UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE ELEVENTH CIRCUIT Case No.

05-14744 Appeal from a Final Order of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case No. 05-20637-CIV-SEITZ

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STEPHAN JAY LAWRENCE, Appellant, V. ALAN L. GOLDBERG, Trustee of the chapter 7 Estate of Stephan Jay Lawrence, Appellee.

APPELLEE'S RESPONSE TO APPELLANT'S MOTION TO DISQUALIFY TRUSTEE'S COUNSEL AND TO STRIKE PLEADINGS
BERGER SINGERMAN, P.A. Attorneys for Alan L. Goldberg, Appellee 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1000 Miami, Fl 33131 Tel: (305) 755-9500 Fax: (305) 714-4340 Paul Steven Singerman Florida Bar No. 378860 James H. Fierberg Florida Bar No. 0050970 Paul A. Avron Florida Bar No. 0050814

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Lawrence v. Goldberg, Case No. 05-14774

CERTIFICATE OF INTERESTED PERSONS AND CORPORATE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
1. 2. 3. Avron, Paul A., counsel for Alan L. Goldberg, Appellee. Berger Singerman, P.A., counsel for Alan L. Goldberg, Appellee. Cristol, Hon. A. Jay, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida.

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Fierberg, James H., counsel for Alan L, Goldberg, Appellee.
Goldberg, Alan L., Bankruptcy Trustee, Appellee. Lawrence, Stephan Jay, Appellant (Pro se). Office of the U.S. Trustee. Seitz, Patricia, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida. Singerman, Paul Steven, counsel for Alan L. Goldberg, Appellee. Utschig, Thomas S., U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida. There is no creditors' committee.

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were provided to the Trustee consistent with motions requesting production of documents and things. Of note, the FBOP, through its counsel, did not seek reconsideration or appeal those orders and, unlike Lawrence in respect of the turnover order the FBOP, through counsel, worked cooperatively with the Trustee and his counsel to ensure that the FBOP complied with the court's orders. Anyway, according to Lawrence, one of the purposes of Title Ill is to prevent unlawful communications intercepts being used for "private financial gain." Disqualification Motion at 15.7 However, as discussed above, that purpose is inapposite here. And the Trustee is neither a "corporate spy, a police officer without probable cause, or...a plain snoop." Id. Since Title III is inapposite, all argument by Lawrence regarding mandatory disclosures is rendered facile. And sharing the contents of the discovery obtained by court order with Lawrence's largest creditor— Bear Stearns & Co.—who is underwriting the Trustee's efforts per bankruptcy court order. and investigators retained by the Trustee per court orders who were employed to try and locate the Trust res. was entirely appropriate so that they could determine what, if anything, in the discovery obtained might be useful to them 7. Because Title HI is inapposite, and because the Trustee was unable to make use of

any discovery here is nothing that the Trustee or any of the other attorneys representing the Trustee as general or special counsel did that prejudiced Lawrence 8. Notwithstanding Lawrence's argument to the contrary, there have been no

misrepresentations to this or any other Court.

' Lawrence's reliance upon Granfinanciera v. Nordberg, 492 U.S. 33 (1989) in support of his "private financial gain" argument, Motion at 16, is misplaced. That case is totally inapposite as it dealt with the right to a jury trial by a defendant in an avoidance action brought by a bankruptcy trustee.
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In short, the Disqualification Motion, which is simply another rehash of

arguments set forth in the Recall Motion, should be denied on waiver grounds, collateral estoppel grounds, or on the basis that the premise of the relief requested, violation of Title III, is simply inapposite.

Respectfully submitted, BERGER SINGERMAN, P.A. Attorneys for Appellee Alan L. Goldberg 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1000 iami, FL 3131 el 755-9500 ax: 5) 4-4340

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE

I HEREBY CERTIFY that a true and correct copy of the foregoing was served via
Federal Express on this 20th day of April, 2006 upon Stephan Jay Lawrence, Reg. No. 49061-004 (LEGAL PAPERS/PRIVILEGED) (OPEN IN 33 N.E. 4TH Street, Miami, FL 33132.

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