Introduction


Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Monday, November 19, 2007

A lawyer abandons ship (the Ark)

[ed. - This letter was originally posted on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog by "black marker," May 20, 2009, but WordPress was forced to remove it due to a challenge from Abraham Goldman, representing The Fellowship of Friends. It has subsequently appeared on many sites across the web. I am posting this in the Robert Earl Burton blog in two places: November 19, 2007, when the letter was dated, and May 20, 2009, when "black marker" posted the letter on the Fellowship blog, precipitating the Fellowship's complaint. As editor, to facilitate the ease of reading and searching these documents, I have elected, in the case of public figures and officers, to indicate full names of individuals previously only partially revealed, as these identities are well-noted in public records.

May 11, 2016 update: Former Fellowship of Friends attorney David Springfield was disbarred in January of this year after a number of complaints and charges (some arising from Fellowship-related cases) were filed against him. See the bottom of this blog post for further details. In his defense, Springfield describes a physical, mental, and emotional fatigue that many former-Fellowship members may recognize. His statement (truthful or not)"I am financially devastated and completely without means to pay the sanctions ordered" represents a common outcome from being run through a cult's mill. Sometime in the past few years, Mr. Springfield appears to have parted ways with The Fellowship of Friends.]

The following was re-posted by "X-ray" on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 7, 2011:
David Springfield (Lubbers)
A letter from D…d L.bb..s/Spr..gf..ld [David Lubbers/Springfield] to the Fellowship Board

1. black marker – May 20, 2009 [original post deleted]

Da..d Spring…ld [David Springfield], Attorney at Law
 November 19, 2007

To All Board Members
of the Fellowship of Friends, Inc.
and Giova.ni Bu.co [Giovanni Busco], CFO

Re: No Further Legal Representation

Dear Board Members and Giova.ni [Giovanni]

I am not sending this letter because I like writing of these matters or because I want to repeat what has already been stated repeatedly by both Abraham and me. This letter is written because of my professional obligations and my personal obligations to the School. My professional responsibilities require me to send this letter to confirm again that I will provide no further legal services to the Fellowship of Friends, and have stopped working on all ongoing legal matters that I was involved with. This letter also advises you to immediately work with Abraham Goldman and/or other legal counsel to handle the legal work I was involved in and to address other ongoing and/or upcoming legal matters that I will outline in this letter. The recent board activities have been covered in a number of letters and emails by Abraham and me. None of the communications were ever acknowledged or responded to by any board member. As you know, Abraham and I were instructed to stop all legal work.

First, a directive was issued on November 3, 2007, via email, on behalf of Et..n Har..s [Ethan Harris], Chairman of the Board, through R.se Ke.n.dy S.afer [Rose Kennedy Shafer] Vice Chairman of the Board, without explanation, question, or discussion. My emails and letter of November 6, 2007, about this heavy-handed and improper directive were ignored by all board members.

Next, I wrote to Li.da T.li.so [Linda Tulisso] who ignored my question about what to do about the ongoing legal work but was ignored. After learning about the secret board meeting and illegal vote that took place on or about November 10, 2007, I talked with Li.da T.li.so [Linda Tulisso] the President in person at her office on November 13, 2007. Linda confirmed the secret vote of the Board (although both W.yne Mo.t [Wayne Mott] and Al.n Sc.wa.tzbe.g [Alan Schwartzberg] lied that no other “crisis team” members voted at the secret Board meeting) and Linda instructed me to suspend all my legal work. I confirmed this in a letter dated November 13, 2007 that has also been copied to all of you. There was no response to this letter from anyone.

On November 18, 2007, I was voted off the Board of Directors. Now, no longer working as attorney, nor being able to act as a member of the Board, I will be unable to assist the Fellowship with any legal work or offer any oversight. All of this occurred after one week of false and contradictory statements by W.yne Mo.t [Wayne Mott], Al.n Sc.wa.tzbe.g [Alan Schwartzberg], Et.an Ha.ris [Ethan Harris] and others about the secret board meeting where this was already decided in advance. Only G.eg Hol.an [Greg Holman] acknowledged yesterday that the secret Board meeting was improper and that he wished that matters would have been done openly and correctly.
The failure by almost all of the Board members to even have the decency or honesty to acknowledge a secret Board meeting was held and a secret vote taken (to vote the lawyers off the Board), without any opportunity to address the issues by the persons involved is below the level of school work for any student, let alone a board member with responsibility for our church.

Al.n Sc.warzbe.g’s [Alan Schwartzberg's] refusal to show the minutes of the secret Board meeting, and subsequent refusal to return my many calls and emails, is conduct that is highly irregular for the Secretary of the Corporation and the Board of Directors. To date, I still have not obtained a copy of the “RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS” that I personally saw when both Alan and Wayne in heavy-handed fashion informed Abe and myself, on November 12, 2007, we were voted off the Board.

