Jeffrey Stern: Husband Of Wounded Victim In Bellaire Murder-For-Hire Plot Has Interesting Past

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The accused mastermind
Houston attorney Jeffrey Stern has certainly led an action-packed life.

While his recent arrest for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, which comes in the wake of three failed attempts on the life of his wife, is his first Harris County criminal bust, it is just the latest chapter in his life as a defendant.

Over the years, he has been accused in dozens of civil proceedings including multiple disbarment proceedings (while he has emerged victorious from those so far, we will have more on those later), a public vilification by John Culberson, and an ongoing breach of contract lawsuit that finds him opposed by former client Evander Holyfield.  

The Holyfield case involves a Heights-area property that the former boxer claims Stern foreclosed on seven days too early. Stern had allegedly loaned Holyfield $560,000 against the value of the house. Holyfield's attorney Troy Pradia had no comment today on Stern's arrest.

Back in 1991, Stern was singled out as among the greediest in a feeding frenzy of lawyers who feasted on a tragedy involving two little girls and an apartment complex swimming pool. One drowned and the other was left brain-damaged, and the family first hired Stern as their attorney. After they fired him relatively early on in the case, he still claimed to be entitled to one-third of their cash reward.

The family had hired then-state representative John Culberson to represent the interests of the surviving child."Mr. Stern is trying to take money from a brain-damaged baby," Culberson said at the time. "It is absolutely outrageous."

Prosecutors told a judge today that Michelle Cabrera Gaiser, 37, was behind a plot to kill Stern's wife Yvonne.

Yvonne Stern survived two attempts unharmed, but was injured in the most recent attempt last month. Gaiser was arrested Wednesday in connection with the bizarre plot.



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hoorah
hoorah

Jeffery is one of the finest attorneys in Houston, winning cases for the seriously wounded victims of all kinds of terriable crashes, work injuries, medical mall practice. I've know him for over twenty five years, and i know he loves his wife dearly and his children. the comments i'm reading make me sick as most of them are so racist, and blown totally out of proporation. All his friends feel the same way I do . Praise God Today he was set free from all of the horriable mongers talking about him. God Bless you Jeffrey and Yvonne, may peace finally come again to you and the family. July 24,2012....

Perthling
Perthling

What a piece of work he is and his wife sticking by his side while he slimes money off other people. She deserves whatever she gets if he is let off.

putot
putot

I feel sorry for this woman, so trusty and low self esteem. 

kHenry
kHenry

My question for Yvonne is, if this gang of uneducated losers were stupid how do you think they knew where you were staying and the vehicle you were driving was located. Your husband!

Cheetahmarie
Cheetahmarie

If she decides to stand by het man who the hell is anyone to say she is wrong. This is HER choice. We all make choices. Some fucked up some not so much. How many of u have forgiven it spouce boyfriend girlfriend for cheating. I'm sure at one point or another we ALL have. So shut up and leave that women alone. If she decides to forgive and forget and is wrong in the end then she will deal with that then. But we as ppl have no right to judge another. Look in it own back yards before u start pointing fingers and throwing stones. Now don't get me wrong. I do feel as if he had something to do with it. Buy if she wants to close her eyes then that's HER choice not Americas. So judge him not her. She is doing what she feels is right in her heart. We have all made fucked up decisions about the ones we love. So America should just back the hell off of her. I'm sure at some point or another u have have someone cheat on u. And YOU STOOD BY UR MAN!

Maryj
Maryj

what we do on earth..we shall all be judged eventually when death arrives. These people are miserable with their lives and find $$$ in happiness. Everyone gets what they deserve. Its obvious why these two remain together. its amazing how blind & shallow two people can be.but yet again..the victims sistets have a reputation in marrying $$$. People like this seek money to fill a void that lacks in their lives. I highly recommend a clinical psychiatrist.

