“She was an ambitious lawyer and TV commentator who starting going to Atlantic City casinos to relax, and soon was getting high-roller treatment that included limousines whisking her to the resort….But her gambling spun out of control…She says her losses totaled nearly $1 million.

“Now she’s chasing the longest of long shots: a $20 million racketeering lawsuit in federal court against six Atlantic City casinos and one in Las Vegas, claiming they had a duty to notice her compulsive gambling problem and cut her off.”

In family court fathers are often vilified by their ex-wives and their exes’ attorneys. Whatever it is, somehow dad is always wrong and has let everyone down.

Feminist family law attorney Arelia Margarita Taveras (pictured) wrote The Gangsta Girls’ Guide To Child Support, described by the Associated Press as a “guidebook for women dealing with deadbeat dads in the court system.” According to the AP, Taveras’ gambling losses totaled nearly $1 million. She lost her law practice, her apartment, her parents’ home, and owes the IRS $58,000. She dipped into her clients’ escrow accounts to finance her gambling habit, was disbarred last June, and faces criminal charges.

She does know right where to place the blame, though–on the casinos. “They had a duty of care to me,” she explains.

It certainly is sad to see someone destroy their life this way. Still, given her “it’s always their fault” mentality, can you imagine what it would be like if this was your ex’s lawyer?

The story is below–thanks to Katie, a reader, for sending it to me.

Woman Files $20M Long-Shot Casino Suit
By Wayne Perry, Associated Press
3/8/08

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) ­ She was an ambitious lawyer and TV commentator who starting going to Atlantic City casinos to relax, and soon was getting high-roller treatment that included limousines whisking her to the resort.

Arelia Margarita Taveras says she was even allowed to bring her dog, Sasha, to the blackjack tables, sitting in her purse.

But her gambling spun out of control: She said she would go days at a time at the tables, not eating or sleeping, brushing her teeth with disposable wipes so she didn’t have to leave.

She says her losses totaled nearly $1 million.

Now she’s chasing the longest of long shots: a $20 million racketeering lawsuit in federal court against six Atlantic City casinos and one in Las Vegas, claiming they had a duty to notice her compulsive gambling problem and cut her off.

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Glenn Sacks, www.GlennSacks.com

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