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Ripoff Rebuttal

In recent postings on Ripoff Report (RipoffReport.com) I am being smeared by a defendant, Kevin Wessell, against whom a more than $2 million judgment was obtained in Federal Court for fraudulently and criminally defrauding investors, representing that his own LLC in California is a Swedish Credit Union.

ARSHAG J. BODJELIAN

  • I am a real property developer based in Woodland Hills, California, and I also hold a real estate and mortgage broker license.
  • I have known attorney Anthony Gordon of Woodland Hills since he became my attorney in 1991, when he represented me in an action involving the environmental clean-up of a property I was developing that was located near a former gas station. Since then, I have continued to use Anthony Gordon’s services in other legal matters as well, and continue to refer clients to him.
  • I have reviewed some of the anonymous postings on Ripoff Reports attacking Anthony Gordon’s reputation and character. I find these to be completely absurd and inconsistent with the Anthony Gordon who I know and who has been my attorney for many years. Each post on Ripoff Reports attacking Anthony Gordon is written anonymously and irrespective of the nature or seriousness of the complaint, not one these so-called disgruntled clients has ever sued Anthony Gordon. I have also checked the California State Bar website for Anthony B. Gordon and note that he was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983, and for the past 35 years, there have never been any complaints filed against him or any disciplinary proceedings instituted against him. He has a clean record, and the attacks against him on Ripoff Reports in smearing his good reputation are false and bear no resemblance to the Anthony Gordon I know.

JOYCE REBHUN

  • I am a former IRS attorney and a tax consultant who practices as Joyce Rebhun, Inc. in Beverly Hills, California I have more than 32 years of experience in assisting taxpayers with their income tax problems.
  • I know attorney Anthony Gordon who practices in Woodland Hills, California. He came highly recommended to me and I first started using his services in 2014. As a tax practitioner, I represent many clients who require the services of a litigation attorney and whenever I can, I refer my clients to Anthony Gordon as I have a lot of confidence in him. I have always found him to be polite, courteous, professional, diligent and hard working with a good understanding of the law. His fees are extremely reasonable, given his many years of experience.
  • I know that Tony Gordon has been practicing in California since 1983, and have checked the California Bar website which shows that he has a clean record and there has never been any disciplinary measures taken against him.
  • I have reviewed the postings of Anthony Gordon on Ripoff Reports. They all show a clear intent to damage his reputation by posting defamatory information about him. I wish to rebut the content of these reports as complete fabrication since they bear no resemblance to the Anthony Gordon who has represented both me and my clients in litigation for the past eight years. In my opinion, his reliability, honesty, integrity and competence are beyond reproach.

DAVID FRIEDMAN

  • Prior to my emigration to the United States, I was a judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa (now called the High Court of South Africa) Natal Provincial Division. I have resided in Los Angeles for the past thirty-five years where I have been actively engaged in real estate, and since 1996 have been the President and CEO of a real estate company, which owns, manages and develops a variety of real estate projects.
  • I have known Tony Gordon since 1972, when I was a senior counsel at the Durban Bar and Tony was a state advocate on the Attorney-General prosecuting staff in Natal. I first met Tony when we both appeared in the same appeal before the Natal Provincial Division. After leaving the Attorney-General’s prosecuting staff, Tony practiced as a barrister at the Johannesburg Bar until he emigrated to California, where he now practices as an attorney in Woodland Hills.
  • I met Tony again shortly after my arrival in Los Angeles and over the past 26 years, Tony has competently represented the entities I am associated with in litigation, and has given me and those entities sound and reliable legal advice. I have always found Tony to be honest, diligent, competent and trustworthy. Given his experience, I have always found his fees to be extremely reasonable.
  • I have reviewed some of the anonymous postings on Ripoff Reports attacking Tony Gordon’s reputation and character, and I find them to be completely inconsistent with the Tony Gordon who I know and with whom I have worked for many years. It is clear to me that the anonymous person who posted reports on Ripoff Reports about Tony Gordon did so with the intent of damaging his good reputation and law practice. When practicing as a barrister in South Africa, I was for a time Chairman of the Natal Bar Council and as such presided over a number of disciplinary enquiries in connection with the conduct of barristers in Natal. I am, and always have been, acutely aware of the ethics and acceptable professional conduct of lawyers in South Africa, and I have no reason to suppose that the standards required in California of members of the legal profession are anything different from that which were in South Africa. In my view and as a result of my contact with him, I consider Tony Gordon to embody the best of those standards. I would not have employed him to represent any of my businesses if I had any doubts on this score. Each post on Ripoff Reports attacking Ton Gordon is written anonymously and irrespective of the nature or seriousness of the complaint, not one these anonymous persons who pass themselves off as so-called disgruntled clients has ever sued Tony Gordon. I understand that the California State Bar website for Anthony B. Gordon shows that he was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983, and for the past 35 years, there have never been any complaints filed against him or any disciplinary proceedings instituted against him. He has a clean record, and the attacks against him on Ripoff Reports smearing his reputation are entirely contrary to my experiences.

