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“It’s time to restore justice,” said Attorney Michael Mandelbrot. ”

“The Appeal has been filed and it’s time to get this corrupt judgement overturned.”

Mandelbrot Opening Brief

“These lawyers who run the Thorpe Insulation Settlement Trust, Western Asbestos, J.T. Thorpe, Inc. Settlement Trust and Plant Insulation Settlement Trust are the most corrupt, biased, conflicted, and ‘not’ disinterested lawyers in the Country. Not only have they engaged in tyranny and fraud, but they’ve misappropriated millions of dollars from the beneficiaries (victims of asbestos disease) while acting as Fiduciaries of the Trust,” added Mandelbrot.

“I think the chances of the Appeal overturning the wholly corrupt Judgment against me are excellent. I’m confident the Appellate Justices will see the the judgment is void under California Law. And then it will be time for the Corrupt Lawyers to own up to their misconduct. You look at every Fiduciary who oversees the Thorpe Trusts and each one has a conflict of interest and ‘no legal right’ to even work at the Trust. But through fraud, perjured affidavits and conflicts, they get appointed and misappropriate millions. And this list of lawyers involved is extensive – For example:

  1. Gary Fergus ( – Corrupt Lawyer – Former Defense Lawyer for Brobeck who is not a disinterested party. Former partner with Steven Snyder who manages the Trust. Has no business working for any Trust and has misappropriated over 5 million dollars. A complete buffoon.
  2. Steven Snyder ( Snyder - Corrupt Lawyer – The most corrupt and dishonest lawyer you will ever come across.
  3. Alan Brayton ( – My Former Employer who has used these Trusts as his personal piggy bank to the tune of approximately 500 million dollars. Asked me and other attorneys to engage in fraud, misconduct and corruption. I left this horrible law firm in 1999 after I discovered this rampant fraud. Brayton was later caught (see Kananian).Manville Letter Exhibit – Brayton Fraud┬áHanna Order

The Trust’s responsive brief to Mandelbrot’s Appeal is due in 14 days.

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Petaluma lawyer Stephen Healy has been sued by the Mandelbrot Law Firm.
Filed Complaint – Mandelbrot v. Healy.pdf

Despite being sued – Healy has continued to unethically solicit Mandelbrot clients.

“The Complaint provides a good description of the misconduct of Stephen Healy,” said attorney Michael Mandelbrot. “He’s one of the most despicable attorneys I’ve ever come across.”

Apparently, this isn’t the first time Healy has committed misconduct.
Nevada Court Order – Healy Abandonment.pdf

Another link to Healy abandonment case (Butler)
Nevada Case – Healy haphazard and client abandoner.pdf

HarrisMartin-Article-Brayton Nevada Case.pdf

The case Mandelbrot v. Healy is proceeding in Marin County Superior Court before the Honorable Judge Haakenson.

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UPDATE – 12/16/2016 – Jennifer Morales continues to engage in extensive fraud and bad faith. While she may tout herself as a “Partner” and an “Established Lawyer”, she is someone who has ‘earned her stripes’ by enabling fraud and harming the victims of asbestos diseases by misappropriating monies (her extensive billings, favoring lawyers), lying to Trustees and through bad faith. And for those who know this individual personally (whether family, friends – if she has any, school mates, Country Club buddies or otherwise), Morales is a bad lawyer, a fraud and if you really knew the misconduct she engaged in, you’d think so too…. And for my hundreds of clients/claimants who want more details on the specific fraud engaged in by Morales and how it’s harmed you, please contact me at anytime.
For those local to Morales, please note her strong ties as well other corrupt local lawyers Karen Campbell Levine and (especially – the biggest liar) Marla Eskin.

