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Who Is Roger Stone’s New Attorney Bruce Rogow?

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As Mueller’s investigation into Roger Stone heats up, the 66-year old provocateur has brought on a new lead lawyer: Florida attorney Bruce Rogow.

An experienced lawyer, Rogow has routinely represented the Trump Org in the disputes that it has encountered for decades, while also taking various civil liberties cases up to the Supreme Court.

Grant Smith, a Stone defense lawyer, told CNN that Rogow “joined our team in April 2018 to defend a defamation suit here in South Florida. Because of his unmatched expertise and his superlative national reputation in Constitutional law, criminal law, and investigations, he has transitioned into the lead counsel role on these matters.”

The defamation suit Smith was referencing is a case involving Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui, who sued Stone in March for $100 million. Wengui claims that the the longtime GOP operative defamed him in an Infowars broadcast where Stone claimed that Wengui had siphoned cash to Stephen Bannon and the Clinton campaign.

That dispute is set to go to trial next year, with Rogow taking the lead in Stone’s defense. But his legal past reaches back decades both in American politics and with the Trump Org.

In 1992, Rogow represented former KKK leader David Duke in a case brought by the ACLU to have Duke reinstated on the Florida Republican presidential primary ballot.

Those still traumatized by the 2000 election recount might recall Rogow representing Theresa LePore, the Palm Beach county election official responsible for the area’s butterfly ballots. Rogow distinguished himself in those cases as an effective attorney on the side of the Democratic Party, convincing a judge to allow vote recounts to continue in the area.

At the time, Stone would have been on the opposing side. A self-described “GOP hitman,” Stone credits himself (perhaps dubiously) with organizing the Brooks Brothers Riot where Republican operatives swarmed a Miami government building to disrupt the recount.

Over the years, Rogow began to pick up more cases for the Trump Organization. His work for the President’s loose network of companies encompassed issues that often arose from membership and vendor disputes, and included cases alleging various forms of fraud committed by the President’s Florida businesses.

In one example, Rogow represented Trump in litigation against a Trump-supporting Florida painter who won $300,000 in reimbursement and damages after the Trump Org didn’t pay up in a golf course renovation.

Many of the disputes concern members’ fees, including an appeal over a $200,000 membership deposit from a Trump Golf Club member expelled from the group for “abuse of caddies.” Another revolved around a $5.8 million appeal from former Trump Jupiter members charged up to $20,000 in fees for a club they were banned from using.

Rogow also took the lead on lawsuits against local government. In a typical case from 2007, Rogow represented Mar-a-Lago in a six month-long lawsuit against the Town of Palm Beach. Trump sued the town after it demanded that he request — and be issued — a permit for a 375-square-foot American flag hanging off an 80-foot tall flagpole.

Trump, apparently indignant at being required to ask for permission, sued the town for $10 million, before raising his demand to $25 million as the town began fining his property $1,250 a day for lacking a permit, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Rogow represented Trump in a federal complaint that arose from the case, arguing that the town ordinances “unconstitutionally restrict its ability to fly a large American flag at Mar-a-Lago.”

Trump eventually settled the case, agreeing to move the flag inwards on his property and pay $100,000 to an Iraq War veterans’ charity in exchange for the town waiving its fines.

The donation was made, but not by Trump himself or Mar-a-Lago — rather, the Trump Foundation gave the $100,000. That donation has now become one part of a New York State Attorney general’s lawsuit against the charity.

In another case, Rogow represented Trump in a $100 million lawsuit against Palm Beach County for a “deliberate and malicious” decision to route air traffic over Mar-a-Lago.

The lawsuit was dropped after Trump won the 2016 election.

This article was written by Josh Kovensky from Talking Points Memo and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@newscred.com.

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