Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Alabama's Largest Law Firm Represents a Banking Giant With Ties to Money Laundering

Is there a client that is too sleazy for Bradley Arant to represent? The law firm is the largest in Alabama and one of the largest in the South--with major offices in Birmingham, Nashville, and Charlotte. And the answer to our question appears to be, "No, no client is too disreputable for Bradley Arant to take on."

We already know about Ted Rollins, the CEO of Charlotte-based Campus Crest Communities. It's a matter of public record that Rollins was convicted for the 1995 beating of his stepson in Franklin County, North Carolina. The assault was so severe that the 16-year-old boy was taken via ambulance to an emergency room and administered oxygen, apparently because blood loss put him at risk for going into shock. It's also a matter of public record that numerous individuals in law enforcement and health care violated North Carolina law by failing to report the incident as a case of child abuse.

In blunt terms, Ted Rollins is a child abuser. But Bradley Arant is happy to represent him, apparently because he belongs to one of the nation's wealthiest families, the folks behind Orkin Pest Control and other highly profitable enterprises. In fact, public documents strongly suggest that Bradley Arant used its clout to help Ted Rollins receive an unlawful divorce judgment in Alabama, one that was so lopsided and disconnected from fact and law that it left his ex wife and two daughters on food stamps in Birmingham.

Now we learn that Bradley Arant also represents HSBC, the mammoth financial-services outfit that is based in London and recently was exposed as a source of international money laundering. Here is a report from Bloomberg, following a U.S. Senate hearing last week:

HSBC Holdings Plc’s head of group compliance, David Bagley, told a Senate hearing he will step down amid claims the bank gave terrorists, drug cartels and criminals access to the U.S. financial system by failing to guard against money laundering.
Bagley was among at least six HSBC executives who testified before the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations today after the panel released a 335-page report describing a decade of compliance failures by Europe’s biggest bank. London- based HSBC enabled drug lords to launder money in Mexico, did business with firms linked to terrorism and concealed transactions that bypassed U.S. sanctions against Iran, Senate investigators said in the report.

How nasty is HSBC? Among its rogues' gallery of slippery customers are the Taliban and Al Rahji, a Saudi Arabian bank whose owners are linked to organizations that finance terror. Translation: HSBC does business with the fine folks who brought you the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.

For good measure, HSBC also has ties to major cases of offshore tax evasion. Would you want to be connected to an outfit like that? Bradley Arant apparently has no problem with it.

George R. Parker, one of the firm's Montgomery attorneys, represented various HSBC entities in a 2008 federal lawsuit styled George D. McCarley v. KPMG International, et al. The case involved allegations of fraud connected to a home foreclosure, and considering that it started in the Middle District of Alabama and was appealed to the U.S. Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, it should be no surprise that the corporate defendants prevailed.

Andrew J. Noble III and John David Owen, of Bradley Arant's Birmingham office, represented an HSBC entity in a 2011 state lawsuit styled Moore v. HSBC Mortgage Services. The complaint involved allegations of breach of contract and other wrongdoing related to construction of a new house. Once again, the corporate defendant prevailed--with Bradley Arant's assistance.

Thanks to recent revelations, we now know that the corporate defendant's parent company, HSBC, does business with terrorists, drug cartels, and other criminals.

We also know that doesn't seem to bother Bradley Arant in the least.


pakaian muslim layali said...

Thank you for taking the time to write on this topic.

Anonymous said...

Roger, the judicial in the United States has made a spectacle of We The People.

"Burlesque." My "friend" once a licensed attorney at law before he took on the "blue meanies" and others that are not exactly the kind of people we choose to "trust." This "shark on a leash" was definitely taught what happens to the "honest hired guns." He calls the courts, "Burlesque."

Appropriate when visiting the Chief Justice KOZINSKI's sites of porn, naked jersey cow "women!"

Ouch, where is the "justice!"

Thus, why the criminals have grown into large masses of pond scum.

Pond scum always rises to the top.

Our USA is the money laundering operation for a new world order of criminal insanity.

RAMBO economics protected by the lawyer classless that has no other intention for America, other than to lie, cheat and steal as licensed traitors.

Thank you for reporting the news we can ingest, digest and actually find a solution to. Congress needs to share the VIRTUAL CREDIT with the blog owners who are in the actual solving problems agenda.

legalschnauzer said...

This is just one more sign that Bradley Arant is connected to various forms of organized crime, along with the Rollins family. I've written on this subject before:

legalschnauzer said...

Anon at 11:05:

Isn't it interesting that these thuggish corporate types, when they need legal representation in Alabama or the South, often turn to Bradley Arant? Ted Rollins did it; HSBC did it. Is that a sign that these clients know Bradley Arant has certain judges more or less on the payroll? Does that mean these clients know they will get a favorable outcome, regardless of the facts and law? Birmingham certainly has other sleazy corporate law firms--Haskell Slaughter, Balch Bingham, Maynard Cooper Gale, to name a few. But I think Bradley Arant is the ringleader. Abdul Kallon, a disgraceful Obama appointee as a federal judge, came from Bradley Arant. Before that, he helped defend Campus Crest Communities in a lawsuit alleging rampant race and gender discrimination at the company. Talk about an "Uncle Tom." The area where black employees work at Campus Crest is called "the ghetto." And Abdul Kallon defended that kind of garbage in the workplace! Those who gave their lives for the Civil Rights struggles must be rolling in their graves at the thought of certain pathetic black lawyers in Alabama, such as Abdul Kallon and his benefactor, Artur Davis (who, thank God, has left for Virginia). And God knows we won't see justice from the disgraceful white lawyers in our midst, from either side of the political fence.

legalschnauzer said...

