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Tom Girardi, Erika Girardi, former LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and former Sheriff Lee Baca.

As an investigator for the State Bar of California, Tom Layton was responsible for policing the legal profession for rogue attorneys.

But while collecting a salary as a watchdog for the public, Layton spent work hours advancing the interests and political connections of a lawyer with a long record of misconduct complaints: the now-disgraced trial attorney Tom Girardi, emails obtained by the Los Angeles Times show.

During years when clients accused the attorney of stealing from them, Layton, the most high-profile investigator at the agency, was arranging dinner dates for Girardi with civic elites, such as then-Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck and billionaire developer Ed Roski, and otherwise acting as his personal assistant, political operative and, at times, chauffeur, according to the emails.

“I’ll CC Tom Layton so he can arrange to transport you all to the Chief’s Office,” Beck’s aide wrote to Girardi’s secretary in advance of a 2014 photo op for Girardi, his wife, Erika — a “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star — and a police running team they sponsored. The aide added, “Confirm, the 3rd is Mr. Girardi’s birthday, yes?”

The emails, provided to The Times by the bar in response to a public records request, shed further light on how the bar’s oversight of Girardi, one of the nation’s most prominent civil attorneys, failed.

A Times investigation previously revealed that Girardi treated Layton and other bar officials to private plane rides and fancy dinners and employed their children at his firm. In the wake of the story, the bar conducted an internal review of past investigations of Girardi and found “mistakes made.” The agency’s board of trustees has refused to release detailed information about the nature of the errors, or whether they were related to Girardi’s close ties with agency personnel.

Layton did not return messages seeking comment.

Tom Girardi is being investigated after a judge found he misappropriated at least $2 million in client funds that were due to the families of those killed in the crash of a Boeing jet in Indonesia.

Girardi is the subject of a federal criminal investigation stemming from his misappropriation of millions of dollars in settlement money from Indonesians widowed and orphaned in a 2018 plane crash. Following the collapse last year of his firm, Girardi Keese, the 82-year-old was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and was in a court-ordered conservatorship with his brother acting as his legal guardian.

Girardi and Layton, who is 20 years younger, have run in the same political circles for decades and have been close since at least the early 2000s. Layton started at the bar in 1999 after his career in the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department was cut short by injury. Though he never rose beyond the rank of deputy, he was active in the union’s political endorsements and became close with former Sheriff Lee Baca and eventually other high-level law enforcement officials throughout the state. During a 2016 episode of “Real Housewives,” Girardi and his wife were greeted at the Palm steakhouse by Beck, who told them, “Just having lunch with Layton.”

Girardi was an influential campaign donor, and the men were often seen together at Morton’s Steakhouse in downtown L.A., Madeo in Beverly Hills and political fundraisers.

Layton made as little as $42,000 a year at the bar, where he was one of about 40 investigators who looked into complaints against lawyers by clients, judges and others. The emails suggest that, in the eyes of the city’s power players, Layton had a different role as a proxy for Girardi.

The week before a police charity gala in 2013, Layton sent a message to an assistant for L.A. Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, inviting her to sit at a table with Girardi at the swanky benefit.

By that time, scores of clients had sued Girardi, accusing him of skimming settlement money, and he had been reported to the bar on at least one occasion. It’s unclear how much Layton knew about the allegations.

Girardi’s problems do not appear to have given Layton pause. Writing from his government email account on a weekday afternoon, he told the D.A.’s assistant that he had arranged a powerful set to dine with them: Baca, U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte, Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and a justice of the state appellate court. Roski, the developer and a classmate of Girardi at Loyola High School who had paid for the table, would be there, and additional VIPs might join as well, Layton told her.

“I am waiting on the FBI and a few others,” he wrote.

Lacey declined the invitation, and Gatto said in an interview that he did not attend either.

Others did accept Layton’s offers of meals with Girardi. When Beck traveled to Las Vegas in March 2014, his aide alerted colleagues to block off time for a meal at Michael’s Gourmet Room at the South Point Casino.

“Tom Girardi and Tom Layton have invited COP (and two security aides) to dinner,” the aide wrote, using the abbreviation for chief of police.

Later that year, Roski’s secretary at Majestic Realty made plans for Girardi to eat with the developer, Beck and the recently appointed president of the Los Angeles Police Commission.

“Tom Layton has asked me to coordinate a dinner with the boys which will include Steve Soboroff,” Roski’s secretary wrote in October 2014.

After Beck’s aide said the chief was too busy to attend, Layton replied, “Let’s meet anyway and set up a follow up meeting when Charlie is available.”

Soboroff said in an interview that the dinner, at Morton’s, was the only time he ever met Girardi.