On 8/18/15, Jennifer Morales requested this post be taken down. I believe her words were “…needless to say, the post should be taken down…”

RESPONSE- 8/19/15 – “Needless to say” the damage caused by Ms. Morales in her position as “lawyer” of asbestos bankruptcy trust to my clients, my office, and victims of asbestos diseases far exceeds any “inflammation” by the accurate post below. Morales, although having no authority to do so, has “suspended” and prohibited thousands of claims with Trusts she oversees and in the process harming hundreds of asbestos victims rights. Morales has then attempted to ‘justify’ her unethical conduct by citing inapplicable rules and codes. If there is anything in the post below that she finds inaccurate, I will gladly remove it. Simply put – she has been running these Trusts through Tyranny.

“Don’t become a lawyer – they are all corrupt.”

We all heard it prior to entering law school. I thought they were wrong. I’ve now learned in my 24 years as an attorney – at least in asbestos bankruptcy trust litigation – they were right.

The list of Corrupt Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust Attorneys and Fiduciaries is extensive. In my experience – these are the “worst of the worst” – individuals who can’t follow simple rules, engage in collusion, bad faith dealings and misconduct. Collectively, a group of liars and perjurers, not just to lawyers and victims of asbestos diseases – but often the Court.

Each Attorney or Fiduciary on this list is extremely well compensated almost solely from Trust funds set aside for victims of asbestos diseases. And each has utilized bad faith dealings, collusion, and adverse relationships to harm the asbestos victims and misappropriate funds (through bad faith billing) from the beneficiaries they are paid to protect.

With $30,000,000,000 in Trust funds for victims from all over the United States – isn’t this a matter of public interest? How could someone not notice? They will. It’s just a matter of time CORRUPT LAWYER IN THIS POSTING –
1. Jennifer Morales ( - Corrupt Lawyer.jpeg
Notable Career Accomplishments: Very little. – From her own firm bio – It does appear as if she won an award at the YMCA one time.

Trusts Morales “oversees” through Fraud:
1. Celotex Trust 2. Raytech Trust 3. Armstrong Trusts 4. Many Others – Delaware Trusts 5. A.P. Green Notable Corruption and Fraud by Morales:
1. A liar and perjurer to Mandelbrot, claimants, claimant’s attorneys and the Court (by failing in her oath to act as a Fiduciary)
2. Suspends victims claims (represented by Mandelbrot) arbitrarily while paying fraudulent claims to corrupt lawyers (bias)
3. Acts unauthorized as if the Trusts were funded for her (misappropriation of funds through fraudulent billing). See Court Transcript depicting unauthorized conduct:Manville Transcript – 7-16-2015 – key portions highlighted.pdf
4. Harasses lawyers (Mandelbrot) in order to use Trusts as her personal piggy bank and justify her unethical acts 5. Misrepresents facts related to Mandelbrot to justify her corrupt actions, including defaming Mandelbrot related to claim filing.
6. Attempted extortion to harm claimants attorneys (after improperly suspending claims, sought $150,000 from me just so she could perform an audit – when I refused, more unauthorized conduct followed
Other Notes:
1. Works closely with corrupt Trust lawyer Marla Eskin ( to carry out corruption. Eskin is just as bad, if not worse than Morales.
2. Rude-repugnant generally – Seems to think she is an ‘elitist’ with no respect for lawyers and victms 3. Can’t follow simple rules in Trust Distribution Procedures (by suspending Mandelbrot claims) which she’s paid to follow 4. An embarrassment to all female lawyers by utilizing her position to commit fraud. Morales seemingly ‘broke the glass ceiling’ with her status as a “partner” at Law Firm. However, her utilization of this role to carry out unethical conduct and enable ongoing corruption is embarrassing. And not doubt the Trustees of the Trusts she oversees found a perfect enabler in Ms. Morales.

