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Andy Allman’s Former Clients Still Waiting for Criminal Charges against Him
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Andy Allman

Summary: The former clients of Andy Allman are waiting in limbo as one county is waiting for another county to possibly file criminal charges against the thieving attorney.

This Tennessee lawyer is the kind that gives lawyers a bad rap. The Board of Professional Responsibility fears that Sumner County lawyer Andy Allman may have up to 400 victims to his deception and theft schemes. He is accused of stealing and cheating 71 clients but bankruptcy documents indicate there may be more victims.

  
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Allman is currently in bankruptcy court after he lost his law license last November from the slew of complaints and a felony theft charge. He is accused of stealing from clients, some of which even included close friends.

Allman has still not faced a trial for the charges, something his former clients are getting frustrated about. Cathy Brown had been a client of Allman until he stole roughly $230,000 from her. The money from her deceased estate was supposed to be used for the care of her nephew, Baylor Bramble.

Bramble suffered a brain injury during a high school football game. He was 16 at the time of the accident, two years ago. His father explained, “He tapped himself out. Took his helmet off. He just collapsed.” Bramble suffered from a brain bleed that “pushed or herniated the brain” and likely came from multiple hits during practices and the game. Doctors didn’t expect the boy to live more than a few days but he has pushed back with the help of a lot of therapy.

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The money Allman stole from them was supposed to go towards the best treatment options for Bramble but instead, the family does what they can from their garage. His mom quit her job so she could take care of him. Brown explained, “[Allman’s] still dining in the country club, heading out on his boat as far as I know, but where is the money coming from?”

Allman’s trial date in Davidson County has been pushed back even further to May 2018 while they wait for possible criminal charges from Sumner County. Brown said her family feels like he got a “get out of jail card free because [he has] done do so many bad things, so frustrating.”



The only victory so far in the case is that an attorney for one victim, Steven Lefkovitz, has been able to stop the despicable attorney from getting away with everything. Allman declared bankruptcy but then tried to go back out. He filed without an attorney and without notifying his creditors. Now his former clients are listing themselves as creditors so it will be harder for him to get out of paying them back.

Allman appealed the judge’s ruling to keep him in bankruptcy but Lefkovitz objected. Lefkovitz said, “My response was ‘Andy, you have given me the keys to the kingdom.’ While he is in bankruptcy, I have access to all his financial records and have subpoena power in any matter or situation regarding his finances. Andy turned on the water and put his toe in…now it is time for him to take a bath.”

At this time there are 400 files against him in bankruptcy court. With so much to go through, Lefkovitz wants a forensic audit to go over Allman’s finances.

He also pleaded the fifth when asked to explain himself and the allegations against him.

Do you think a freeze should be placed on all of his accounts until his clients can be repaid? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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