Joe Bruno on the Mob – Lewis Kasman’s Divorce is a Nasty Affair

Let’s just say it couldn’t have happened to a nicer family (I’m being sarcastic).

Lewis Kasman is the rat-fink who once called himself John Gotti’s adopted son. Kasman was seen often around Gotti Sr., doing menial tasks; like opening car doors for the Teflon Don. I’m sure Kasman would have shined Gotti’s shoes too, if he had been asked to do so.

But after Gotti perished in prison, in order to make some heavy cash, Kasman went over to Team American and became a wired-up informant inside various organized crime families. Kasman even wore a wire while talking to Gotti’s wife Victoria, while Mrs. Gotti was recovering from an illness.

According to the article below, for his blood-money work assignments for the Feds, Kasman was paid a whopping $12,000 a month – $144,000 annually, from 2005 to 2007. When his work for the government was over, Kasman told the court during his nasty divorced from his wife Eileen, that his income was $250 a month, and that his momma was paying for his divorce. After the divorce was final, the Kasmans sold their house in Boca Raton, Fl, and split the proceeds. Eileen was awarded one dollar a year alimony and $400 a month in child support for the one daughter still living with her.

But Kasman’s ex- wife’s anger didn’t end there. Eileen Kasman was convinced that her former husband had a “treasure chest” loaded with cash sitting somewhere, so she used her proceeds from the sale of their house to hire lawyers and an accountant to find the missing money.

Only, there doesn’t appear to be any missing money, and if there was, the government would have the first crack at it, claiming it was unlawfully obtained when Kasman was working for John Gotti.

Eileen Kasman is now claiming her former lawyers bled her dry, and left her virtually broke. She’s suing her former lawyers for $1.6 million, more than three times what she said she paid them in the first place.

In addition, Eileen Kasman’s former husband, “King Rat,” says he’s now totally broke and is living off an advance he got for his upcoming book “The Last Son,” where he says he “tells all” about his relationship with Gotti and the Gambino Crime Family.

I don’t know what kind of advance Kasman got, but whatever it was, it was way too much. I’ve made it a policy not to read books that government informants write, because then I would be subsiding rats, one of the lowest forms of human life. And I would urge those who are reading this to do the same.

Also, I find it hard to feel bad for Eileen Kasman, because she lived the good life for a very long time with dirty money her husband finagled from various illegal activities.

Like I said up top; it couldn’t happened to a nicer family.

 The article below can be seen at:

Mob informant’s ex-wife’s new lawyer sues old lawyers, saying their tactics left her penniless

By Jane Musgrave

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

WEST PALM BEACH — Eileen Kasman says she paid $550,000 to a Boca Raton law firm that promised to milk her former mobster husband for everything he had.

Not surprisingly, after finking on his former associates in the Gambino crime family and being taken into protective custody by the FBI, Lewis Kasman’s fortunes had run dry, her new lawyer said last week.

Having given her divorce lawyers the cash she made when she and her husband sold their house in suburban Boca Raton, Eileen Kasman is now in living in Long Island with her parents, collecting food stamps. She is unable to sustain herself and her three children on the $1 a year in alimony that was ordered or the roughly $400 she gets monthly in child support for the one daughter who is still at home.

“To me that’s the same thing as stealing,” attorney Bennett Cohn said of the raw deal Eileen Kasman got in the divorce.

In a lawsuit filed last week in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Cohn accuses her former lawyers at the politically connected law firm of Weiss, Handler, Angelos and Cornwell of engaging in “Rambo” or “scorched earth” tactics to get as much money out of Eileen Kasman as possible.

He is seeking $1.6 million – three times the amount he said she paid for legal representation, mainly from firm lawyer, Carol Kartagener.

Henry Handler, a partner in the firm, disputed Cohn’s claims. The sometime Democratic powerbroker said his firm charged Kasman less than $200,000. The cost of experts would have added at most another $50,000, he said.

“It’s a fantasy,” he said of the $550,000 price tag. “I have no idea where that number came from.”

He speculated that it included fees charged by New York lawyers, whom he said Eileen hired independently. He declined comment on specific allegations in the lawsuit, saying only they are “ludicrous and false.”

Cohn maintained he has a plethora of evidence that says otherwise. While he expressed confidence that his dollar figures are correct, he acknowledged the exact amount will become clear as the case moves through the court.

“I guess we’ll find out,” he said.

Some of the expenses the firm rang up would be laughable if they weren’t so outrageous, he said.

For instance, he said, Kartagener hired a vocational rehabilitation counselor to figure out how Lewis Kasman could earn a living after famously destroying his ties with the Gambino crime family and living with the reality that angry mobsters might kill him for wearing a wire to collect information used for various criminal cases, including the failed prosecution of John Gotti Jr.

“What was this person going to say?” Cohn asked of the vocational counselor. “This retired snitch for the federal government who used to be involved with the Gotti family can now earn ‘X’ amount of dollars a month doing thus and so. Are you going to hire him?”