It is my feeling that what occurred over the last three weeks is a combination of crime, gross carelessness and ignorance of almost all Board members. In my opinion, serious crimes have likely been committed and are possibly continuing to be committed by current members on the Board. This should be addressed immediately. As I wrote about in my letter of November 6, 2007, the requirement of legal compliance and checks and balances within our organization needs urgent attention. The Board has been for some time but a passive “rubber-stamp” board without active or meaningful oversight. This almost complete inaction may create the impression of the Fellowship as a criminal organization that is functioning as the later ego of Robert Burton, involved in a conspiracy to engage in financial, tax and immigration fraud, and perhaps other illegal activities and/or tortuous conduct.
Responding to a call from Mr.Margalli? this morning, I gave him my impressions of yesterday’s Board meeting. Mr. Margalli? suggested I write a confirming letter and cover the ongoing legal work that you must all appreciate should be addressed immediately.

This list does not purport to cover all of the areas that need immediate and significant work, and you should immediately consult with Abraham and all other lawyers for the Fellowship.
The legal work I have been involved in covers the following areas:

1. Immigration. Ongoing assessment and evaluations of the needs and requirements of our religious programs/individual’s status and possible need to go back to their country of origin. I will notify Mr. Shusterman of the fact I will be no longer working with him on behalf of the Fellowship. I was also working with a number of individual students who would call with questions in the last months.

2. Financial Compliance. This is critical and should be a top priority. You have knowingly allowed having a system in place where the CFO is made responsible but essentially helpless and without authority. The CFO is not being consulted in important decisions. The Fellowship’s financial activities, in my opinion, could be seen as criminal conspiracy to commit tax fraud and private inurement benefiting Robert and a number of other individuals (including possibly some Board members) and could be considered a fraud on the government. The status as a non profit corporation could well be in serious danger.

3. Investigation/Monitoring of Blog?GF/PR [Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, Greater Fellowship  forum], etc. Several times this year I have written to Youtube or other websites to have offending material taken off line. This has been largely successful. I also have conducted an investigation into aspects of the Blog and some individuals with the aim to allow us to file suit for defamation and/or invasion of privacy if and when appropriate. I have worked on obtaining PR consultations for which then no funding was purportedly available. (Nic.ol.s Spa.ldi.g [Nicholas Spaulding] who was helping in this area, was threatened by Et.an Har.is [Ethan Harris] to stop working with Abraham and myself) This area should be a major concern for the Board which has been almost totally unresponsive.

4. It was our diligent monitoring of the blog that put us on notice that A.af Brave.man’s [Asaf Braverman's] arranged (by Fellowship officers and/or agents) fraudulent marriage to Elisa.et.a da Ros was being exposed to the world. This finally stimulated action in this area but more is needed. I will no longer monitor the Blogs or any other sites, in any language, and will no longer assist with analysis and efforts to bring these matters into compliance. A lot more needs to be done in this area for many involved.

5. Insurance. We were working on a review of all materials from the Internet and other sources that could constitute a claim (including foreign websites). I wrote about this before as well. Insurance could possibly pay for some of the costs incurred, including legal costs. I will stop all my work on this claim process, including any work on the research into the bad faith claim aspect of the insurance which I wrote about before. TIme may be of the utmost essence. See my letter of November 6, 2007.

6. Other matters: There are outstanding million dollar judgments from the Ming litigation era that will need to be renewed in the next years, if the Fellowship wants to collect on them. I had this calendared for a review in January 2008, 10 years after the first settlements and judgments were obtained. Given the success we have had collecting from various parties, I would consider this an important item to follow up on. I will no longer take any action in this area either.

In short, the overall picture is in my opinion that the Fellowship itself, Robert, and a number of our friends, including several board members and officers, continue to be in potential legal jeopardy and liability.

With the information, according to what I gathered from my investigation, shared by certain former members to various agencies, I cannot envision that there will not be a government investigation and/or lawsuit in the planning/preparation stages with possibly serious consequences for the Fellowship, the Board of Directors, Robert and possibly a number of individual students, including possibly individual Board members.

A fully professional and active compliance team to put matters straight must be created. This team would need to be working daily, hands on, with the supervision and input from professionals. The existing irregularities cannot be hidden from the people that need to help bring us into compliance.
Again, I am no longer acting as the Fellowship’s attorney. Immediate attention is required to the numerous outstanding legal issues facing the Fellowship. You are advised to consult with legal counsel immediately.

Thank you for your time and consideration to these important matters. Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.


Very truly yours,
Dav.d Spri.gfield [David Springfield]

cc. Robert E. Burton
???
Abraham Gold.an [Abraham Goldman], Esq.

[ed. - Below, Ames Gilbert responds to the forced take-down of the "David Springfield" letter, as he calls it, from the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog.]