PATRICK LYNCH

  • My name is Patrick Lynch. I am a retired partner of the firm of O’Melveny & Myers. I practiced complex civil litigation in Los Angeles for forty years. I am a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • I have known Anthony B. Gordon since 1982 when he was hired as an associate by the law firm where I spent my career until retirement, O’Melveny & Myers LLP. I worked him day-to-day during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill litigation. To my knowledge, Anthony Gordon is a highly qualified civil litigator with an emphasis on business disputes. He is diligent, creative and totally loyal to his clients. I have recommended him to friends and important clients on more than one occasion. I would not hesitate to recommend Tony for any complex business case.
  • Tony called my attention to scurrilous and anonymous postings on a website calling itself Ripoff Reports. Based on thirty years of experience, I can say with hesitation that these postings are totally at odds with Tony Gordon’s record and character. I do not believe they were written by a former Tony Gordon client or by anyone who knows Tony

NICO VAN NIEKERK

  • I am the managing director of an IT firm in Los Angeles that has from time to time been involved in litigation. I have always relied on Anthony Gordon to represent me and my firm. He has competently represented us, either by obtaining a judgment in our favor, or by settling the matter to our satisfaction.
  • I have always found Tony to be the epitome of honesty and reliability, and his fees are extremely reasonable.
  • I have reviewed some of the postings on Ripoff Reports which attempt to smear Anthony Gordon’s reputation by attacking his reliability, honesty, integrity and competence. I wish to rebut the content of these reports as complete fabrication since they bear no resemblance to the Anthony Gordon I know.

PAUL MCNAMARA

  • I am the General Counsel at Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company. Before beginning my position as General Counsel, I was a litigation partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP where I practiced complex civil litigation for 29 years.
  • I have known Anthony Gordon since 1982, as we were both associates in the Litigation Department at the O’Melveny & Myers law firm. During the time that Tony was at O’Melveny & Myers, we worked closely together on the “Coordinated Asbestos Insurance Coverage Cases,” which is reputed to be one of the largest and most complex litigation cases in the insurance industry. Tony continued his work on the Coordinated Asbestos Insurance Coverage Cases after leaving O’Melveny, bringing his substantial litigation experience and good judgment to the benefit of another client.
  • Tony has a wealth of experience, having practiced as a barrister in South Africa before the State Bar of California admitted him to practice in California. In my opinion and experience, Tony is a hard-working, diligent, and exceptionally competent litigation attorney. Furthermore, his ethics and integrity are beyond question. I would not hesitate to recommend him to someone needing legal representation in Los Angeles.
  • Tony referred me to some of the anonymous e postings about him that have appeared Ripoff Reports that attempt to smear his reputation by attacking his reliability, honesty, integrity and competence. I wish to rebut the content of these reports. They are factually inaccurate (for example, they say he worked on neither the Coordinated Asbestos Proceedings or the Exxon Valdex litigation – both of these claims to my personal knowledge are false). Others appear to be complete fabrications. Based on their tenor, I suspect they are written by someone who has some other personal agenda to further. In any case, they bear no resemblance to the Anthony Gordon I have known for over 35 years.

