The Smart Lawyer – Amazing Story

This took place in Charlotte, North Carolina. A lawyer purchased a box of very rare and expensive cigars, then insured them against, among other things, fire. Within a month, having smoked his entire stockpile of these great cigars, the lawyer filed a claim against the insurance company. In his claim, the lawyer stated the cigars were lost ‘in a series of small fires.’

The insurance company refused to pay, citing the obvious reason, that the man had consumed the cigars in the normal fashion. The lawyer sued – and WON!.

Delivering the ruling, the judge agreed with the insurance company that the claim was frivolous. The judge stated nevertheless, that the  lawyer held a policy from the company, in which it had warranted that the cigars were insurable and also guaranteed that it would insure them against fire, without defining what is considered to be unacceptable ‘fire’ and was obligated to pay the claim.

Rather than endure lengthy and costly appeal process, the insurance company accepted the ruling and paid $15,000 to the lawyer for his loss of the cigars that perished in the ‘fires’.

After the lawyer cashed the check, the insurance company had him arrested on 24 counts of ARSON!!! With his own insurance claim and testimony from the previous case being used against him, the lawyer was convicted of intentionally burning his insured property and was sentenced to 24 months in jail and a $24,000 fine.

This true story won First Place in last year’s Criminal Lawyers Award contest.



21 Responses to The Smart Lawyer – Amazing Story

  1. Jola Animashaun June 4, 2014 at 11:24 AM #


  2. Sir J December 28, 2013 at 7:40 PM #

    this story is wonderful. like it

  3. Abba October 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM #

    The lawyer was penny wise, pound foolish. While the insurance coy laughed last and of course, laughed better.

  4. Abba October 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM #

    The lawyer was penny wise, pound foolish. While the insurance coy laughed last and of course laughed better.

  5. Yousif Salih August 26, 2013 at 4:13 PM #

    Some times in pursuing a matter you concentrate on one side of the coin and forget the other side. Being a lawyer he should have known the other side of the story but his greediness made him blind. So we have to look to things from different angles.

  6. abdurrazaq March 11, 2013 at 3:07 PM #

    Sometimes smartness can be a double-edged sword. Look before you leap.

    • Ali - Admin March 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM #

      Rightly said Abdul Razaq.

  7. Sonah February 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM #

    It is an art and lawyers in particular always find a way to convert the baad and illegal to their advantage. Some call it loopholes in the system.

  8. sharif123 October 22, 2012 at 3:42 PM #

    Sara, can you add a moral on this interesting fact please?

  9. Alhaji Mohammed maina Ibrahim July 24, 2011 at 10:55 AM #

    America is great.

  10. rakesh July 19, 2011 at 11:16 AM #

    This is called American mentality>>>>

  11. YusefQasemQufaanAl-Yemeni July 13, 2011 at 7:38 PM #

    lmaoo yeah try coming over to Detroit jkjk 🙂

  12. Shakabansh5 July 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM #

    This is play arround game looks like

  13. Goldypearl July 13, 2011 at 5:40 AM #

    very smart !!!!!!!!!!

  14. Rifky_bouzierd July 13, 2011 at 3:11 AM #

    he think he is the only smart one… eat that moron…

  15. Nadia July 13, 2011 at 1:06 AM #

    the problem with America…too much lawyers

  16. Mohamoud July 12, 2011 at 6:18 PM #


  17. Mumtaz Talukdar July 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM #

    Tit for tat!

  18. Abier July 12, 2011 at 10:42 AM #

    hahahaha that’s a smart lawyer!!

  19. Haytham July 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM #

    Nice one, but definitely a hoax…

    see this link:

  20. Haider Ali786 July 12, 2011 at 7:59 AM #

    nice story but little bit diffrent