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The Asbestos Trust Cartel – List of 25 Fraudsters Misappropriating Asbestos Trust Funds


Steven Kazan – The Face of Asbestos Fraud – has his “dirty” hands in nearly every Asbestos Trust


Brayton – Asbestos Trust Fund Thief!


They are all guilty. Every one of them. Collusion, Breach of Trust, Favoritism and Fraud.

Each solely has one goal in mind – Misappropriate as much as they can from Asbestos Trust Funds — the 30 Billion Dollars for asbestos victims. And misappropriate they have… least a BILLION DOLLARS. All monies that should have gone to victims has gone in these lawyers (and one Judges) pocket. Some even paint themselves as ‘victims advocates’ (i.e. Steven Kazan, Alan Brayton…)….but they are far from it – “Traitors” to the core who have stolen hundreds of millions from victims. Every asbestos victims gets less money because of these lawyers. Every one. All with one goal in mind….to line their pockets with as much money from Asbestos Trust Funds as they can…These are greedy and dishonest lawyers — each who has breached their Fiduciary and Ethical Duties and  have collectively misappropriated and assisted in the misappropriation of at least One Billion Dollars from Asbestos Trust funds.

Let’s introduce to you to the “Dirty 30” – 30 Corrupt Asbestos Trust Lawyers (and one Judge!)

  1. Alan Brayton (; @braytonlaw; Brayton Purcell – Novato, California- California Lawyer – The undisputed “King of Asbestos Trust Corruption” and Double Dipping. A “sick” man. The most corrupt asbestos trust lawyer in the CountryThe-Face-of-Fraud-Alan-Brayton-The-Rat – here’s a few documents (as a note – I have them for each on this list). Has stolen hundreds of millions from the Western Asbestos Settlement Trust in Reno, Nevada. Brayton, Kazan, McClain and Snyder Stealing 47 Million from Victims – Articles – Brayton Fraudulent Bankruptcy Claims
  2. Steven Kazan (@kazanlaw) Oakland, California. – The “Bernie Madoff” of Asbestos Litigation – California Lawyer – Brayton’s ‘sidekick’. Akin to Bernie Madoff. Backroom fraud artist. Oversees nearly 25 Trusts through fraud – hires “interested parties” to mismanage and misappropriate Trust funds. Will leave a legacy of Asbestos Trust Fraud which  put millions of hard working individuals out of work and misappropriated the millions for victims of asbestos disease. Uses his tyrannical power to suppress others claimants/victims.


    Steven Kazan – The Face of Asbestos Fraud

  3. Mary Ellen Nickel-Delaware Lawyer – Delaware Claims Processing Facility, Wilmington, DE – Oversees at least 10 Trusts in Delaware through fraud/mismanagement. A Liar to her core. Has Misappropriated hundreds of millions to Kazan – Insider dealer
  4. Judge Sheri Bluebond Most Corrupt Judge in California – California Lawyer/Judge. Disgraceful person. Knowingly ‘turns the other way’ at fraud/misappropriation of funds and mismanagement to divert funds to her friends, Brayton and others.  Used sexual harassment (she was receptive!)to get Appointed (Judge Kozinski).  Later muted Sexual Harassment Complaints as Kozinski was reviewing a Complaint for Judicial Misconduct. Exhibit 2 – Misconduct, Insider Dealing Presiding Judge Sheri BluebondShe had to ‘stand out’ in some way. Insider Dealer/Fraud/Bribery. Rumor is that she used asbestos trust funds to ‘buy’ her kids (infertility treatments) – did she name her kids “Thorpe” and “J.T. Thorpe”?
  5. Stephen Snyder-California Lawyer. Former defense lawyer (Brobeck) who has colluded with Brayton for decades to steal a billion dollars…Brayton, Kazan, McClain and Snyder Stealing 47 Million from Victims – This was victim’s money being stolen to pay for Brobeck’s debts after their bankruptcy and as a payoff to Snyder! Disgracefully dishonest. Has misappropriated monies to his 20-year partner Gary Fergus (millions from victims’ funds) who is precluded by DOJ rules from working at Trusts. Exhibit 3 – Opposition to Emergency Motion for Order – Details Fergus’/Snyder’s theft of Trust funds.


