The brother of distinguished Los Angeles attorney Tom Girardi has questioned a decide to appoint him as a guardian about his sibling, asserting that the elderly attorney “is incompetent and unable to act for himself.”

Thomas Girardi wearing a suit and tie: Tom Girardi at a 2014 court hearing. On Wednesday, Girardi's brother asked to be appointed guardian, citing a decline of the prominent attorney's mental faculties. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

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Tom Girardi at a 2014 courtroom listening to. On Wednesday, Girardi’s brother asked to be appointed guardian, citing a decrease of the outstanding attorney’s psychological colleges. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Instances)

Robert Girardi, a dentist in Seal Seaside, explained to a bankruptcy decide in a petition Wednesday that his 81-yr-previous brother, famed for the situation depicted in the film “Erin Brockovich,” did not recognize the gravity of the authorized and financial peril that he at this time faces. His venerable law organization, Girardi Keese, has collapsed amid quite a few allegations that he misappropriated tens of millions of bucks of dollars belonging to his law organization clientele and or else failed to fork out creditors. He’s also embroiled in a divorce from his significantly younger spouse, “Real Housewives” solid member Erika Jayne.


In a sworn declaration, Robert Girardi stated his older brother has brief-time period memory loss, and that tries to focus on how to answer to the pending bankruptcy situation had been unsuccessful.

“My brother is incapable of recognizing and comprehension the repercussions of the individual bankruptcy filings pending towards him and his law agency Girardi Keese notwithstanding obtaining [it] defined to him in excess of and about and by many individuals,” Robert Girardi mentioned. “Furthermore, my brother is not capable of creating rational selections with regard to his economical obligations and gives remedies and opinions that are factually extremely hard.”

In December, a coalition of creditors moved to pressure Tom Girardi and his legislation firm into involuntary bankruptcy, but the lawyer never submitted a reaction by the Tuesday deadline. Robert Girardi’s petition supplied an clarification for the missed deadline and he pleaded with the choose for a lot more time to mount a protection for his brother.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Decide Barry Russell appeared not to have been swayed. The judge entered an purchase Wednesday afternoon that amounted to an implicit denial of Robert Girardi’s efforts and he directed the case to commence to Chapter 7 personal bankruptcy, wherever remaining belongings will be liquidated to pay out Tom Girardi’s and the firm’s creditors.

Robert Girardi, 77, claimed he planned to file a separate petition in Los Angeles Superior Courtroom, inquiring to be appointed as his brother’s conservator, and stated that the system would choose a few months.

The transfer by Girardi’s brother to take about as guardian arrives weeks right after a legal defense lawyer for the legal legend initially lifted fears about his cognition. Defense law firm Evan Jenness advised a federal decide in Chicago in December that Girardi “has experienced troubles of his mental competence” and had not been able to aid her strategize a reaction to allegations that he misappropriated a lot more than $2 million from the family members of airplane crash victims.

Girardi’s agency, which operated in numerous iterations given that the 1960s, appeared to cease functions late last yr. Its internet site shut down and cellular phone calls went unanswered. A pair of trustees place in spot by the Personal bankruptcy Court visited the Wilshire Boulevard law exercise past week to commence examining the problem.

They located Girardi in his place of work although substantially of the rest of the business was deserted, a testomony to the mass departure of attorneys in recent years, reported Elissa Miller, the interim trustee for the agency. She reported there were being containers and boxes of documents, evidence evidently of “active conditions that have to have illustration,” she said.

“I really do not consider he actually has a manage on the working day to working day of these instances,” stated Miller, an lawyer with SulmeyerKupetz. She additional, “He appeared a bit confused.”

Miller stated her speedy goal was to pair the countless numbers of customers with proficient attorneys so that the firm’s remaining belongings — its legal circumstances — could be protected.

“The line is very long of counsel that have contacted me by now about having situations around,” Miller added.

This tale originally appeared in Los Angeles Occasions.

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