It hasn’t been the best of times for Tampa attorney Barry Cohen.
The Tampa Bay Times Peter Jamison recently revealed that Cohen owes at least $35 million to “out-of state financial firms … the result of high-interest loans Cohen has used for at least the past decade to fund his unusually expensive brand of high-stakes, contingent-fee litigation.”
Now, I’ve been told that Cohen’s $5,000 check to Charlie Crist’s political committee bounced.
On March 29, Cohen contributed $5,000 to “Charlie Crist for Florida,” according to a report posted online by the committee. On April 3, the report shows an expenditure in the same amount. The committee confirmed that the check had been returned for insufficient funds.
Cohen has dismissed past speculation about his money problems as the aspersions of envious competitors in the legal community, reported Jamison. He continued to downplay questions about his firm’s solvency, saying he has plans to take care of the debts and expects the revenue from several large, ongoing cases to ease the money crunch over the next few years.
Far be it for me to criticize someone for bouncing a check, so let’s hope things turn around quickly for Cohen.