El
El

Mrs.Stern is the victim in all of this. She needs to wake up and know that her life was in danger. How many times has it been said and shown hat someone was trying t o kill her. Her own husband was arrested for weapons charges.  Bottom line Mrs Stern is the target and many people are the shooters. All parties are guilty including her husband because he knew the whole time. If someone shot at your wife why didn't you do anything to protect her? Because you were having an affair and you were going to get caught and you and your girlfriend were plotting to take your wife out by any means necessary. 

Kylejoaks
Kylejoaks

I was a paralegal in 1995 for alan schechter when he was killed in a plane crash w/his life partner in haines, alaska (stern,gordon & schechter). He was w/o a doubt the most kind partner of the firm. Steve Gordon was always cordial to me, but Jeffrey Stern is just another example of a "hen-pecked jewish boy" whose mother ran the firm. I feel sorry for Yvonne Stern. She deserves better than this. If she stays w/jeff, she is as codependant & dysfunctional as he is!

Anonymous
Anonymous

"it's simply not pertinent."

Who knows if it's pertinent or not; do you know? Dig deep enough, and you may find this Stern fellow has perhaps hired hitmen or intimidators in the past to help win or settle his cases. You really don't know, huh?

Bad karma like this usually follows a person around, so I think the reporter is perfectly fine in reporting this attorney's past. Keep digging!

unbiased
unbiased

to Jack Mehoff, are you serious????? you dont think he did the above???, it stated that he had them in an undisclosed location, thus the "APT" where she was shot, he had cameras and wrought iron gates put up and all that good stuff, all being done after she was shot at-at home.

Duuuuummmmm!!!!

JackMayhoffer
JackMayhoffer

I agree this article never delivers, but you can't disregard Stern's sleazy past when judging his current actions. I expect Stern will be arrested soon, his behavior appears guilty. Innocent people would have immediately moved their family into hiding, hired security, hired private detectives to find out who is doing this. It appears Stern did little during this period except assure his wife this must be a disgruntled client. To believe Stern's story is to believe it never occured to him that the girlfriend might be behind the assassination attempts - - I don't buy that.

Anonymous
Anonymous

What does this have to do with anything?

"(while he has emerged victorious from those so far, we will have more on those later)"... Later, as in when?

It seems that this article (or blog post, whatever), although accurate in its facts, includes the facts the author finds pertinent to his headline; however, I still can't figure out why any of it is relevant to the Gaiser case.

There are many people that do things in their professional lives that have nothing to do with their personal lives. Although Mr. Stern's case was obviously in some ways tied to his professional life (i.e., Ms. Gaiser worked for a law firm that was in some way intertwined with his firm), I don't see how that has anything to do with the murder attempt(s) on his wife. In fact, it appears Mr. Stern was taking steps to protect his personal life (carrying not one, but two handguns on his body--an obvious attempt to protect his wife and family... he's a lawyer after all, not a gunslingin' cowboy outlaw).

People need to focus on the facts of the actual case at hand rather than on expired gossip regarding Mr. Stern's alleged (and dismissed) indiscretions during his long and successful career as an attorney. Although this "scoop" may appear juicy, it's simply not pertinent.

Robert Steinberg
Robert Steinberg

Sounds like Sizzler is a "knob sucking, jizz swallowing, low life" himself.

I sure hope he needs a lawyer some day and all the lawyers tell him to piss off.

Anonymous
Anonymous

@Sizzler

You detest attorneys AND lawyers?

Good luck if you ever need one or the other.

Sizzler
Sizzler

MORE evil sleazy lawyers...Nothing new ...they'll all rot in hell !!! And God will get the knob sucking,jizz swallowing, low life scummy douche bags. I detest attorneys and lawyers. They're some of the lowest forms of life on Earth !!! Maybe it is karma payback for Jeff Stern ..

client
client

the truth will prevail

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hopefully, the bs going on won't affect client cases pending

Janice Caslin
Janice Caslin

We are currently in ligation with these lawyers, they sent runners to our church to steal our case. Unfortunately we went with them , They committed Barratry, Breach of fiduiary, breach of contract, lawyer client confidentiality. They have successfully kept us out of court. our church was almost destroyed. they took all of the peoples money. along with 3 other law firns this has been going on for 5yrs. The judge said they are his friends. and he did not believe anything our new counsel said. this is a story. that you would not believe. major conspiratory.

latluc48
latluc48

@hoorah You are sick.  This guy is sicker.  I read about this "finest" attorney.  Not much of a human being.  You like this guy, you are sick as he is.  God help you.