    – Stephen Snyder – Fergus’ former Partner

  6. Gary Fergus – California Lawyer. See above.  A walking ‘buffoon’. Should be in jail for monies stolen from Western/Thorpe Trusts. Elder abuser. A former asbestos ‘soldier’ who billed his clients into bankruptcy before seeking a “golden parachute” from the Trusts. A dishonest and terrible attorney who has engaged in racketeering and fraud with regards to Asbestos Trust. Recently FIRED from all Trusts.
  7. Sara Beth Brown – Nevada Lawyer – Oversees 4 trusts in Reno, Nevada with one goal  – Divert as much Trust monies to herself and Alan Brayton Dumb. Literally. Hired solely to assist in misappropriating funds to Brayton/Kazan  from Western/Plant/Thorpe  Trusts. Works maybe 2 days a month overseeing billions of dollars in Trust fund claims – She is the definition Reno “Trailer Trash” (next to her sidekick Laura Paul, of course)- Brayton’s hand picked choice to commit fraud. Discovered Brayton Fraud in Trust claims (yet Brown conceals it). An accomplice to Brayton fraud! Kananian fraud and malpractice. Why didn’t the Trust do anything? They would have found hundreds of additional fraudulent claims!! Billions stolen. Concealed by Brown. See these links: Attempt to “Cover Up” Manville Kananian Fraud; Fraudulent Kananian Western Default. The definition of Reno Trailer Trash.
  8. Jeanine Donohue – Corrupt California Lawyer – 415.901.8644 is her direct contact. Has engaged in Trust fraud for a decade – insider dealing with Alan Brayton, Steven Kazan, David McClain, Gary Fergus, Stephen Snyder.

    “Troll” working with Snyder/Brayton to misappropriate from Western/Plant/Thorpe Trusts. Her  only client is the Trusts and she was solely brought in to aid in the misappropriation of Trust funds. A horrible lawyer.

  9. Molly Spieczny – Dresser/Halliburton Trust Lawyer/Fraudster – Corrupt daughter of a Judge. Misappropriated nearly a million dollars from Trusts though sham audits. Knowingly engaged in fraud and harmed victims through sham audits to pad her billable hours.
  10. Gregory McHugh – Delaware Lawyer – DII/Halliburton Trust Fraudster – Sidekick of Spieczny.
  11. Kathleen  Campbell Davis-
    310 Grant Street
    1700 Grant Building
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219
    Phone: 412-261-0310
    Fax: 412-261-5066

    – Clearly corrupt. Not bright. Mismanaged many Trust funds – Campbell Has used GM Trust money and others as her personal piggy bank. Sham artist and liar. Could she be a worse lawyer?

    Corrupt Lawyer

    Corrupt Lawyer Defined – Kathleen Campbell Levine

  12. Benjamin Smith – California Lawyer/”Doofus” – Morgan Lewis and Bockius moron lawyer working with his old buddies/partners –  Fergus/Snyder – to steal Trust funds. Participated in fraudulent lawsuit. Stolen from the Western Asbestos and J.T. Thorpe Trusts.
  13. Marla Eskin – Delaware Lawyer – Former Plaintiff Lawyer who was hired to by Delaware Trusts to Assist in Fraud. Terrible lawyer. Dishonest. Has misappropriated millions.
  14. Bethany Recht- Pennsylvania Lawyer – A thief of Trust funds. Attorney for AC&S and APG Trusts engaging in fraud, concealment of job sites and bad faith. Incapable of good faith. A Liar who’s essentially ‘stealing’ Trust funds. Commits tyranny and mismanages EVERY Trust fund she is a part of to divert monies to herself and others.  She’s actually a California lawyer too (how she passed the bar is scary because she is quite dumb…).

    Bethany Palmer Recht #256370

    License Status: Active

    Address: Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, 1 E 4th St Ste 1400, Cincinnati, OH 45202 – Email:


    Recht – Queen of Asbestos Liability Concealment

  15. Mike Rooney-MFR Trust – Colludes with Campbell Davis for MLC Trust Fraud. Former defense lawyer who thinks he’s beyond reproach.
  16. Dan Myer-New Jersey Lawyer – Former Defense Lawyer. Run EVERY Verus Trust with fraud/insider dealing/favoritism. A KEY FIGURE in most Trust fraud. He’s the “enabler” as he oversees EVERY Verus Trusts.
  17. Robert Gerhardt – New Jersey Lawyer – For a Decade has misappropriated Trust Funds to “insiders” – Engages in Favoritism – Has concealed thousands of asbestos job sites to aid his ‘favorite’ plaintiff lawyers (Kazan/Brayton).
  18. Tom Florence – Billion Dollar Thief –thomas.florence@ankura.com1220 19th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC, United States 20036+1.202.797.1111 Main-  Steals Trust Money by conducting “Sham Audits” of select Firms. Colludes with Kazan and all Delaware Fiduciaries. Ankura Consulting is his ‘sham’ organization to conduct audits. He runs the Delaware Trusts and then hires “himself” (Ankura) to conduct sham audits – targeted audits in bad faith (never audits his buddies Kazan and Brayton)
  19. Jason Rubinstein


    7 Times Square
    New York, NY 10036-6516
    Tel: 212.833.1131
    Fax: 212.373.7931
    This “loser” is as bad as it gets. He’s the “enabler” of Manville fraud in collusion with Jared Garelick. Has helped harm thousands of asbestos victim’s rights through bad faith.