"Ames Gilbert" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 3, 2009:
#74-4 (June 2, 2009) So, I am to understand that because some FoF lawyer made a complaint to WordPress, they pulled the first comment on the last page (#1-73) by Black Marker, “in response to a copyright infringement notice”? Did WordPress do this without contacting the moderator? Without verifying that this letter by “David Springfield”, that is, David Lubbers, was already widely circulated and therefore in the public domain? That the letter itself refers to events, such as the bigamous marriages of Asaf Braverman, the illegal inurement and misuse of members’ funds by Robert Burton, the illegal misuse of “religious visas” to procure fresh victims for Burton’s insatiable appetites and as cheap, malleable labor? That the letter itself refers to the activities of the ‘shadow’ Board of Directors, all of whom have been and are appointed by Burton specifically so they will rubberstamp every one of his decisions—the board that for its entire history has abrogated its legal oversight responsibilities to the members of the Fellowship of Friends, to the taxpaying public, and to the IRS? That the letter itself refers to the monitoring of this blog, to scheming and conspiring to attack the contributors to the blog? There is nothing copyrightable about material in the public domain. ‘Copyright’ and ‘public domain’ are mutually exclusive. Not only that, the law specifically refers to the principle of fair use. Quoting the letter, even in its entirety, is fair use in this context. And this is the context: the blog (when it not masquerading as the ‘Nigel Harris Price Show’) has several purposes, one of which is to expose to the general public, to prospective members of the Fellowship of Friends, and to present members of the Fellowship of Friends who have open minds, the moral and legal and spiritual frauds at the heart of the organization. The letter quoted by Black Marker shows as well as any of the testimony gathered so far the extent of the legal and moral fraud, so WordPress can hardly consider it not germane to the issue, purpose and context. Goodness me, is the information that Burton recently took a ‘pay cut’ of $15k (from the official $50k to $35k), and widely publicized amongst the laity to show he was also “making sacrifices”, copyrighted? Is the knowledge that most of his income is off the record and off the books, copyrighted? Is the knowledge that members in the past have received inflated paychecks, paid taxes at a low rate, then written checks to Burton—is knowledge of this tax avoidance scheme copyrighted? Is the knowledge that Burton is the king of inurement—that almost the whole purpose of the Fellowship of Friends and the majority of the income is to support him in the style he has become accustomed to, copyrighted? Is the knowledge that foreign centers pay directly for his expenses abroad so he can avoid reporting that income in the U.S.A., copyrighted? Is knowledge that certain bequests made in cash went unreported as income, copyrighted? I don’t think so, Fellowship lawyers! I could go on and on, and maybe I will… And hey, I invite anyone with expertise on copyright law to set me straight if I am mistaken.

"fofblogmoderator" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 3, 2009:
Hey Ames, I did receive notification from WordPress and they offered me the option of contesting the complaint. The complaint that was lodged was the following; “This is a complaint about copyright infringement and egregious invasion of privacy related to the following blog posting…….” The “plaintiff” went on to state that it was an infringement of attorney-client privacy rights, etc. I don’t know the law and maybe the attorney (plaintiff) doesn’t either. The link to the letter is still active on page 72 from a post by “What The,,,?” at #293. The link takes you to an internet archive website. Does this constitute public domain? Beats me, but I thought it was best to delete post #1 on page 73 (the pasted full text version) and get the blog up and running again. I think if people want to see how far “the letter” can be used as an official testimony to the level of corruption and abuse inside the FOF, then a collection should be taken to hire Mr Green (I believe that was the name of the cult-buster) or someone qualified in this area. I think the letter is extremely damaging and all efforts should be pursued to see if this could be used to finally shed some legal light on the questionable practices inside the FOF. At one point the Sheik set up a paypal account and I sent him money a number of times. I’ve never asked for any contributions to compensate for my time maintaining the blog- nor will I ever. This is the one time I will ask for money. It’s not for me. It’s to give to the lawyer and someone who will volunteer here to act as our liaison/representative between our evidence (the petition, more personal testimonies, records of money given to the FOF and the letter) and our hired attorney. It’s been a long day for me and maybe I’m way off base here. I’d like to hear feedback. It seems that if any truth is going to be discovered about the true nature of the business practices of the FOF, now is the time to try to shed some light. How interesting to know that FOF agents are reading this and pondering how to defend their den of deceit.

