Sanctioned Lawyer Throws Himself on the Mercy of the Court

Dave Hoffman

Dave Hoffman is the Murray Shusterman Professor of Transactional and Business Law at Temple Law School. He specializes in law and psychology, contracts, and quantitative analysis of civil procedure. He currently teaches contracts, civil procedure, corporations, and law and economics.

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5 Responses

  1. Samir Chopra says:

    Given Mr. Wider’s behavior in this excerpt, I find it hard to believe that Mr. Ziccardi would have had much luck in restraining him. By the way, something seems messed up in your quote above. Its not from the article you link to?

  2. J says:

    Having only skimmed the Response and Reply, I agree that it seems excessively harsh to hold Mr. Ziccardi equally culpable with Mr. Wider. Nevertheless, I think his conduct (or lack of conduct) is clearly sanctionable, and I predict that the sanctions will be substantially upheld. I also don’t see the Reply as throwing himself on the Court’s mercy. Aside from the “purple prose,” the tone of the Reply seems inappropriately aggressive for someone in his position, as does his legal argument.

    Although the Court advised him that he might face financial and other sanctions, ordered him to show cause why he should not be sanctioned, and suggested that he obtain representation, Mr. Ziccardi claims that he didn’t have notice that he might be sanctioned under the Fed. Rules of Civil Procedure. I think the Judge made himself clear enough, and I imagine the Judge thinks so too.

    Finally, does anyone know whether Mr. Wider is the sole owner of HTFC? If not, I think his conduct at the deposition created a clear conflict of interest between himself and the corporation, making it unethical for Mr. Ziccardi to continue representing Mr. Wider.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I’ve actually met Aaron Wider and he is a 100% charachter. I do believe he takes medications for mental issues.

    He is one of those very bright people, but you don’t know where reality and their imagination starts and ends.

    I don’t know if Mr Ziccardi can be held in contempt or not – Aaron is not the kind of person to be held back by typical social ‘norms’.

    I always wondered what HTFC stood for – he replied in the deposition he stood for ‘Hit The Fucking Clown’. Knowing him, I believe that is probably what it means.

    I’ve read some coverage of the legal issues he faces on LI – I believe he was flipping property and using a trust to hide- you can read more here:,0,1279712,full.story

    I look forward to further coverage.

  4. Aaron Wider says:

    To all you knuckle heads that have bashed Aaron Wider in favor of Robert Bodzin. This story depicts he is a great statagist. This is false. Wider beat Bozdin that represented GMAC and the case was dismissed by the same Judge Roberno that fined Wider & Ziccardi. In fact Wider was Pro-Se. A legal pro hired by a Giant that that is beat by any Pro-se is profound. Wider has demonstarted his genious over and over again and subsequently took over GMAC now Allay bank, So the idiot that wrote this story is less than competent, inaccurate and subsequently inferior in all aspects in dipicting fact from fiction. Bozdin then sued Wider again and used a corporate & residential address that is non existent because there is no legal merit to their claim. This case is also pending dismissal for improper service. The writers and Bloggers on the site are stupid, uneducated and simply all wrong. Now how stupid do you all feel.

    Guess who!

  5. Allegra H. Millman says:

    I have known Mr. Wider for several years, not just “met” him, and I know him professionally. I am also educated very well legally and have worked in the field of law for 10 years. When I read these blogs and this news story, I ask myself how anyone can make such wrongful opinions. My peers and I who have watched the videos, read and studied in detail the case, all of us, ask the same question, how could an attorney like Bozdin conduct a deposition so unprofesionally? Look at the video through the eyes of an objective attorney, attorneys are not suppossed to make allegations, not suppossed to promote their clients interests, or declare their innocence or justify their client’s reason for suing.

    That video depicts an attorney, Bozdin, who is very unprofessionalyy and unsuccessfully conducting a witch hunt, not a legal deposition. My collegaues (civil litigators)and I agree that you have to look past the “noise” and look and understand what is really going on here; a very poor attempt by an attorney to correctly depose Mr. Wider.

    As for Mr. Wider, he and some of his business collegaues support non for profit organizations and charities for the disabled and his business transactions are all conducted ethically and legally. Yes, Mr. Wider did not address Bozdin quietly, and respond to Bozdin’s direct and unprofessional allegations with a civil, and polite tongue. If Mr. Bozdin had deposed me and I was the defendant in this case, I would have silenced the bully, with both some intersting and colorful explicitives and some clear direction as to how to properly conduct his deposition.

    Before you base the merits of this case on Wider’s use of foul language, I suggest that you review the merits of the case, and you’ll find out that Bozdin is actually the Wolf in Sheeps clothing…Bozdin is not making the “noise” in this video, but he’s the one pulling the “wool over your eyes”.