“When Ed Roski calls me and says I want to go to dinner, I never say no,” he said, adding that he left early and was unclear about why he was included. “I didn’t know what it was about before dinner, and I didn’t know what it was about afterward.”

When one of Girardi’s top deputies, attorney James O’Callahan, wanted to book Beck to speak at the 2014 black-tie dinner of the local chapter of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, an organization that promotes Irish culture, he approached Layton.

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“Isn’t it great to be deputized to be the go-between,” joked O’Callahan, who died in 2019. Layton forwarded the message to Beck’s aide, and the chief accepted the invitation.

Layton sought other favors for Girardi. In July 2014, Beck’s aide reached out to a lieutenant in the commercial crimes division about a financial dispute Girardi was having related to the management of his private jet.

“Mr. Girardi wanted to talk to you about pursuing criminal charges on the airplane caretaker embezzlement case,” the aide said. The lieutenant responded that his detectives had already talked to an attorney at Girardi’s firm, Amy Solomon.

“We are going to take a courtesy report,” the lieutenant wrote, noting that the alleged incident hadn’t even occurred in LAPD jurisdiction. Beck’s aide forwarded the exchange to Layton, who shot back, “Have someone call Tom re the embezzlement.”

No charges were filed.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore, left, and attorney Tom Girardi in 2019.

The next month, Erika Girardi’s son, Thomas Zizzo, was graduating from the Los Angeles Police Academy. Beck invited the couple and Layton, described in an email as a “family friend,” to park in a VIP section and sit with him during the ceremony, according to emails.

“Might have a retired supreme court justice coming,” Layton told Beck’s aide. “I will let you know.”

Although the emails do not give a full portrait of how Layton spent his workdays, they show that he often used his official email to ingratiate himself with those in potentially useful positions — delivering a chocolate cake to an LAPD secretary, tracking down a textbook for an L.A. County prosecutor — and to trade gossip.

Among those he dished political intrigue with was Justice Paul Turner, an appellate court judge who died in 2017. As individuals jockeyed to replace Baca in 2014, Turner used his judicial email account to strategize ways to help his preferred candidate, Jim McDonnell, whom he called “Jimmy.”

“For what it is worth, my sense is it would be helpful if [former LAPD Chief Bill] Bratton endorsed, spoke highly of, or otherwise indicated Jimmy would help reform the department,” Turner told Layton. “You, me and Bratton know that ‘reform’ means arrest a lot more people but people like [former L.A. County Supervisor] Zev [Yaroslavsky] think that refers to dogooder blather.”

Layton then forwarded the judge’s comments to Beck.

Lee Baca, in an undated photo, was among high-level law enforcement officials with whom Tom Layton developed a relationship.

Girardi had a reputation around the state as a judge-maker, thanks to his close relationships with governors who made bench appointments, including Gavin Newsom and Jerry Brown. In these efforts, Layton was often by Girardi’s side.

The investigator “seemed like an extension of Girardi and did his bidding,” recalled Kathleen Tuttle, a veteran prosecutor who dealt with both men while unsuccessfully seeking a judgeship.

After Tuttle sought Girardi’s help at a meeting at the Jonathan Club, he told her he would talk to Layton about it. The emails show the investigator agreed to a dinner meeting in 2014, but backed out at the last minute.

“That is just how it was. Those were the channels you worked through, and everyone knew that,” Tuttle said.

On at least two occasions, Beck, the LAPD chief, turned to Layton for advice about whether to endorse judicial candidates. After a deputy public defender requested a recommendation in 2013, Beck’s aide asked Layton for advice.

“I am checking on him now,” he replied. The man did not receive an appointment, though it’s unclear whether Layton provided any information about him.

In 2014, then-Superior Court Commissioner Debra Losnick sought the chief’s help for her campaign for judge.

“Can you review and give me a recommendation on this lady,” Beck’s assistant asked Layton.

“Let me check,” Layton responded. After the assistant noted that Losnick “was a bit rude on the phone,” he responded, “Forget her then.”

Losnick did not get Beck’s endorsement and lost the election. She was appointed to the bench by Brown in 2018. In an interview, she said she did not know Layton and was mystified by the aide’s comment: “I’m probably the nicest person you would ever meet.”

The emails also indicate the doors Girardi opened for Layton, who often traveled with the attorney, including on at least one trip to Washington, D.C. When an LAPD captain sent Layton an article about a Supreme Court decision affecting policing, he boasted, “I had dinner with [Antonin] Scalia 7 months ago.” Girardi talked publicly about striking up a friendship with the late justice after one of his cases was argued at the Supreme Court.