"Associated Press" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 5, 2009:
The D@v!d Spr!ugf!eld [David Springfield], mentioned in the offending document, was, prior to studying for and becoming a lawyer (passing the California Bar Exam), the Maître d’ of the Academy (now Galleria Apollo?, or, whatever) for a few years. [maître d': (short for maître d'hôtel, in the original French, literally 'master of the hotel')] That meant that he was the octave leader or manager of the staff that ran Robert’s public and private affairs in his residence and elsewhere. He was also responsible for managing the security (included firearm permits and training) and the motor pool in this scope. At the time he may have been known by a different last name. (Mentioned elsewhere on this blog.) (It was changed legally.) He was the predecessor to Epw@rp S¢hnlten, as Maître d’. This took place in the pre-1998 era – late 1980′s? to early/mid 1990′s – roughly through the time of the Troy/Richard fiasco, the Olivehurst Gospel Assembly, and the Ming furniture collection/museum. (There was also a period of time, during this time, that Robert could not reside in the Academy because a property tax exemption was being claimed for it being a museum. There was the separate residence, called the Ming House, or something like that, owned by Et.n H.rr.s [Ethan Harris], member of the FoF board, and leased to FoF for this purpose. D@v!d’s [David's] scope possibly extended to that property and staff, too.) Therefore, he was intimately familiar with almost everything that would go on behind the scenes in the life of Robert Earl Burton and the Fellowship of Friends – not quite the same relationship as the private secretaries or the legal counsel. It was understandable that he eventually resigned from that position and went to work for Abr.h.m G.ldm.n [Abraham Goldman], Associates; the then legal counsel. His exalted position of confidence dictated that he not be cast about in an adverse fashion, as so many burned-out people from the Fellowship land up. So, the content of that letter is, likewise, understandable and an aspect of the experiences he had had, the oath he had taken (as lawyer), the responsibilities as he saw them, and the conscience that may have arose in the circumstances. (Either that or a queeny flare up.)

D@v!d [David] was a great person to work with, as long as you were on his good side. The Dutch are very diplomatic people and have a keen sense of justice and fairness. (It’s no coincidence that the World Court is in Holland located in the Hague.) But, also, certain circumstances can lead to passive-aggressive behaviours. You would not want to get on the wrong side of certain type persons. Relationship examples have been cited on this blog by the near and dear. And, abuse is a way of life in the Fellowship. People who live in glass houses should not throw stones.

To be a lawyer, often it requires having a thick skin and often certain strong arm tactics in rather measured implementations. This can be very frustrating.

Now, has this letter surfaced before? The author of this post has checked and double checked and found that it may have been alluded to in the past as in: Abr.h.m G.ldm.n [Abraham Goldman], Associates, was removed as counsel for FoF; but this letter in complete detail is new. Could D@v!d [David] have posted it? That’s possible, but unlikely. He has close family members in FoF and is unlikely to leave FoF. So, you go figure. More likely it might be the work of some disenfranchised current or former FoF board member or other staff that had access to the document. But one never knows. What goes around, comes around. Could have been Robert Earl Burton himself, using it to get rid of more disloyal marginal hangers-on.

Hey, everyone should know that lawyers are well aware of the idea, and use of, ‘you can not unring a bell.’ That’s where a lawyer damn well knows that they can not ask certain questions (in court for instance), that the opposition will object, that the judge will sustain the objection; but meanwhile the question gets put out there and even the witness may give an answer before the objection, sustainment, and the strike from the record, and the jury instruction from the judge to disregard the disallowed sequence of events (read: testimony), but the bell has been rung, which can lead to the ever so small amount of doubt with just one juror. Well D@v!d [David], the bell has been rung.

"Ames Gilbert" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, June 30, 2009:

[ed. - In an effort to determine if David Springfield's letter was in the public record, he looked at a related legal case and found the letter posted to the record in that case.]
Well, I never knew until today how much fun one can have for three bucks and change!

If you go to the link provided by Just the Facts Ma’am (#75-14 or thereabouts), you’ll see two case numbers for Minne et al v. Stroomberg et al, 2: 2209at00345 and 2:2009cv00625. I clicked on the latter, which took me to a new page devoted to that case. When I scrolled down the page, I found a heading, “Access Additional Case Information on PACER”. PACER is a public records access system. I clicked on ‘History/Documents’. The next page invited me to login to the records, or to subscribe to PACER. I subscribed, and after giving my credit card information and such, was able to access the system after about ten minutes. Back to the ‘History/Documents’, and for 16 cents I got a summary. I’m no lawyer, so I chose the documents closest to the twenty day window after the initial filing. There were three available, all called Reply to Response to Motion. All interesting, but to save you guys some time, the pertinent one is #26. 82 pages, but the government only asks you to pay for the first 30 pages of any document.

Lots of interesting stuff here, folks, and some revealing relationships. The way I see it, the gist of the claim is: David Springfield was the lawyer for the defendants until fairly recently; he was hired and was paid for legal work he did for them; and, he and Abraham Goldman are inextricably intertwined professionally; David Springfield knew a great deal about the defendants financially and personally, knowledge gained over many years of working for their interests. Hence the claim of conflict of interest and the request to have Goldman and Goldman Associates removed from the case.