Kathymeetup
Kathymeetup

I suspect that will come up in arguments- just how did the mistress know where she was staying if not for from him? I'm also curious about the correspondence between them- meaning stern and his mistreas

TwinkleNettie
TwinkleNettie

I totally agree with you.  Yvonne is in serious denial.  She doesn't want to change her lifestyle.  She is willing to put her life at risk protecting her financial investment.  Deep down I can't help but wonder if both she and Jeffrey care more about the $$$ than they do each other?  If they divorce, they divide their lives in half.  Obviously, Stern wasn't about to do this.  Perhaps Yvonne is equally as greedy.  Such stupidity could cost her life.  She better hope that he is found guilty!

gtarules
gtarules

Cheethamarie my reply to your idiotic post. Oh yeah by the way, no I have not stood by a cheating partner. Never have never will.

gtarules
gtarules

You're fucked up yourself. I take it you would stand by your man huh? Wtfever sweetie. I love my husband deeply but if that shit ever happened...I'm done! His actions almost caused her death. If he would have kept his dick in his pants none of it would have happened! It wasn't a one time fling he had a relationship with her! Trips & dinners etc.

TwinkleNettie
TwinkleNettie

The only problem with your "it's her choice" opinion is .... he wanted her DEAD.  Perhaps Yvonne can except and forgive Jeffrey's cheating.  Making the wrong decision in this case could result in being deceased.After watching Yvonne, she seemed so sure about her husband's inability to have her murdered.  Yvonne mentions that he would have done it correctly - I'm assuming this to mean on the first try.  However, Yvonne was equally shocked that he would have an affair.  She says that he was a family man, always home in the evenings.  OBVIOUSLY, Yvonne Stern does NOT know her so-called husband whatsoever.What really grabbed my attention was the fact that he began wooing her back immediately after she left him.  Jeffrey Stern is typical of the murdering sociopath.  He has to be fully in control.  He will NOT give his wife any money in a divorce because HE has EARNED this money.   I have a feeling that Stern wasn't quite as secretive as Yvonne wants us to believe.  She is simply trying to justify her desire to keep her lifestyle/ca$h....even at the possible cost of her own life.  Yvonne is an idiot!

hoorah
hoorah

@Kylejoaks you probably got fired for being such a bitch.Jeffery is the kindest man ive known he and his family for years. He is a great lawyer.Because he wins cases dosen't make him out like you say. He has made a career out of helping thoes who get screwd by insurance companies.If you had ever been run over by a truck or worked in a unsafe company that didn't care about thier employees, you would be the first to call Jeffery.He was devasted at the loss of his associate schechter. Ive know jeffery for over twenty five years.And have the greatest respect for he and his wife and children...He loves Yvonne dearly. So your raciest remarks only show how ignorant you reaaly are, and sounds like your jealous as well. God Bless Jeff and his family, and praise God Today he was vindacated. And the truth came out. July 24th2012.

Partav
Partav

i think i know you......and you know me.....i wish we could talk

pat paul
pat paul

In reply to Anonymous that ref. (what

I agree with Anonymous Ref. (Bad karma usually follows a person .

I

pam pearce
pam pearce

In reply to Anonymous that ref. (what does this have to do with anything) You sound like you are Sterns friend. ha!!!

Nmbmw1
Nmbmw1

yes ,he stole my settlement money to.he,s a crook

Rather not say
Rather not say

I too worked at that firm.  The year was probably 92 or 93.  If Yvonne believes him for a moment she has had blinders on for YEARS.  He was having an affair with my office mate way back then.  If I remember correctly she was trying to get pregnant for a long time.

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