RICHARD EPSTEIN

  • I was the chief operating officer for Universal Nutrients, LLC, a company based in Dallas, Texas. In 2016, Universal Nutrients was sued for trademark infringement in the Federal District Court in Los Angeles. We needed an attorney to defend against the action and our counsel in Dallas recommended that we retain Anthony Gordon from Woodland Hills to represent us. It was a great choice.
  • Tony and his co-counsel were successful in getting the entire action dismissed in the early stages of the litigation. I was extremely pleased with the result, which ultimately saved Universal substantial money in legal fees as well as allowing us to continue the sale of our products.
  • Shortly after the case concluded, I received a check in the mail from Tony which was the remaining balance left over in his trust account. I remarked that this was the first and only time I received a refund from an attorney, having found Tony’s fees to be extremely reasonable and effective. He answered all of my phone calls quickly and efficiently.
  • My association with Tony Gordon was most positive and I highly recommend him. The anonymous postings on Ripoff Report are in direct contradiction to the fine work product we received from Tony Gordon. The California State Bar website for Anthony B. Gordon notes that he was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983, and for the past 35 years, and I have not seen any complaints filed against him or any disciplinary proceedings instituted against him. He has a clean record, and, in our opinion has shown himself to be reliable, honest, and highly competent with great integrity.

THOMAS ALEXANDER

  • I am a real estate broker for commercial property in Anchorage Alaska. In 2008, I had the extreme misfortune of depositing over $520,000 in a fake bank called “The Alps,” ostensibly based in Sweden, but which was operated by Kevin Wessell and his group of companies “1-800 Companies” out of their offices in the Santa Clarita, California.
  • Tony Gordon was recommended to me and he and his co-counsel Edward Bialack filed an action in the United States federal court in Los Angeles against Kevin Wessell and the companies he controlled. Mr. Wessell and his attorney tried every trick in the book to deter me from pursuing my claims against him. With the assistance of Tony Gordon and Edward Bialack, I recovered a judgment in excess of three million dollars for fraud, violation of the RICO statute and punitive damages and attorney’s fees and costs.
  • During this process I was astounded to learn I was not alone! There were in fact multiple people Kevin Wessell defrauded and ripped off millions of dollars from.
  • Shortly after the judge gave her judgment, a series of negative articles, all anonymously written, started to appear on Ripoff Reports about the various people who were involved in exposing Kevin Wessell for the fraud he was proven to be. No one was spared, not even the federal court judge who tried the case and found Kevin Wessell to be the most unreliable and dishonest witness she had ever encountered in more than 30 years on the bench. The Ripoff Report reported that “US Federal Judge [name omitted] a white female, was held in custody on charges of prostitution stemming from an investigation by the Los Angeles County Narcotic Drugs Commission on felony charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and first degree possession of marijuana and misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and third degree promoting prostitution, offering a price for services to be rendered for pimping and pandering one of her many prostitutes on Monday. She also was in possession of cocaine.”
  • The anonymous writer of the post about me on Ripoff Reports accuses me of inappropriately touching his wife while I was purportedly showing her a property in Alaska. The post also accused me of sinking my boat on purpose to obtain the insurance money. None of these things ever took place and again his statements were all fabricated falsified lies.
  • At about the same time, a variety of highly defamatory posts appeared on Ripoff Reports about others who had sued Wessell to recover the money they had deposited with The Alps. One such person placed more than five million dollars with Kevin Wessell’s fake bank. After discovering the fraud, he then sued Wessell to recover the millions of dollars he had lost. In the post about this person, his anonymous accuser accused him of sexually abusing a child and producing child pornography.
  • Also at that time, posts started appearing on Ripoff Reports about Anthony Gordon and Edward Bialack. I have read these reports and completely reject them as false and lacking any truth whatsoever. I found both Tony Gordon and Ed Bialack to be extremely professional, competent, conscientious, hard-working and honest. Furthermore, given the amount of work involved in bringing this case to trial, their fees were very reasonable, and they also accommodated me in every way possible to make it easier for me to pay their legal fees.
  • I have reviewed some of the anonymous postings on Ripoff Reports attacking the reputations and characters of Tony Gordon and Ed Bialack. It is clear to me that the anonymous person who wrote these posts on Ripoff Reports about Tony Gordon and Ed Bialack was Kevin Wessell and he did so with the sole intent of damaging their good names and reputations as an act of revenge against them for exposing his fraudulent and dishonest conduct.
  • It’s way beyond any possible coincidence that every plaintiff who sued Kevin Wessell and exposed him for the crook he is, from the victims he defrauded, the attorneys representing these victims including Tony Gordon and Edward Bialack, even down to the US Federal Judge presiding over his case, would mysteriously be defamed on Ripoff Reports could be anyone other than Kevin Wessell, since they all appeared at the same time he was being exposed.
  • I note that each post is written anonymously and irrespective of the nature of the complaint, not one of these so-called disgruntled clients has ever sued Tony Gordon or Edward Bialack. I have also checked the California State Bar website for Anthony B. Gordon and Edward Bialack, which shows that despite their combined total of practicing for more than 70 years, neither of them have ever had any complaints filed against them with the State Bar, or any other disciplinary proceedings instituted against either of them. Both have a clean record, and the attacks against them on Ripoff Reports are false and posted with the sole intent of tarnishing their reputations. These reports are false and bear no resemblance to the Anthony Gordon and Ed Bialack that I have come to know and respect during the time that they have represented me.