Lots of supporting exhibits. Here’s the best, from my point of view, Exhibit G. It is, wait for drum roll, David Springfield’s Letter to the Board of Directors (November 19, 2007). Of course we, and all sentient beings with operating consciences, are interested mostly in the stern and truthful finger pointing to various criminal activities within the Fellowship of Friends, but the defendants entered the letter into the record as one of the proofs that Springfield and Goldman were indeed intimately associated in their legal practice.

So, any member of the public has access to these records. I, a interested member of the public at large, have just accessed them. The letter is therefore indubitably and incontrovertibly (I love those big words!) in the public domain, and Abraham Goldman has been ‘actively misdirecting’ (use your own synonym here) us, WordPress, Archive.org, Godlike Productions, and no doubt others by claiming privilege when he knew and knows full well there is no privilege.

So, for just $2.56, you too can verify for yourself that the signed letter exists. David Springfield’s signature has quite the flourish, and is unmistakable. The letter is true, has been entered into a federal court record, and contains important truths. Names have been blacked out (now I understand the name, Black Marker), but are not hard to guess; the usual suspects.

Black Marker, whoever you are, and for whatever reasons you posted the letter originally, I thank you again. You have done a great service. And if you have more documents, I strongly encourage you to first post them on Wikileaks, then tell us how to find them (don’t post a direct link, just tell us the search terms). That will surely save the blog moderator some grief!

[ed. - Due to the extremely sloppy grammar, it is difficult to believe this was actually written by Abraham Goldman, the Fellowship's lawyer. The blog moderator believes it is from Goldman, likely because he saw the originating e-mail address. The post's avatar corresponds to the e-mail address, "agoldman@sxxxxxd.net" however that does not prove Goldman's authorship.]

"Abraham Goldman" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 2, 2009: 
Abraham Goldman
Some contributors to this blog have mention [sic] the DS resignation letter is still available for viewing at the Court’s wedebsite [sic]. That is not correct. The Court enterred [sic] an order striking the letter and ordering it removed. As a result of the Order, it is as though it was never filed, or was part of the public record. Check with you [sic] own lawyer on what this means.

The lawsuit mentioned is being amicably resolved. Mentioning names, cases numbers & etc.and reliving the 18 month old DS letter as part of that resolving controversy is counterproductive to a harmonious resolution for all involved, both current and former members.

The DS letter was never voluntarily disclosed: only the client, the Fellowship, had that right: no other person. Every person who has published it, copied it, or otherwise described it should seek independant [sic] legal counsel.

Many participants on this Blog, and other forums, have defamed DS and me. Very few, if any, knew us well, or at all, or any solid facts connected to us. Many, including former friends, took direct or implied “cheap shots” at us. W [sic] did not respond.

In contrast, what little I have contributed is for one and all to “Be Careful” [A.G.'s blog pseudonym], which, indeed, all should be, both current and past members, Many former students were the leaders or participants in the alleged wrongful deeds discussed, even the ones the DS letter was directed to, past and present. The discussion on this blog and other web sies potentilly jeapordize [sic] these former members as much or more than current members.

The heart of the DS letter, now stricken by the Court, are: 1) it was a confidential communication by a concerned professional to his client: a religious corporation, and 2) it was the professional’s candid statement required by duty with the mutual expectation and legal right of privacy; and, 3) it was illegally disclosed without the authorization of the one and only client: the Fellowship. Every word of the letter counselled [sic] positive response.

Those who attack DS do him, themselves and their belief in good, a great disservice. No one, especially DS;s [sic] former “friends”, have had the integrity to stand up and speak of the real DS. In like kind, those who attack me either never knew me, or were grateful for my defending you, and your loved ones and what you held dear in the past. You were all invited to talk with me face to face long ago: no one did so, except Ames, only recently, who said his name was wrongfully used in connection with the illegally published DS letter, and also wanted his name removed as a referenc [sic]

Ames had the integrity to call me, I answered, and said I would help any effort to remove his wrongfully used name. He then went “public” with our personal dialogue. He chose to end the personal dialogue, without sharing with me that he intended to go “public”. Does something like this matter to anyone out there?

Most people reading this, and other blogs, have found the need to privately talk to a lawyer: matrimonial; custody; business; traffic; wills and estates; litigation, taxes, bankruptcy, what can and cannot be published, etc. Would you allow your attorney-client privileged documents to be published? Stolen and published?

Would those on the Blog publish all corrspondence [sic] with Mr. Ford Greene? If someone stole those communications and published them, or sent them to any anonymous web site, how would you or your lawyers (equally defamed) respond?

