Lost Society Bar Owner Harasses Activist


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Avi Adelman is no stranger to controversy when it comes to bars on Lower Greenville Avenue. One of his recent targets has been the Lost Society Bar at 2008 Greenville.

Adelman's wife was surprised, Sunday, to answer the door to find Lost Society owner Fernando Rosales, who is currently under indictment for a felony (click "Search by Case Number"), standing on her doorstep delivering a letter for her husband.

Attached to the letter was a handwritten Post-It note reading: "8:30 AM, 12/13/10, Merry Christmas."

Rosales was arrested in June for making false statements on government documents. He was jailed again in September after missing a court hearing.

Rosales is upset with how the bar has been portrayed on Adelman's website.

Rosales has also filed a lawsuit against Adelman alleging libel and defamation.

Lost Society hit Adelman's radar in June after two of the bar's patrons became involved in a fight at a nearby restaurant. One of the men produced a gun and fired multiple shots at the other. The victim died later at Baylor Hospital.

Later that month, a man claiming to be the bar's owner, Brightman Nwatu, was jailed by Dallas Police and ICE officers on multiple charges. Nwatu is currently in an immigration detention facility awaiting deportation as an illegal immigrant.

Last year, Nwatu and Rosales were sued by a female employee alleging sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Nwatu.

Rosales is represented by local lawyer Jesus Armando Miranda.

State Bar of Texas records indicate that Miranda's law license was suspended on November 1, 2010 for one year.

The Texas Bar Journal reported Miranda was disciplined for his treatment of two clients as well as client money management issues.

According to the State Bar of Texas disciplinary counsel office, Miranda can continue to practice law while on suspension.

As far as Rosales is concerned, his case is set to go to trial on February 14. Records reflect that Miranda is his attorney in the criminal case as well the lawsuit against Adelman.

Rosales is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

Miranda did not reply to multiple emails seeking comment.

UPDATE: 12/17/2010

The law firm of Vinson and Elkins has assumed the role of defense counsel for Avi Adelman. Though neither the firm or Adelman will comment, it is likely Adelman will present a vigorous defense.