Battling Zeek-Related Malpractice Claim, MLM Attorney Kevin Grimes Now A New Partner At Thompson Burton

“It is the biggest announcement I’ve ever made in my career.”MLM attorney Kevin Thompson on the hiring of Kevin Grimes, Jan. 9, 2015.

2nd UPDATE 5:35 p.m. ET U.S.A. Zeek Rewards receiver Kenneth D. Bell accused Idaho MLM attorney Kevin Grimes last year of providing “substantial assistance” to Zeek’s Ponzi scheme and, in effect, attempting “to put lipstick on the ZeekRewards pig.”

Grimes, formerly of the now-defunct Grimes & Reese law firm, is battling Bell’s contentions that he engaged in legal malpractice, created a “bogus ‘compliance course’” and participated in “leadership calls” that helped sanitize Zeek.

It is against this backdrop that Grimes, whom Bell is suing for $100 million, has landed at suburban Nashville’s Thompson Burton as a new partner after being flown in to discuss joining the firm. The announcement was made by managing partner Kevin Thompson in both text and video forms. The news appears first to have been published elsewhere on the MLMHelpDesk Blog of Troy Dooly.

Dooly also encountered trouble owing to alleged Zeek ties.

Thompson appears only to make an allusion to Zeek in the 4:28 YouTube video announcing the hire. But he mentions it directly in a Blog post at the Thompson Burton site.

Grimes, whose qualities include experience and depth, is a good person and good lawyer who fosters at-risk teens and is “very open about his faith” and “very passionate about serving people,” Thompson said.

A well-known MLM lawyer in a field often associated with PR blunders, Thompson appears not to be concerned that his 16-member firm whose practice isn’t limited to MLM could take a hit by bringing on Grimes with Zeek matters still unresolved. Three Zeek executives were charged with federal crimes in the aftermath of SEC civil actions in 2012 and 2013.

“I’m excited for what this means,” Thompson said of the hiring of Grimes. “I think in the industry, iron sharpens iron. He can make me better; I can make him better. There’s some things that he’s not doing very well, such as communicating. He’s hasn’t communicated at all.  Most of you don’t even know who he is. We’ve got to fix that. So, you’re going to get to know him better. He’s going through some issues right now, and he’s dealing with them.  And there going to be a day when he’s not dealing with them and he can focus on doing what he does best. He’s been practicing for close to 25 years without any single bar complaints. So, he knows what he’s doing.”

Grimes has not been named a defendant in the SEC’s civil actions and has not been charged with a crime. But Bell, the Zeek receiver, has alleged in court filings that Grimes missed important clues that something was seriously amiss at Zeek.

The SEC has described Zeek as a combined Ponzi- and pyramid scheme that gathered hundreds of millions of dollars. Zeek insiders Paul Burks, Dawn-Wright-Olivares and Daniel Olivares have been charged criminally, with Wright-Olivares and Olivares already entering guilty pleas.

 

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2 Responses to “Battling Zeek-Related Malpractice Claim, MLM Attorney Kevin Grimes Now A New Partner At Thompson Burton”

  1. I wonder if this means that Kevin Thompson will be Kevin Grimes lawyer in his case with the Zeek Receiver Kenneth Bell?

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  2. [quote]He’s been practicing for close to 25 years without any single bar complaints. So, he knows what he’s doing.”[/quote]

    And that’s the problem, with every scheme he allowed to rent his name and bar license, he knew what he was doing.

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