Disclose who stole and illegally published the private, privileged DS letter. People reading this Blog know. Disclose all former students and Blog participants you accuse of being involved in what DS ethically disclosed to his client. Cowards use DS and his letter as a “whipping boy”. Take his name off the Internet any of you who actually know him know this is right

Abraham Goldman


[ed. - In the following, Associated Press exercised an abundance of caution at the time, protecting their subjects' anonymity. As the persons involved are now well-known, I will point out the obvious: the subjects are David Springfield and Abraham Goldman. At the time this was written, we can assume virtually all of Springfield's work was with The Fellowship and its membership. The array of cases he worked with hints at the bizarre and dysfunctional world that exists within the Fellowship community.]
 
"Associated Press" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, December 2, 2007:
This info found on the internet:

D_v_d Spr_ngf__ld, Esq., is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of California. He has experience in the field of … art fraud litigation, including trials, bench trials, arbitrations, summary judgment motions, discovery, mediations, and appeals in both federal and state courts.

D_v_d Spr_ngf__ld’s practice areas include general business disputes; unfair competition and unfair business practices; Section 17200 claims; art fraud litigation; medical malpractice; elder abuse; wrongful death and survivor actions; fraud and misrepresentation; sexual harassment; defamation law; malicious prosecution and abuse of process; anti-SLAPP motions; and intellectual property law.

D_v_d Spr_ngf__ld has worked for the law firm of A_r_h_m N. G_ldm_n & Associates for more than 10 years, first as an investigator and paralegal before joining the firm as an associate attorney in 2003. As an investigator and lead paralegal, he made a major contribution in obtaining more than $35 million in judgments against various co-conspirators in a major art fraud case

[ed. - Further documents and details regarding Mr. Springfield's disbarment:]
From Thomas v. Home Depot:
"In his response, Springfield represents under penalty of perjury that since last year he has been seriously ill with a devastating case of some virus or chronic fatigue and as a result have gone and am going through a horrificly [sic] intense difficult time, physically, mentally and emotionally, and have been nearly completely burned out, and incapacitated and unable to get any legal work done...
"Springfield has paid none of the monetary sanctions ordered by the court. He represents under penalty of perjury that he lacks the financial means to do so. (At this time I regret but have to inform the Court that I am financially devastated and completely without means to pay the sanctions ordered.) Mr. Springfield expresses his deep regret for causing this serious issue."
State Bar of California Attorney Search

State Bar of California Disciplinary Hearing, Page 1

State Bar of California Disciplinary Hearing, Page 2

State Bar of California Disciplinary Hearing, Page 3
Order to Show Cause RE Contempt
Here, Fellowship member Uri Harash positively reviews Springfield's book (co-authored by another Fellowship member). Harash's (civil rights?) case (above) would be the focus of court complaints against Springfield.
(Harash, in partnership with other Fellowship members, operated Holy Land Presentations, and he may also be the author of this scathing review.)

[ed. - The following "reviews" were gathered from BirdEye. Anjela Kasper-Nova, mentioned below as David Springfield's wife, may be a fabrication. "Her" name does not appear on Fellowship rosters in my possession, and this Facebook comment by Jan Jarvis suggests as much: "Just so you all (know) Anjela Kasper-Nova -- basically is a phony name that means 'angel of the new treasure' and has a front FB page - lots of this stuff is from the Fellowship of Friends run by a hasnumuss named Robert Burton whose sexual peccadilloes have been well-known for years as well as his expertise separating people from their money - and the rest is rebranded Rajneesh - (oho) dead but kept alive by a world-wide network of exploiters - check out who you are talking to and 'liking' - be careful out there even in a so-called Gurdjieff group." Here, and elsewhere, Jarvis incorrectly states Burton is dead.]

"B.P." wrote on BirdEye, February 5, 2016:
Stole my Dads and family money.

Disappeared.

*CURRENTLY DISBARRED FROM LAW PRACTICE AND HANDLING OF MONEY*

Currently wanted by numerous law enforcement agencies. California State Bar asked our family to save the records as David Springfield also known as Jurrie Lubbers said he would try to reapply in 2021 for his law license back.

Its a very bad spiral . Its a very horrible place for our family as we have lost any hope of legal justice now.
My Dad was very upset as he was conned from day one by a high retainer and even that David spoke his native language. ALL A CON.

There has been meetings for the large group of ripped off clients to group together to try find him or his assets and civil suit against David and his wife Anjela Kasper Nova.

So far no one can locate the Attorney only his wife. She is all over the internet and facebook she left the United States for Canada. The Attorney Generals office will no doubt catch both of them. Just watched the Bernie Madoff biopic and AG and Feds went after Madoffs wife Ruth by simply being married and sharing the stolen wealth. The same should happen here. Its a tragedy for our family and especially my Dad . There is no reason to feel lucky here our family was somewhat lucky as some of his other clients were wronged worse than my Dad and our family. Reach out to Prosecutor Greenburg or S. Chan at the State Bar or The Riverside Sheriff Department (951)955-2600 if you have evidence or no how to locate David Springfield or his wife.

