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On The Table Read, “The Best Book Reader Magazine in the UK“, Filthy Rich Lawyers, Book One: The Education of Ryan Coleman, is the new legal thriller from Brian Felgoise and David Tabatsky.

Filthy Rich Lawyers

Inside a Texas courtroom, Ryan Coleman, a young, ambitious lawyer from Philadelphia, is chasing his share of a class-action lawsuit involving a multi-national defense contractor. After getting reprimanded by the judge for speaking out of turn, Coleman meets Robert Smalley, a brilliant attorney and borderline criminal who boasts that, “I have the greatest practice of law in the world because I have no clients.”

Brian Felgoise, Filthy Rich Lawyers, on The Table Read
Brian Felgoise

And with that, Coleman is drawn into a hedonistic world of wealth and power at the core of Filthy Rich Lawyers, Book One: The Education of Ryan Coleman, the new legal thriller from Brian Felgoise and David Tabatsky.

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The Characters

Included in the cast of colorful characters is Eugenia “Gene” Cauley, a female shark in the male-dominated legal world whose life spirals tragically out of control, and Randall Hollis, an insanely successful lawyer turned multi-billionaire, who is pursuing his ultimate American dream: buying a professional football team. Coleman becomes Hollis’ “errand boy,” but as Hollis is investigated by journalists, law associations and government agents, Coleman must decide if he wants to remain in this sordid circle.

Federal prosecutor Patrick Coyle wants to take Hollis down because of an old grudge. He aligns with Dick Dickey, former Secretary of Defense and CEO of a military contractor, to ruin Hollis and Coleman. When an escort mysteriously dies in Hollis’ penthouse, Coleman becomes an unwitting accomplice and must choose between protecting his boss and saving his marriage, or telling the truth and risk going to prison.

Inspired By The Career Of Brian Felgoise

Filthy Rich Lawyers is loosely based on interactions that co-author Felgoise has had in his legal career with lawyers, judges and plaintiffs. It reveals how our system of class-action law enables (mostly) men to get ridiculously wealthy.

“How they use their money and power will shock, amuse and entertain readers,” Felgoise said. “As media billionaire Mortimer Zuckerman once said, referring to some lawyer’s self-indulgence and unbridled hubris, ‘Practicing law is the exact opposite of sex. Even when it’s good, it’s bad.’”

Matt Flynn, author of Milwaukee Jihad, said, I laughed out loud at the salty wise cracks on most every page. But underneath the lightning paced humor is a serious message about corruption in class action litigation. Filthy Rich Lawyers is a hilarious satire about a very real problem.”

About the Authors

David Tabatsky, Filthy Rich Lawyers, on The Table Read
David Tabatsky

Brian M. Felgoise, Esq., is a graduate of Temple University Law School and has been practicing class-action law for more than 25 years, including cases where billions of dollars have been recovered for class members who lost a significant amount of money.


David Tabatsky has authored, co-authored and edited many novels, including The Boy Behind the Door, Friends Like These, The Marijuana Project, The Battle of Zig Zag Pass and Drunk Log. His memoir, American Misfit, was published in 2017. Tabatsky was consulting editor for Marlo Thomas and her New York Times bestseller, The Right Words at the Right Time, Volume 2.

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Filthy Rich Lawyers, Book One: The Education of Ryan Coleman

Publisher: Speaking Volumes Inc.

Release Date: October 2022

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