colin was forced to recuse himself from the case. He had strong ties to Weiss Handler that weren’t revealed immediately, including that Handler was on his election committee.