"Va V." wrote on BirdEye, January 30, 2016:
Very Bad.

Horrible.

CRIMINAL.

Slipped away quietly with both the client trust fund and all the needed documents needed to continue case that he had already paid himself to do. Remains missing. Remains hiding is the better description.Officially DISBARRED on Jan 7 2016. Investigators from State Bar of California looking for him specifically Susan Chan at the San Francisco division of the California State Bar. Also wanted by the Sheriff Departments of Yuba, Sutter and Los Angeles County. His wife Angela Kasper-Nova can be found on the the internet working and living in Canada in Vancouver working at someplace called Sukis. Too bad she is not in California she can be held accountable on the civil suit against him as California is 50 50 state by marriage on shared bank accounts and shared residences. They both belong to a strange church i.e. cult called Apollo which has compounds around the world with locked gates. There was recent meeting for a group of clients deceived and thieved by David Springfield you can Google this information of call the State Bar of California . Have to leave one star yet one star isn't even deserved a better icon would be handcuffs or devil horns.

"E.W." wrote on BirdEye, November 24, 2015:
BEWARE !!! Wanted person of interest. Worst Fraud of All time.

4 of his clients have committed Suicide due to David Springfield's also known as Jurrie Bouwie Lubbers disappearance with their records, evidences and most importantly client funds.* His wife Anjela Kasper Nova (easily found on Facebook ) has slipped out of the country to British Vancouver clearly his wife benefited from the stolen funds of her husband the former Attorney David Springfield.

On recent hearing the State Bar has disbarred him and put an alert on State Bar file to warn of his thefts. Yuba County has active warrant for his arrest. If you have information you should contact both the State Bar of California and ICE through the FBI. The depravity to leave so many cases and clients hanging ( no pun intended ) Stealing hope is just as bad as stealing the client trust. One star isn't even warranted but needed to leave review. BEWARE RUN FAST NO LICENSE TO PRACTICE; NUMEROUS COUNTIES AND AGENCIES SEEKING THIS FORMER ATTORNEY FORMER CLIENT HAS A REWARD FOR HIS ARREST. Beware People with nothing to hide, hide nothing !!!!!

"Bonnie F." wrote on BirdEye, November 19, 2015:
I first came to know of David Springfield, Esq. as a professor at the college I attend, NWCU. He was an exceptional teacher and I really enjoy the work he's left behind for us to view. I worked with him a couple times on a trademark case. I thought he was exceptional. But then, he stopped returning calls and messages. For a while, I thought he might have met his demise and was very worried for him. He's very bright and very talented. I hope he resurfaces and clears his name. He has so much to offer.

"Priya Patel" wrote on BirdEye, June 29, 2015:
HE IS A FRAUD AND THIEF! MY DAD HAS HAD PERSONAL EXPERIENCE WITH HIM AND WE WOULD NOT RECOMMEND HIM!!

This is the statement from the California State Bar Association:

CONSUMER ALERT

The State Bar of California has filed disciplinary charges against this attorney alleging that the attorney engaged in a major misappropriation of client funds. You may read the Notice of Disciplinary Charges filed by the State Bar against the attorney, and any reply filed by the attorney. You may also learn more about the general nature of misappropriation of client funds.

"Abby S." wrote on BirdEye, April 10, 2015:
David Springfield is disbarred.

Cleaned out all his client trust accounts and split or is hiding in his cult at Apollo.

He is the old epitome of a snake charmer. Everyone ruined or thieved or valid cases destroyed by him is now in full knowledge why he wore his pitiful white suit repeat days to court.

Just because an attorney says the right things and works overtime to be charming and re wears the white suit {THE WHITE SUIT DOESN'T MEAN HE IS GOOD GUY}

As it turns out there are about 35 of us his clients that were completely conned.

Can't leave a review without leaving 1 star and that's for great acting.

[ed. - And finally, after Fellowship member John Esam passed away, the following statements about corruption in the Fellowship were included on The Fellowship Investigation Petition.]

"John Esam" [presumably, a pseudonym] wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Investigation Petition (signature #205):
Missing US$40,000 possibly more out of John’s estate. He died ill and destitute on 24th June 2011. The Fellowship took control of his savings and his pension money and gifted it back to themselves. Theft/fraud/deceit/coercion/duress etc. When will law authorities enforce criminal charges against this cult? How many more people must be robbed and coerced by this cult? Also they write fraudulent Wills and Power of Attorney documents. The Fellowship attorney – David Springfield is definitely dodgy.