Recent Lies by Morales – (from her own letter dated August 18, 2015)
We take this opportunity to remind you that it was Mandelbrot who prevented the Trusts from conducting a full audit of the claims he previously submitted (and then withdrew) by refusing to indemnify the Trusts for the costs of the audit. As has been repeatedly explained to Mandelbrot and his various counsel, including your law firm, the Trusts’ beneficiaries should not have to bear the costs of an audit brought about by Mandelbrot’s own actions.
The Truth:
Mandelbrot has always been willing to undergo an audit. Morales tried to extort $150,000 from Mandelbrot prior to the audit.Mandelbrot refused to pay. Mandelbrot has never ‘prevented’ an audit and has always welcomed audits. This exemplifies another Morales lie (to Trustees, lawyers and the Court).

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Corrupt Asbestos Trust Lawyer – Kathleen Campbell Davis (Campbell and Levine)

If you have filed a claim with the General Motors (MLC) Trust or A.P. Green Trust – watch out – the lawyer overseeing this Trust is one of the most dishonest in the Country.

Plaintiff lawyers and victims of asbestos diseases – Watch out for Kathleen Campbell Davis! She’s lurking. Dishonest. An “Enabler” of Trust fraud. Someone who can’t follow simple rules.Someone who harms the beneficiaries she is paid to protect. Shady. Conspires in bad faith. An embarrassment to female attorneys.

Let me introduce you to Kathleen Campbell Davis. – Dishonest Attorney


“Literally despicable is the best way I can describe Kathleen Campbell Davis” said experienced asbestos plaintiff’s attorney Michael Mandelbrot. “In my years of dealing with her, Campbell Davis has done everything possible to harm the individuals she is paid to protect, collude with other lawyers and law Firms and displayed a complete inability to follow simple rules.” continued Mandelbrot.

So who is Karen Campbell Davis? Apparently, the only real legal job she’s ever held is the one for her current Firm Campell and Levine ( where she has worked since 2002. At some point, apparently due to reaching billable hour goals, Campbell Davis was ‘named’ a partner at the Firm. Currently, Campbell Davis – as an attorney – represents “Asbestos Trusts” set up pursuant to Chapter 11 of U.S. Bankruptcy Code designed to compensate thousands of victims diseases. This is tremendous position of “power” as there is “billions” of dollars in these Asbestos Trusts for victims of asbestos diseases. Specific Asbestos Trusts where Campbell Davis is the attorney include but are not limited to include the General Motors Asbestos Trust (Motor Liquidation Trust) and the C.E. Thurston Trust. Campbell Davis, according the website, also won an award at some point in her career in “feminist legal theory.”

Why is Campbell Davis so bad as a lawyer? “I just wish she could follow simple Trust rules. She clearly can’t,” said Mandelbrot. “And by colluding with other lawyers, she literally harms the victims of asbestos diseases she is paid to protect. For the past year, in bad faith, she has violated the Trust Rules she is paid millions to uphold and literally suspended my claims.” said Mandelbrot. “Finally, when the Chief Bankruptcy Judge in New York (Hon. Cecelia G. Morris – Southern District) indicated that this conduct was wholly unauthorized, Campbell did nothing. Not only was the suspension in bad faith, but the continuation of it borders on criminal conduct and is definitely unethical. But that doesn’t stop Campbell Davis.”Manville Transcript – 7-16-2015 – key portions highlighted.pdf

Apparently, extortion isn’t beyond Campbell Davis either. “After she suspended my claims while concurrently billing the trust thousands of dollars, she then tried to extort claims from office.” said Mandelbrot. “Campbell Davis literally told me the only way the General Motors Trust would review claims for my office is if I transferred them to another attorney. She was using her ‘position of power’ to extort claims and clients from my office. Clearly, despicable conduct by any lawyer.” said Mandelbrot. “It’s time this corrupt and despicable lawyer has been exposed.”

Cambell Davis’s Goal – To Bill the Trusts (APG/GM) as much as possible which engaging in bad faith. No doubt her attitude is that “if I can just peal away a few million from each of these Trusts, no one will ever notice….”

Let’s just hope the State Bar, Department of Justice, or her clients act soon. And for those feminists out there – can this person possibly be a role model?