LEON SNAID

  • I am an attorney duly qualified to practice before all the courts in the State of California. Before my admission to practice in California in 1982, I was a practicing attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • I have known Anthony Gordon since 1967 as we attended the Law School of the University of the Witwatersrand, where we both served on the Law Students Council. After graduating from law school, Tony joined the Department of Justice where he served as a state advocate on both the Transvaal Attorney-General’s and the Natal Attorney-General’s staff before being admitted to practice as a barrister at the Johannesburg Bar. As an attorney in South Africa, I regularly retained Tony to represent my clients in trial matters, both civil and criminal, and was always impressed by his diligence.
  • I do not believe that there is the slightest truth in any of the anonymous posts on Ripoff Reports about Mr. Gordon for the following reasons:
  1. If Mr./MS Anonymous was so poorly represented by Gordon why didn’t he /she sue Mr. Gordon for malpractice?
  2. If Gordon lied to the court and to Mr./ Ms. Anonymous why didn’t he/she report all these alleged lies to the Bar Association? They would have investigated the issue. The reason it was not reported to the Bar Association was that Mr/Ms Anonymous would have had to face Mr. Gordon and the Bar Association and provide real proof. I guess facing the victim (Gordon) of these attacks was not what Mr/Ms Anonymous could bear to do.
  3. If you check the California State Bar website for Anthony B. Gordon, you will note that he was admitted to the California State Bar in 1983, and for the past 35 years, there have never been any complaints filed against him or any disciplinary proceedings instituted against him.
  4. Yes, Anthony Gordon and I went to a foreign law school. The State Bar of California deemed our foreign education and experience sufficient to allow us to write the infamous California Bar Exam. We both passed the exam the same as other lawyers, who were trained in U.S. law schools. I knew people, who were trained in U.S. law schools who did not pass the California Bar exam.
  5. Mr./Ms. Anonymous presented as his/her first point of evidence to prove that Mr. Gordon was “wholly uneducated” was that he attended “very low ranked law school.” Mr. Gordon and I graduated from the University of Witwatersrand 40 years ago! It was one of two leading law schools in South Africa at that time and was regarded as an excellent law school in international circles. The law school has deteriorated as can be seen by its current ranking, which Mr./Ms. Anonymous presented as proof of Mr. Gordon’s poor education 40 years ago. It is pathetic that Mr./Ms. Anonymous claims that Mr. Gordon left South Africa, because he could not succeed in So. Africa. Many successful lawyers left So. Africa under Apartheid rule and many have been extremely successful in the USA. Mr./Ms. Anonymous is so angry and hateful in his/her report that I seriously wonder whether this person was on the opposing side of Mr. Gordon and lost his/her case? So he/she is now attempting to destroy Mr. Gordon’s good name and reputation by “claiming” to be a “client” of Mr. Gordon.