Some inside the bar had concerns about Layton’s relationship with Girardi and what he was doing during work hours. He was often absent from the Figueroa Street office, kept odd hours when he was there and had multiple business cards bearing different titles. After his supervisor complained, he was moved to the office of Joe Dunn, then executive director and another friend of Girardi. Dunn was fired in November 2014, and Layton was placed on administrative leave and ultimately shown the door.

With Girardi as one of his lawyers, Layton sued the state bar and ultimately reached a $400,000 settlement. Even after he left the premises, he continued to get emails from LAPD brass.

Michel Moore, then an assistant chief, reached out in 2015, as he gathered support for a new department initiative.

“I’d like to arrange a conference call with you,” wrote Moore, now LAPD chief.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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Erika Jayne’s estranged husband Thomas Girardi has reportedly not been doing very well as his memory has allegedly faded.

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And now his family has filed to place him under a temporary conservatorship amid his ongoing legal trouble and divorce with the RHOBH star.

In new court documents, obtained by People, the 81-year-old trial lawyer has reportedly ‘deteriorated to the point where he cannot care for himself without assistance.’ 

Devastating: Erika Jayne's estranged husband Thomas Girardi's family has filed to place him under a temporary conservatorship amid his ongoing legal trouble and divorce; pictured in 2016

Devastating: Erika Jayne’s estranged husband Thomas Girardi’s family has filed to place him under a temporary conservatorship amid his ongoing legal trouble and divorce; pictured in 2016

‘His short-term memory is severely compromised and, on information and belief, he is often not oriented as to date, time or place,’ writes Tom’s brother Robert Girardi in a citation for conservatorship. 

The petition also noted that his housekeeper of 25 years is planning to quit because he ‘cannot pay’ her any longer. 

‘Tom does have family members, such as Petitioner [Robert], and certain friends looking out for him to make sure he has sufficient food and that he makes it to a given appointment on time,’ documents allege of Tom’s ‘current condition.’ 

In addition, Robert speculated that ‘left to his own devices, it is highly doubtful that Tom could manage most of the activities of daily living for any significant period of time without assistance.’  

Struggling: In new court documents, obtained by People on Thursday, the 81-year-old trial lawyer has reportedly 'deteriorated to the point where he cannot care for himself without assistance' (seen in April, 2018)

Struggling: In new court documents, obtained by People on Thursday, the 81-year-old trial lawyer has reportedly ‘deteriorated to the point where he cannot care for himself without assistance’ (seen in April, 2018)

A sad fall: 'His short-term memory is severely compromised and, on information and belief, he is often not oriented as to date, time or place,' writes Tom's brother Robert Girardi in a citation for conservatorship (Erika seen in late 2020)

A sad fall: ‘His short-term memory is severely compromised and, on information and belief, he is often not oriented as to date, time or place,’ writes Tom’s brother Robert Girardi in a citation for conservatorship (Erika seen in late 2020)

As Tom navigates his alleged bankruptcy and being accused of embezzling settlement funds meant to help the families of victims on Lion Air Flight 610, his sibling wrote that Tom is ‘unable to handle his financial affairs and protect his property at present, despite serious financial and legal problems.’ 

The papers also suggest that Tom believes his financial problems ‘are temporary or expresses disbelief that he does not have access to funds and has to be continually reminded of this fact….A temporary conservatorship is necessary.’ 

Erika is listed as Thomas’ wife, but the documents confirm the former couple are not living together and it’s uncertain whether she will sign off on the conservatorship. 

Sad: The petition also noted that his housekeeper of 25 years is quitting because he 'cannot pay them any longer'

Sad: The petition also noted that his housekeeper of 25 years is quitting because he ‘cannot pay them any longer’

‘A hearing is set for Feb. 1 at the Los Angeles Superior Court,’ according to ET

His 49-year-old ex, who filed for divorce in November, is reportedly preparing to ‘address her divorce on the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ and is ‘not holding back’ on any of the details.

‘Legally, there is only so much she is allowed to say, but she has been advised on what she can put out there,’ a source told Us Weekly late last month. 

Bitter battle: Erika is currently in the midst of a bitter split with estranged husband, after filing for divorce from the 81-year-old attorney in November; Erika and Tom pictured

Bitter battle: Erika is currently in the midst of a bitter split with estranged husband, after filing for divorce from the 81-year-old attorney in November; Erika and Tom pictured

Devout viewers of the Bravo series will ‘also finally hear the other Housewives’ thoughts on Erika and Tom’s divorce,’ such as co-star Lisa Rinna who has ‘been [Erika’s] biggest support among the cast.’ 

Despite Erika having ‘protected Tom at all costs’ while filming seasons of RHOBH in the past, the source claimed that ‘this time around is going to be different’ for Erika, who never signed a prenuptial agreement. 

‘She’s going to tell her story and she’s not going to hold back,’ the insider concluded.