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The Asbestos Factbook – 1944.pdf

Sure – many know that insulation materials contained asbestos. But did you know automobile floorboards contained asbestos? How about movie curtains? Christmas Tree flock? Baking Sheets? Yes to all of them.

“The Asbestos Fact Book published in 1944 is one of best lists of asbestos products I’ve seen and a great article for anyone who wants to learn about asbestos” said noted asbestos lawyer Michael J. Mandelbrot. “We now know these products cause mesothelioma, lung cancer and other disabling diseases and many companies have hid information on their utilization of asbestos. But this list of uses in the Asbestos Factbook came out before the public learned on the dangers and is one of the most comprehensive list I’ve seen.”

Another comprehensive list has been added as well:
Asbestos Bankruptcy Product List.pdf

For information about mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis visit .

For a free legal evaluation if you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos disease call Michael J. Mandelbrot at 1-800-970-3878 (DUST)

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July 14, 2015

Manville – Response to Reply.pdf
Final Objection – Manville.pdf

On July 13, 2014, the Mandelbrot Law Firm filed an Objection Reply to the Trustees Accounting which displays extensive fraud and favoritism at the Manville Trust — and potentially criminal conduct as well.

“The Trustees, Fiduciaries (Steven Kazan), and the General Counsel Jared Garelick have concealed Manville Trust fraud for years and are using me as their scapegoat. The concealment of fraud under Chapter 11 rules sure seems like Trustee criminal conduct to me, ” said Mandelbrot. Exhibit D – Dept. of Justice Trustee Handbook – select portions.pdf
“Alan Brayton ( filed claims with the Manville Trust which were described as fictional and fraud and the Trustees and Counsel Garelick conceal the information. My office, which has provided information which led to the arrest and felony conviction of an individual (John Lynch) filing false Manville claims, is the most reliable in the Country, has never filed an unreliable claims and we are suspended from filing claims? Clearly there is collusion, bad faith, favoritism and fraud taking place.” said Mandelbrot.
A Hearing is set for July 16, 2015 – at 10:00 A.M- United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York, Alexander Hamilton Custom House, One Bowling Green, New York, New York 10004-1408 before Cecelia G. Morris, United States Bankruptcy Judge.
Mandelbrot concluded, “I sure hope Judge Morris can ‘see through’ the Trustee and Garelick’s lies to the Court and puts a stop to the bad faith that has been taking place at this Trust for nearly a decade.”

For more information about the Mandelbrot Law Firm – please call (415) 895-5175 or contact

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Final Objection – Manville.pdf

On July 1, 2015, the Mandelbrot Law Firm (Novato, California) filed an Objection to the Manville Trust 2014 Trustees Accounting alleging fraud, misappropriation of funds, bad faith and favoritism by and under the direction of the Trustees and General Counsel for the Manville Trust Jared Garelick.
Mandelbrot has also alleged a misappropriation of funds by “high priced” counsel Jason Rubinstein (Freidman, Kaplan – NY) who was only hired by the Trust after Mandelbrot began raising issues of misconduct.

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Despite Conviction – Trustee Collusion, Bad Faith and Misconduct Continues to Harm Trust Beneficiaries
John Lynch IV- former employee of the Western Asbestos, J.T. Thorpe, Inc., and Thorpe Insulation Trusts pled Guilty this week to Felony Grand Theft and will face a sentence of up to 3 Years in State Prison in California for the ‘successful’ filing of a false Manville Asbestos Trust Claim (Sonoma County Case #SCR662265).

This “false” claim was solely discovered and reported to authorities by Plaintiff’s asbestos attorney Michael Mandelbrot, Esq. (California) and the Mandelbrot Law Firm while investigating and auditing Lynch improprieties at the Mandelbrot office (for which Lynch was also criminally charged in Marin County). Sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2015 for the false Manville Trust claim. This is the first time in the United States an individual has faced criminal prosecution for a fraudulent asbestos bankruptcy trust claim.
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Asbestos can ruin the lives of people who become sick with one of the many Asbestos- related diseases. Most people are exposed to asbestos while at work, which unfortunately, is where we spend most of our time. Being a great insulator, asbestos is often used as insulation in buildings and remains in many buildings today because it is more dangerous to take it out. Taking it out would cause the small asbestos fibers to become airborne which could then cause more harm than good. Now that asbestos is known to make people fatally ill with diseases such as Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer, and Asbestosis, help is available to compensate victims of asbestos disease.

