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Kendall Coffey's ties to Trump deeper than dispute with reporter

Donald Trump tees off at his Trump National Doral in January 2015

Carl Juste | Miami Herald

Donald Trump tees off at his Trump National Doral in January 2015



Miami defense attorney Kendall Coffey made national news this week for signing on to represent Donald Trump’s campaign manager in an altercation with a reporter, but the ties are deeper.

Trump hired Coffey in February to represent him in a fight with neighbors of Trump National Golf Club in Doral, which the presidential candidate bought in 2012. Trump’s organization has filed lawsuits against eight residents claiming they cut down trees that blocked views of the course.

The suits seek $15,000 in damages from each neighbor.

“It's very upsetting because we paid a premium price for the golf course view, and now it's being taken away from us,” Morgan Levy, 92, told the Miami Herald. He is not one of those being sued. “I think it was very inconsiderate and very bully-ish of Mr. Trump, and it follows his pattern of doing what he wants, regardless of how it affects neighbors and other people.”

Trump’s organization accuses neighbors of disturbing the tranquility with loud music, “wearing inappropriate, hanging underwear on clotheslines and drinking too much alcohol,” the Herald reported.

Lawsuits were a last resort, the “environmental expert” working for Trump said.

“If there was or is a better way to do this, we'd love to do it,” Ed Russo told reporters. “We're not the bully. We're not going on their property and doing anything. We’re not suing them for anything they didn't do. We don't want to sue them. We just want them to stop.”

Coffey has been involved in high-profile cases, including the Elian Gonzalez saga. He's also generated racy headlines of his own, with an alleged stripper biting incident in 1996.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:45am]


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