Rothstein Partner Lands On Feet With Garbage Company

26 May

While talk of coming arrests today haunt many former law partners of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, at least one of them has landed a big job.


Grant Smith, who was named assistant managing partner of the doomed Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler firm just 27 days before it imploded, is now general counsel and chief administrative officer of Choice Environmental Services, a garbage company headquartered in Fort Lauderdale.

On Monday Smith, the son of former Congressman Larry Smith, made his return to government activity with a visit to Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter’s office to lobby her on an agenda item at this week’s meeting regarding waste disposal in the county.

His bio on the Choice website does not mention his years with RRA. Smith, who was Rothstein’s chief lobbyist, has never been tied to any wrongdoing connected to the firm. He also cooperated with RRA bankruptcy trustees longer than any other of the defunct firm’s employees.

— With Broward Health, the more that things change, the more things seem to stay the same. The Sentinel’s is reporting that the federal government has subpoenaed records from the tax-assisted public health system regarding 27 physician contracts, including those of prominent — and controversial — heart doctor Michael Chizner. The newspaper reports that the agents affiliated with the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services are looking for violations of federal kick-back laws. The district has been dogged by allegations of cronyism and waste for years. It was the subject of a longstanding federal investigation last decade that led to a prison sentence of former CFO Patricia Mahaney on an embezzlement conviction. After numerous investigative newspaper reports, former Gov. Jeb Bush axed top management at the taxing district and removed all but one of the seven members of its board.

— Well that Heat comeback was one of the best you’ll ever see. People are talking about the Chicago meltdown, but that was an otherworldly burst of points by two players at the end of the game. Wade, who honestly had been playing the worst basketball I’ve ever seen him play, keyed it wand LeBron did what he’s been doing all playoffs — he finished. The two best teams in the NBA are going to the finals, with Game 1 coming Tuesday in Miami. Barkley’s already picked the Mavs (surprise). I got the Heat in six.


11 Responses to “Rothstein Partner Lands On Feet With Garbage Company”

  1. Anonymous May 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm #

    So Grant Smith was in the garbage business, and now he’s in the garbage business again. Hopefully the real RRA trash will be picking up the garbage in the GrayBar.

    Any RRA partner arrests today? If not, WHY NOT?!

    • Patti Lynn May 27, 2011 at 7:56 am #

      Very good, anonymous!!!

  2. It's Rick May 26, 2011 at 11:31 pm #

    Russell Adler has a new website up – I know, you’re wondering how he can still have a law license – anyways he also neglects to mention he was the “R” in “RRA”.

    Let’s get to work Feds. Lots of arrests ahead.

    • It's Rick May 26, 2011 at 11:32 pm #

      I meant the “A” in “RRA”. Florida Bar, note that correction, please.

  3. anonymous May 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm #

    All the lawyers who worked for that crook should be required to serve at least 6 months in jail, for being part of the corruption. Have any of them been disbarred or had their licenses suspended? Shouldn’t that make real lawyers angry, but they don’t speak. Amazing.

  4. Anon1 May 26, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

    Same old, Same old. Talking trash with Ritter.

  5. Death Frog 3 May 26, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    Strong Story and what a game!

    Bob, I know you dont like to toot your own horn but can you let us know when you’re gonna be on tv? We’ll boost the ratings a little

  6. Anon1 May 27, 2011 at 2:38 am #

    How many judges go through any kind of psychological testing before taking this job? None.
    That’s because most of then can’t pass one. How about drug testing? none. How many have to take a lie detector test? None? A janitor has to provide more knowledge of competency than these judges.

    Iunderstand the planes will be flying on Wednesday and I think Seiler’s name is going to be circulated on one of them.

  7. Polygrapher May 27, 2011 at 7:13 am #

    How come 3 off the ads at the end of your column are from garbage companies? Coincidence?

  8. Christy May 27, 2011 at 7:52 am #

    It’s sweep stories under the week-end Friday afternooner, Will the coming arrests happen today? Stay tuned to Bob Norman Channel 10 News Blog.

  9. Snot Rothstein May 27, 2011 at 8:53 am #

    Everyone knew at the firm it was all bullshit and should be partying with me at Club Fed.
    If they really didn’t know then they should be here with me because they would have to be the stupidist MF’ers on the planet and would be a danger to society.
    Come on all you idiots do you really think these lawyers, these bright guys really had no idea what the fuck was going on?

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