During a checkered career as a stockbroker, limited partnership peddlerand law firm rainmaker, Brian Dominick Paonessa got spanked by thefederal regulators for pocketing investor money. And when a lawyerbalked at signing a deal for him to round up clients in an arbitrationcase, Paonessa allegedly threatened to kill the man’s wife.

Now, in a suit filed recently, Paonessa claims that two Palm BeachCounty attorneys reneged on promises to split legal fees they earnedafter he brought them clients with securities arbitration claims. Ifthe allegations are proven, the lawyers could be in trouble with theFlorida Bar.

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