In a current news article from the United Kingdom’s Ponteford and Castlford Express, a 67 year old woman was exposed to asbestos and diagnosed with Mesothelioma from her five years of working as a Tailoress in a factory. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Although the woman, named June Preston, worked in the factory for a short five years, it was plenty of time to come into contact with the tiny asbestos fibers that lodge into the lungs. Sadly, in March of this year, June passed away due to her exposure to asbestos. Her husband is currently seeking compensation for her death.

Asbestos is found in many factories and is extremely common in certain materials used in construction or similar jobs. It is said that in most big cities, you can find the small asbestos fibers in the lungs of the people who live there. Not all of those people will become sick, but those who have had enough exposure may. There are many jobs, job sites, and professions that can make your risks of contracting an asbestos related disease much higher than others such as:

Shipbuilding Sheet metal worker Power plants Construction- they use products that contain asbestos Manufacturers of asbestos products Pipefitters, steamfitters, boilermakers, refractory workers The Textile Industry- asbestos may be woven into the fabrics Auto-Repair shops- asbestos was used in brake pads Military/Navy veterans- exposed to asbestos products

If you or someone else you know has become ill with Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, or Mesothelioma and has worked at one or several of the sites listed above, you may have a possible asbestos related claim.

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Exposure to asbestos can cause various forms of diseases from asbestosis to various forms of cancer including mesothelioma. Exposure to asbestos often occurred in construction trades or industrial sites such as shipyards, refineries, power plants, manufacturing plants, foundries, paper mills, military bases and ships. Additionally, many wives were exposed through their husband’s occupational exposure to asbestos through dust brought home on their work clothes and performing cleaning and laundry in the family home.

Asbestos diseases have a long latency period between exposure and diagnosis. In many cases, the latency period can be up to 40 or 50 years. Many asbestos workers from the 1940’s through the 1980’s are just now showing signs of illness and are being diagnosed.

Asbestos manufacturers knew the dangers of asbestos as early as the 1920’s but actively conspired to keep their knowledge of the hazards of asbestos secret. The dangers of asbestos were uncovered in the late 1970’s after the government stepped in. Many asbestos manufacturers, suppliers and distributors are now willingly negotiating settlements for asbestos victims or voluntarily filing for bankruptcy protection to avoid further lawsuits and instead compensate victims through an Asbestos Bankruptcy Trust.

Today, there are more than 50 active Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts established with many more to follow.

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease you need to act quickly to make sure you take care of your medical needs while meeting your financial obligations from any treatment you receive. Compensation from asbestos manufacturers is one way to ease your financial concerns over your cost of treatment and securing your family’s future.

You should contact an asbestos attorney as soon as possible for the following reasons:

1. Mesothelioma is still considered a relatively rare cancer and it is important to receive a second opinion to properly consider your treatment options. Mesothelioma specialists are rare and it may be necessary to travel for these opinions and/or treatments. An asbestos attorney can advise you.

2. Asbestos diseases are subject to the Statute of Limitations, varying by State. In most cases, the Statute of Limitations begins on the date of your first indication of an asbestos disease and expires between one and five years from this date. If you wish to file an asbestos lawsuit or seek compensation from Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts, it is important you seek legal assistance immediately.

3. Much of an Asbestos Lawsuit or Asbestos Bankruptcy claims are based on what you can recall and details of your work history. If you became too ill or pass away before claims are filed, it would make your case much more difficult to establish how, when, where and to what products you may have been exposed.

For more information on obtaining compensation from the Asbestos Industry, contact an Asbestos Attorney today.