Cohn voiced similar disdain for the decision to pay an accountant more than $20,000 to unearth an alleged “treasure chest” Lewis Kasman supposedly stashed away. Even if the accountant had found buried cash, which he didn’t, the money wouldn’t have gone to Eileen. Knowing that the Lewis got rich working for the late mob boss John Gotti Sr., government officials would have snared any cash that was uncovered, he said.

“At some point the light needs to go on and it never went on in this case,” Cohn said. “They were looking for a pot of gold that didn’t exist.”

Kasman, the self-proclaimed adopted son of John Gotti Sr., was well-compensated for his government work. An FBI agent testified in 2009 that Kasman was paid $12,000 a month – $144,000 annually – from 2005 to 2007. By the time his work and his divorce was winding down, Kasman said he earned $250 a month and his mother footed the cost of his divorce. Now living in an undisclosed location, protected by retired U.S. Navy Seals, he said he survives on the advance he got for a tell-all book.

Eileen Kasman’s lawsuit is one of several spawned from the tortuous case of Kasman vs. Kasman. After the divorce was final in 2009, Lewis Kasman sued two of his former lawyers, Barry Roderman and Lewis Shafer. He claimed they didn’t represent him properly because of their relationships with Weiss Handler. Both lawsuits have been settled for undisclosed amounts, Kasman and attorneys said.

During the protracted divorce that chewed through at least five judges, Lewis Kasman accused one of them – Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Martin Colin – of failing to reveal his ties to the firm. Weiss Handler briefly represented Colin’s wife in her divorce from a previous husband. While Colin had been ordered by the Fourth District Court of Appeal to tell litigants who came before him about his wife’s connection to the firm, he didn’t tell Lewis Kasman.

Colin was only involved in the Kasman divorce for a short time but made a significant decision. He sent Lewis Kasman to jail for nine days for violating a previous judge’s order to pay child support. Later, it was discovered no written order existed. The contempt order was overturned by another judge who ruled Kasman had no ability to pay.

Ultimately, Colin recused himself from hearing the Kasman divorce case but not before Lewis Kasman filed complaints with the Judicial Qualifications Commission. The state agency that oversees the conduct of judges didn’t take any action.

Cohn said attorneys at Weiss Handler should have divulged their relationship with Colin as well. He called the law firm’s actions “outrageous” and “scandalous.”

“If you can’t trust your lawyer, who can you trust?” he said.


10 Responses to “Joe Bruno on the Mob – Lewis Kasman’s Divorce is a Nasty Affair”

  1. I know Lewis Kasman — He is a great guy! Look to Peter & Richie Gotti t figure out WHY? They did this – NOT Kasman… Read the BOOK……

  2. You comments are quite BIASED? Do yu know the FACTS?

  3. Only what I read in the newspapers. Jiuk. You have any facts that would change my opinion of Kasman?

    Fact– Kasman was an informant for the government.

    Fact – Kasman wore a wire on numerous occassions.

    Conclusion — Kasman is a creep, a rat, one of the lowest forms of life.

    Any questions??

  4. Wizkid — A “great guy” doesn’t become a rat for the Feds. And a “great guy” doesn’t wear a wire.

    He might be a nice guy personally, but I wouldn’t associate with a rat, no matter how nice a guy he is.

    And I certainly wouldn’t buy his book.

  5. I have friends who have relatives who were victims of Kasman’s being wired. So of course, I’m prejudiced against him.

    But as a matter of course, having grown up and lived for 48 years in Manhattan’s Little Italy, I have nothing but contempt for guys like Kasman. Guys who join Team America to save their own hide.

    And wearing a wire makes things all the more contemptible.


    Weiss Handler happens to be one of the most prestigious law firms in the state Of Florida, and perhaps in the entire country. This firm is top of the list when it comes to civil litigation, corporate law, family law, real estate. No one has the credibility and the knowledge that this firm posesses. I think whomever is posting these falsehoods is probably someone that doesnt know first hand how honorable these people are that make up the fine team of lawyers of Weiss Handler. No one gave this firm the status they HAVE, NO, they earned their position by being the best at what they do, and by being above board honest and fair. Its no wonder that this firm is esteemed by high ranking officials nationwide.

    • I also had the same Law Firm and the very same attorney, did I get screwed big time in my divorce? Yes!!! Everything lost! Kids, House, Money, Appeals,,,,, everything!!!!!! The law firm got everything I got nothing!!!!!!

  7. Critic, you should contact the Palm Beach Post writer who wrote the article concerning the law firm. I was just commentating on the Kasman part of the article. The writers name is Jane Musgrave.

  8. No harm meant Joe, i have been reading this Kasman stuff, its absurd. I see all these good people being laid seige to by some anonymous writer [Kasman?] same nasty thing being said over and over about some very honorable people. Barry Roderman,one of the nicest guys walking the planet, whom i know personally is a gem of a human being. Weiss Handler is one of the top law firms in the country, the several judges that have been slammed are all nice people, just doing their job. Unbelievable stuff.

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