    New York Lawyer — Manville Trust Fraudster. Rubinstein – Manville Crook: Jason-Rubinstein-Bad-Lawyer-Corrupt-Lawyer-300x234

  20. Jared Garelick – Virginia/Pennsylvania Lawyer – Manville Trust Fraudster – previously investigated by U.S. Trustee for fraud – he must  have lied to them. Works with Rubinstein above to engage in fraud!

    Asbestos Trust Fraud

    Manville Fraudster Garelick

  21. Peter D’Apice – Texas Lawyer – As bad as it gets. Has his ‘dirty’ hands in nearly every Trust as Verus. 

    Address2323 Bryan St #2200, Dallas, TX 75201

    (214) 969-4900

    A “Liar” engaging in collusion and fraud. Verus Trusts. Bad lawyer who opted to steal from Trusts. Stutzman firm. Works  with Sander Esserman to ‘infect’ dozens of Trusts, including ASARCO and many others.

  22. Michael Ahrens -Shephard Mullin Fraudster –  Brayton’s handpicked lawyer to oversee his fraud. Old crappy lawyer who needed a ‘golden parachute’ so he teamed with Brayton – California Lawyer – Fat Fraudster/Colludes with Alan Brayton to Misappropriate from Western/Thorpe/Plant Trusts. Bartered wine (from Brayton for his daughter’s wedding) for  his fraud. Has misappropriated tens of millions of asbestos trusts.
  23. Kim Lavin – Delaware/New Jersey Lawyer – Verus Trust Fraudster –  infects a LOT of Trusts. Has misappropriated millions from victims.
  24. Peter Kraus – Texas Lawyer (did he ever pass the California Bar?) – A Traitor to asbestos victims. One of the kings of “insider dealing” – A real fraud. Engaged in RICO costing asbestos victims about $500 million. Why is he involved with any Trust when he has committed fraud??
  25. Gilbert Purcell – California Lawyer – Brayton’s “Partner” – Backroom schemer. A VERY shady character. Lies to judges and juries to aid in Brayton fraud. A ‘schemer’. You can often find him in Vegas strip clubs!
  26. Laura Paul (not a Lawyer)  -300 East Second Street, Suite 1205
    Reno, Nevada 89501
    (775) 324-5511 – It would be  a compliment to call her “Reno Trailer Trash” – The Country’s most disgraceful Trust employee.  Western/Thorpe Trust ‘pigeon’ – liar who has spent a decade assisting Brayton/Snyder/Kazan is misappropriation. Incredibly unqualified to work at Trusts (maybe McDonalds) yet was hired solely to aid in fraud. Dumb as a box of rocks. Probably dumber. Trust thief. Not surprising why Paul had 4 kids w/4 different dads by the age of 35. Reno, Nevada’s ‘poster child’ of Asbestos Trust fraud. Not even a college graduate yet oversees billions?…Where did Brayton, David McClain and Gary Fergus find her? The Mustang Ranch?
  27. Barbara Malm (not a Lawyer) – Accountant for Western/Thorpe Trusts – Uses Trust funds to pay for Brayton’s wedding/catering trips. Has paid out hundreds of millions which she KNOWS is fraud.
  28. Beverly Weiss Manne – Insider Dealer –  Washington DC Lawyer – Corrupt – Misappropriated at least $100,000 from DII Trust
  29. Melissa Metzfield – CRMC Trusts – Misappropriated millions from Manville Trust fund! Engages in collusion with Garelick/Rubinstein. A ‘liar’ to her core so that she can assist in fraud. A sham artist on the C.E. Thurston Trust as well.
  30. Every Lawyer from Stutzman, Bromberg, Esserman & Plifka – Texas – A Law Firm that has left of legacy of Theft and Misappropriation from  AsbestosTrusts
  31. Marcellene Malouf/Janet Jardin – DII Trust Fraudsters – Sham artists/frauds misappropriating millions and engaging in collusion

So there they are…”The Dirty 30+”. To act with such unabashed fraud – there is seriously something wrong with these individuals. Really wrong. Greed? Partly. Bad Lawyers who see a Chance to Steal Millions? Partly. Corrupt? Collectively!

What each of these lawyers has done is stolen (literally) from the Trust Beneficiaries they are paid millions to ‘represent’.

More Links of Asbestos Trust Fraud:

Chart of Pittsburgh Corning Fiduciary Frauds – Lies, Liars and Corrupt Lawyers

Tax Fraud – Brayton

Annual Reports – Millions of Dollars Misappropriated to Kazan, Brayton, Snyder, Brobeck, Morgan Lewis (all “Interested” parties)

WMAC Release-Jack Kananian 2004

Sanctions Motion – Rubinstein & Garelick (1)

Bates-White Artile_Reorganized Mess

Letter from Benjamin Smith – re Laura Paul

Insider Brayton Email to cover up fraud – ARB e-mail re WSJ Article 12-6-06

Exhibit 6 – Judge Hanna Order Detailing Brayton Fictionalized Claims

Chart – Bluebond – Following the Money – Following the CorruptionL

Letter from Benjamin Smith – re Laura Paul


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