The next signature is that of Larissa Esam, who commented:
I and my extended family had lost my father, John, to this cult for over 16 years. He was sick and financially destitute when he died. The Fellowship possibly still have some of his possessions and its possible they took his money from him as well for over 16 years. They are evil, corrupt and ruthless. People's lives are being controlled and wasted as we sit here and read these signatures. Please sign if your loved ones have been caught up in this - the more signatures put on here then the louder our voices become to the world media who need to be able to verify through the suffering of ex members and their families the sorts of abuses which have gone on for years and years.

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  1. I'm NOT a member of this Bizzare religion but I feel to limit what David Springfield a.k.a. Jurrue Bouwie Lubbers limited to the cult is unfair. In David a.k.a. Jurrie's cavalier disregard for the law making it about himself and his equally Sociopathic wife Anjela Kasper- Nova what's clear their selifishness ruined entire families and businesses. What he and his wife did was leave with entire court case files, evidences and entire families monies , business proceeds, settlement proceeds, etc. Etc
    STEALING ENTIRE HOPE AND THE CLIENT TRUST. David Springfield aka Jurrie Lubbers and Angela Kasper-Nova
    Now have happily disappeared together in the name ill health.
    The ill health of David aka Jurrie and his wife Anjela isn't a sickness or illness other than brazen sociopathic greed and vanity.
    It's chilling to think they both were always espousing Enlightment .
    Enlightened people don't ruin so many good humans.
    Truly enlightened humans have humanity.
    David Springfield aka Jurrie Lubbers and his wife Anjela Kasper- Nova were their own Cult where they paid themselves first and foremost and stole money and all hope from good humans. They lack any humanity .
    They are beyond greedy vain sociopaths living on beach somewhere in this world whilst they have cut a clear path of hate and greed and ruined entire families and businesses in their overt ugly greed. That's a horrible virtue for any 2 people who were conning everyone as they simultaneous preached enlightenment. Truly enlightened people don't ruin entire families and businesses and leave a trail of sad sad destruction where as several of David's formers clients and his own former partner ALL VERY SADLY LOST HOPE FROM DAVID AND ANGELA's DEEDS all committed suicide. It's very sad to steal hope and funds forcing any human to feel so hopelessly ruined that they commited suicide. There is no virtue for stealing all hope from good humans pushing them into hopelessness from David and Anjela's misdeeds so much so that their victims were pushed over the edge by the theft of all hope or any justice and all funds in legal proceeds by David and Anjela. They both need to share a prison cell. The inhumanity of their overt deeds have changed many lives for the very worst. It's not just a Cult thing or Cult people they mowed down they conned outside the gates of Appollo in sheer greed.

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  2. My sons case was dismissed with prejudice cause he failed to file an address change that he was supposed to file as his attorney. Now we are struggling trying to figure out what to do. He ruined my sons life.

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    1. Dear Anonymous,
      Our condolences for you and your sons suffering.
      These two David aka Jurrie and his mysteriously named wife have ruined a lot good people's hope and justice.
      I'm sorry to know you and yours have suffered the same abuse by these two. Stay strong both you and your son.
      It's madness and cruelty by 2 people who espoused enlightenment, veganism and supposed compassions.
      It's a sad cruel thing they did to many many people.
      Stealing hope is beneath contempt and evil.
      Hopeful that Karma exists.

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  3. Additional business reviews have been added, condemning Springfield's ethics. Comments also question whether "Anjela Kasper-Nova" even exists. Perhaps it's a pseudonym. Others question whether the person is male or female. "Anjela" may even be some fictional character that Fellowship members used as a recruiting device. "Her" Facebook page is little more than quotations from the Fellowship's endless archive of "inspiring" aphorisms. (As if borrowed words could replace the absence of conscience.)- ed.

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    1. I guess the Polite thing to do if we David Springfield aka Jurrie Lubbers ruined clients are part of some kind of joke..related...to the Robert Earl Burton insider knowledge of weirdness...
      Then someone Please step outside the joke against us and post David or aka Jurrie's wife's real name...
      As upon meeting some FOF way people specifically about David running with the client trust $ and files and evidence there is some smug insider joke going on where Anjela Kasper- Nova is fake...fraudulent name related to the Cults insiders and to recruiting for FOF.
      I mean help out the Mom above whose son has lost out and lost everything or my family who has been completely screwed over by David Springfield and his wife with the fake name !
      Offer up her True name in the virtue of Hope for those who have been rolled by these 2 frauds.
      I mean that's the compassionate thing to do for aware people is tell the true names of people like David aka Jurrie and his wife with the fake name Anjela.
      If you know.... exercise compassion and post the real names known for these two frauds.
      So if Anjela Kasper-Nova is ruse name associated to recruitment and is not the supposed church rolls...
      She exists then post in compassion the true name of David Springfields wife and :-conspirator.
      Considering the path of descrution these 2 frauds cut that would be the kind thing to do .Post the name or names of the fraud or frauds.

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