It should be noted that, as officers of the court, Bradley Arant lawyers operate in an environment that is funded by taxpayers. That should mean that they have an obligation to answer questions from the press about their various associations and actions in court. I've contacted three B/A lawyers--Dawn Sharff, Walter Sears, and Beau Grenier--in effort to ask them questions about court actions involving Ted Rollins. They have refused to respond; they give the impression that they are afraid to respond. Why is that?

David said...

Isn't B-A where the son-in-law of former Gov. Bob "Thug-in-Chief" Riley works. He assist his pa-in law in many of his quid pro quo activites with gambling interests, Indian tribes and a big pseudo medical research lab in Huntsville?
Or was he just the bagman? Like Guy Hunts' son, Fob's sons and George Wallace's brother?

On the other hand, Don Siegelman tried to play it straight and see what he got.

Anonymous said...

Now, further evidence that Jerry Sandusky’s TSM was being used to traffic underage boys to wealthy donors took a major step forward via a July 19 interview with Greg Bucceroni, currently employed as a school police officer in the Philadelphia, Pa. school district while also volunteering with the District Attorney’s office.

WEB EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Victim Claims Sandusky Sex Scandal Connected to Philadelphia Pedophile Network

As questioning turned to other individuals at these get-togethers, Bucceroni remarked, “They were obviously wealthy—like doctors, attorneys, politicians and businessmen—and I could tell some were married from their wedding rings. But their body language gave away their intentions. . . .

Law firms in the U.S. are one of the biggest cover-up havens for the cover-up of the "richest" on earth, we know this by the "fat cats," as far too many of the licensed criminals call the profession of "law."

How did the Alabama vote go, to audit the Fed? NO auditing the Fed and NO such idea in the U.S., virtual credit non-fraud.

FINAL VOTE RESULTS FOR ROLL CALL 513, (Republicans in roman; Democrats in italic; Independents underlined)

H R 459 2/3 YEA-AND-NAY 25-Jul-2012 2:58 PM

BILL TITLE: To require a full audit of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and the Federal reserve banks by the Comptroller General of the United States before the end of 2012, and for other purposes

Anonymous said...

The Boers in Africa, well they were black and pretended to be white. Yes, the Kruger Rand in the Netherlands is a disgrace AND the people in Holland that are ashamed, as should be, of the Boers, have been busily taking down any iconography of the "slave traders." Street signs, money, names of any and all association to the "Boers," is being dealt with.

So it is in America. WE ARE APARTHEID, too. But, slave traders adorn about every icon we can choose to be programmed by.

The lawyers have their language just as the Boers had their own language. AND the "others," not the "chosen Boers, et al.?"

Commoners spoke Afrikkan, or how this is spelled is found in the history of those who were black that were convinced they were black when the black same people fooled the "Afrikkans" about the fact that black was white.

Organized crime follows the money and the money is corrupted, yesterday, today and tomorrow?

Get ready for a small dirty suitcase, rumored between 12-12-12, 12-21-12, 6-6-2013.

Remember Stalin so far is considered the monster of earth's human population and therefore, the Billy Kristol PNAC neocons are not going to stop without getting to fire off their favorite drug of all - how to kill billions in one function button.

Anonymous said...

in other words, LS, your investigative reporting is going to be the point of no return for the criminal class.

You have pulled the covers off and continue to expose what organized crime is, that has occupied the United States VIA a system of money laundering and almost all the people all the time are not the Boers.

We know who the Boers are, though, the "Who Do We Cheat 'Em And How" law firms with the clients that are flush with Kruger Rands. LOVE to trade THEIR slaves 21st Century style: no due process in the rulers of lawlessness, globalism's gobblism aka colonialism, tribalism or name an ism that has not been of the same ignorant idea.

You've tread on the tail of the tiger LS. There's a saying about this and it is, gently.

legalschnauzer said...


Yes, B/A is the home to Bob Riley's son-in-law. It's also home to Riley sycophant Matt Lembke and former home to Luther Strange. It's a dirty, dirty bunch.

Anonymous said...

The inherent danger from the Israeli obsession over the Temple Mount was first elaborated in an article dated June 2010 called “Nukes And Temples” – highlights of which is as follows.

Israel, The Temple Mount, Land Grabs and Sanctions directed against Iran, by Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich at

Anonymous said...

the 9th of Av

jeffrey spruill said...

Since Bradley Arant is such an outstanding legal entity-think they had anything to do with this laundering of Mexican drug cartels money?

I'm sure if you do a little digging Mr. Schnauzer--you might find they have fingerprints all over this one too.

legalschnauzer said...


Thanks for sharing the 2010 story about Wachovia/Wells Fargo and the laundering of Mexican drug-cartel money. That story slipped past my radar. Wachovia/Wells Fargo have a major banking presence in Birmingham, and it's very likely that Bradley Arant has been involved in representing that bank. Whether that representation involves money laundering . . . who knows? But you raise an excellent question.

legalschnauzer said...

Bradley Arant, it turns out, has a deep history with SouthTrust/Wachovia/Wells Fargo. Here are links to just two of many stories about their connections:

legalschnauzer said...

Here is a 2012 case where Bradley Arant represented Wells Fargo:

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