Some barriers: 'Legally, there is only so much she is allowed to say, but she has been advised on what she can put out there,' a source told UsWeekly on Tuesday; Erika pictured in 2019

Some barriers: ‘Legally, there is only so much she is allowed to say, but she has been advised on what she can put out there,’ a source told UsWeekly on Tuesday; Erika pictured in 2019

Like Erika and Lisa, Kyle Richards, Dorit Kemsley, and Garcelle Beauvais will be returning for season 11 of the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills, along with newcomers Crystal Kung Minkoff and Kathy Hilton. 

News of Erika’s plans to dish on her divorce on RHOBH comes after the Painkillr songstress used Instagram to expose one of Tom’s alleged mistresses.

She not only named his alleged other woman, but claimed that ‘she was f***ing [her] husband and he was paying her Saks bill and plastic surgery. 

Erika, who went on to delete the expletive-filled post, shared a slew of suggestive text messages that were allegedly made between Girardi and his supposed mistress.

Weighing in: Devout viewers of the Bravo series will 'also finally hear the other Housewives' thoughts on Erika and Tom's divorce,' such as co-star Lisa Rinna who has 'been [Erika's] biggest support among the cast'; Erika and cast of season 10 of RHOBH pictured

Weighing in: Devout viewers of the Bravo series will ‘also finally hear the other Housewives’ thoughts on Erika and Tom’s divorce,’ such as co-star Lisa Rinna who has ‘been [Erika’s] biggest support among the cast’; Erika and cast of season 10 of RHOBH pictured

‘Miss you babe. Makeup sex?’ read one of the alleged mistress’ text messages, while another marveled out how ‘fantastic’ her night was with the accomplished attorney. 

Another wished the lawyer a ‘good night sweets’ and reminded him to ‘control that temper tomorrow on the stand’ and that he is ‘in the right.’

One of the final messages featured a full-bodied photo of a woman posing atop a bed with her face in her hand and her legs in the air. 

The shocking screenshots came just days after a source close to situation claimed to People that Erika and Tom’s 21 year marriage crumbled because she believed he had ‘multiple affairs.’  

No more protecting: Despite Erika having 'protected Tom at all costs' while filming seasons of RHOBH in the past, the source claimed that 'this time around is going to be different' for Erika

No more protecting: Despite Erika having ‘protected Tom at all costs’ while filming seasons of RHOBH in the past, the source claimed that ‘this time around is going to be different’ for Erika

Tom is also currently facing a major lawsuit that accuses him of embezzling funds from his clients in order to keep up a lavish lifestyle for himself and the RHOBH star.

Despite citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ on the official divorce filing, the insider claimed to the outlet that Erika actually filed for divorce ‘because [Tom] was cheating on her with multiple women’ and that the Bravo star has ‘known about his infidelity for years.’ 

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Allegedly, Erika tried her hardest to ‘save’ her marriage with Tom, but the final straw came when he allegedly flaunted his affair while she was starring in Chicago on Broadway.

‘When she was performing her last week on Broadway, he left her high and dry and was frolicking around town instead of supporting her and attending her shows,’ the source told People. ‘She realized she would never be a priority to him and that was her breaking point.’

According to the source, Erika and Tom’s split ‘was a long time coming,’ dubbing the attorney’s embezzlement lawsuit as just a coincidence.

Yikes: Tom is also currently facing a major lawsuit that accuses him of embezzling funds from his clients in order to keep up a lavish lifestyle for himself and the RHOBH star

Yikes: Tom is also currently facing a major lawsuit that accuses him of embezzling funds from his clients in order to keep up a lavish lifestyle for himself and the RHOBH star

The lawsuit accuses Tom of misappropriating $2 million from the families of victims who died in the 2018 Lion Air plane crash that plunged into the Java Sea killing all 189 people on board.

Recently, US District Judge Thomas M. Durkin overseeing the plane crash victims’ case in Illinois froze Girardi’s assets and called his mishandling of money meant to go to the Indonesian children left orphaned by a plane crash ‘unconscionable.’

Lawyers for Girardi said they had concerns about his mental competency and asked he undergo a mental health examination. But lawyers for the plane crash victims’ families called those claims ‘a sham’.

As for the Girardi’s money troubles, they seem worse than ever with Tom admitting to a judge that he was virtually penniless after losing up to $80 million. 

He is currently facing demands from creditors, high-interest lenders, lawyers, his first wife, and a security company that once guarded his Pasadena mansion for money – in addition to being accused of embezzlement.

‘At one point I had about $80million or $50million in cash. That’s all gone,’ Girardi said this fall in testimony in unspecified case, according to a Los Angeles Times report. ‘I don’t have any money,’ he added.


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