Lawyers Thrown Off Case For Drawing Dick Pics, Playing Angry Birds During Deposition

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A United States District Judge based in Miami has disqualified two attorneys from the Morgan & Morgan law firm from a case after the opposing counsel complained, among other things, that one of the lawyers drew pictures of male genitalia and openly played Angry Birds during depositions.

The two lawyers, Richard Celler and Stacey Schulman, were representing a class action complaint against Aventura Limousine & Transportation Services, Inc. The Limo company allegedly violated the Fair Labors Standard act, and an ex-employee had enlisted the services of the Morgan & Morgan law firm. That's the mega-firm whose "For the People" advertising blankets the state and now employs former Governor Charlie Crist.

The opposing counsel however complained to the judge, Cecilia M. Altonaga, that Mr. Celler in particular "ha[d] systematically engaged in inappropriate and offensive behavior."

Among his most egregious crimes were drawing dick pictures, playing Angry Birds and choosing Duncan Donuts for the site of depositions. South Florida Lawyers pointed out this passage from a court document:
In addition to the above, Defendants describe deplorable behavior on Celler's part that occurred in connection with the Schatt Action. Tinkler testified that during depositions he witnessed "Mr. Celler . . . drawing photos of -- pictures of male genitalia and showing them to Ms. Schulman, describing Mr. Coupal. I told Mr. Coupal after that was occurring and he made mention about it." (Apr. 2, 2012 Hearing Tr. 17:2-5). Sorci testified that he observed Schulman "laugh[ing] quite a few times" at Celler's drawings, and that on break Schulman made a comment that "this is typical Richard [Celler], this is what he does at these sort of things." (Id. 85:5-10). Tinkler further stated that "during Mr. Schatt's deposition Mr. Celler was playing the game Angry Birds. He admitted it aloud and was bragging that he had just beaten somebody in Minnesota at the game during the deposition." (Id. 17:6-9). Moreover, Celler would wear a tshirt and shorts to proceedings to gain "a psychological advantage." (Id. 17:11-15). Celler chose Dunkin' Donuts as the site of depositions against Coupal's wishes.
Celler made no attempt to deny the allegations.

Though, that juvenile behavior was the only reason the lawyers were disqualified. The judge found that Celler was also making unethical communication with lawyers on the case and, in fact, with the defendants themselves. One of the defendants claimed he was so intimidated by Celler during one such instance that he ended up throwing up in the bathroom. The complaint is a bunch of law jargon, which you can read here, but are you surprised a guy who draws dick pics during depositions would also break more serious rules?

Celler also wrote numerous unprofessional emails to the opposing attorney that included gems like, "Nobody on this side of the Internet cares," and "You are an impediment to all of these proceedings. It's a shame."

Judge Altonaga decided to not only disqualify Celler and Schulman from the case, but the entire Morgan & Morgan law firm.

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11 comments
MiamiStu
MiamiStu

The Defendant is guilty, therefore, what do they do? Distract the proceedings with frivolous BS. Dicks or no dicks, the Defendant is guilty.  There should be more dicks, vaginas too, more vile comments.  That's all this is, two sides spewing their case.  And the facts show, after all the angry birds settle down, the Defendant is guilty.  Time to pay up!

Beatitude Sputnik
Beatitude Sputnik

.. is it just me or does this sound like the premise of a new sitcom?

Goodgirl096567
Goodgirl096567

This is the kind of behavior that makes ethical lawyers cringe. Our firm has picked up several cases from former clients of Morgan and Morgan because they were unhappy with their representation. This behavior is intolerable and unprofessional. 

Neil's Ghost
Neil's Ghost

The Florida bar been notified?Why, so that a bunch of other liars err lawyers can circle the wagons and protect all lawyer pieces of shit? 

BadNews
BadNews

Has the Florida Bar been notified?

Tonigood
Tonigood

Everyone hopes so - except Cellers and Schulman

Bebep
Bebep

I think it's called Franklin & Bash.

Zack Morris is still up to his old shenanigans.

Scott
Scott

Is it just me or is the hilarity of the article compounded by the fact that this was the "Shat" (past tense of sh,t) matter.

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