The Whole Story

In 2012 I was hired by Thomas Alexander to represent him in an action against a Mr. Kevin Wessell for alleged fraud, racketeering, and several violations of the law.

I filed an action against Kevin Wessell and numerous corporate entities with which he was associated and controlled. I filed the action in the United States Federal Court in Los Angeles, California.

[The action can be searched under the heading, “THOMAS ALEXANDER v. INCWAY CORPORATION, a Wyoming corporation, COMPANIES INCORPORATED, a Wyoming corporation, PRESIDENTIAL SERVICES INCORPORATED, a Nevada corporation, KEVIN W. WESSELL, an individual, [and two other individual defendants].  (Case No. CV11-08851)”]

Mr. Alexander's complaint was that he deposited more than $500,000 with a fake credit union, by deceiving Mr. Alexander into believing that the fake credit union was legitimate, regulated by the Swedish government, had offices in the World Trade Center in Stockholm. During Mr. Alexander's due diligence before making his deposit, he spoke to several people at Mr. Wessell's offices who assured him of the stability and liquidity of the fake credit union, which convinced Mr. Alexander that his money would be safe and available.

It turned out that the credit union, called “The Alps” was founded by Mr. Wessell for the express purpose of defrauding investors. To accomplish that, he fraudulently represented that it was a well-regulated financial institution in Sweden, that it was safer than banks in Switzerland and that it is financially very stable, while it was an LLC operated by Wessell out of small offices in Valencia California.

During deposition, Mr. Wessell's testimony and his demeanor compelled the court to put on record in the FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW AFTER COURT TRAIL against Mr. Wessell the following (Paragraph 126):

  1. Wessell's deposition testimony was the most evasive the Court has experienced in thirty-three years. Wessell's explanation for his admittedly poor performance at his deposition was that he had watched a videotape explaining how to be deposed. The Court finds his explanation to be absurd – and inconsistent with his actual deposition performance. Where Wessell refused to answer a direct question about which he obviously had knowledge, the Court concludes that he did so to avoid admitting the fact asserted. The Court concludes the fact was true. Wessell also consistently was evasive, or simply lied, at trial.

The Defendants in the action were collaborators with Mr. Wessell and entities that was created and controlled by Mr. Wessell are as follows:

  1. INCWAY CORPORATION, a Wyoming corporation, COMPANIES INCORPORATED, a Wyoming corporation, PRESIDENTIAL SERVICES INCORPORATED, a Nevada corporation, KEVIN W. WESSELL, an individual, CASEY LAWRENCE, an individual, MATT MITCHELL, an individual.

The action against Mr. Wessell gained notoriety and an article was published in Fortune Magazine on October 13, 2013 entitled, “Fake Swedish Bank On Trial After Elaborate Scheme Leaves Investors With Nothing

Read Forbes' Jay Adkisson report about the fraudulent behavior of Mr. Wessell and his companies

The court awarded Mr. Alexander $2,099,140 in restitution, damages, and costs. Mr. Wessell fled to Florida in the hope to discharge this judgement in bankruptcy but the State of Florida's Bankruptcy Court upheld the judgment against Wessell and ruled that the awards for fraud and RICO against Mr. Wessell cannot be discharged in bankruptcy.

On April 28, 2015, the Chapter 7 Trustee in Florida filed a complaint against Kevin Wessell arising out of his fraudulent transfer of assets. 

Despite all these successful legal actions to stop Mr. Wessell from defrauding people, he still maintains a LinkedIn profile in which he lists the very same activities against which the court issued a judgment.

Soon after the courts shut down the predatory business practices of Kevin Wessell and held him accountable, defamatory postings about me started to appear in RipoffReports.com, a website which calls itself Consumer Advocates.

The person who I believe is responsible for the defamatory and false postings is Kevin Wessell, who appears to have made several venomous posts about the people who managed to expose his criminal enterprises. Defamatory postings were also made about those clients of mine who came to my defense in RipoffReports.com about many decades of satisfactory legal advice and services that I have provided.