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Charges mount against Raleigh attorney

Posted July 27, 2012

— A once-prominent Raleigh attorney is on the wrong side of the law, facing charges he embezzled from clients and threatened a neighbor. Nicholas Andrew Stratas, 54, of 1116 Cowler Drive, was arrested last week and spent time in a New Hanover County on charges that he stole a car.

The latest charge comes from James Grosslight, who said he and Stratas bonded over an interest in vintage cars.

But then Stratas changed into someone Grosslight feared. Stratas associate accuses him of making threats Stratas associate accuses him of making threats

Grosslight said he'd get up to 20 calls or more per day. "It got to the point where I had to wire myself," Grosslight said. "They were so bad and so harrassing, that the only way I was going to get him to stop was to start recording them and hope that he would eventually cross the line."

On one occasion, according to the warrant for his arrest, Stratas said, "I'm gonna come down there with the sheriff and my 300-pound friend, and when I collect the Jaguar, I'm gonna slap at you the whole time."

On another occasion, Stratas told Grosslight that he was going to have his son beat him up, the warrant states.

Stratas was arrested Thursday and jailed under a $5,000 bond.

Grosslight said he finally tired of being scared and came forward to help others whom Stratas threatened.


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  • jjsmith1973 Jul 27, 2012

    As I go after crooked cops and comment on those. I will also on this one. People like this man and his work should be ashamed. Another part of the Justic system not working. If you hire a defense attorney around here, you are not sure if you defense attorney needs an attorney. I'm sure a person is getting the best representation from the criminal attorney's. I would be ticked if I had hired an attorney and then found him facing charges too. How would anyone think that, that person is working for your best interest in making sure the law was correctly applied to you in your case. WOW, I would hate to end up in the system in this state

  • beachboater Jul 27, 2012

    There will soon be one less shark in the ocean.

  • beachboater Jul 27, 2012

    "it STINKS....http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-813288 this is just another *little bit* of what I have dealt with....I guess you might say....I have been truly blessed or cursed...(depending upon who one looks at it)..." dollibug

    dollibug - I am sorry to say that stories such as the one you referred to don't carry a lot of weight to me. I've heard too many times parents say, "My child wouldn't do that." Even when the child was caught on video tape.

    The country's morals have gone to heII in a handbasket.

    No, I do not like lawyers as a profession. I think it was Benjamin Franklin that said we should never need more that about 100 lawyers for the entire country. That sounds good to me.

    You can't tell the good ones from the bad ones. You have to go on reputation and what your friends know. Personally, if I were to be charged with a serious crime, I might well want one of those crooked lawyers to represent me. Take every break you can get.

  • BobLoblaw Jul 27, 2012

    If it's an "all boy's club" in Wake County, how does one explain all the female judges, the current Clerk of Court, and the former Clerk of Court (both of whom are lawyers). Or are you saying there is a giant conspiracy among ALL lawyers and judges in the same county? I don't understand that, when in many cases, if not most cases, there are attorneys representing each side in an adversarial case ... no judge can possibly make everyone happy, and usually doesn't make anyone happy.

  • jdraleigh Jul 27, 2012

    This is more likely mental illness and / or serious degenerative brain disease than intentional criminal behavior. Somebody in his family, or circle of friends, or law firm needs to step up and get him help. Have him committed and obliged to undergo some brain scans. It isn't fair to him to treat him as a common criminal, and we don't gain anything from it either.

  • dollibug Jul 27, 2012

    ***Had a lot of experience with having to hire attorneys, have we dollibug?

    Yep...several....one for workers compensation claim which I was WRONGFULLY DENIED....

    Another one who concerning my dear aunt estate and the sheriffs department sending a deputy to stand guard while 2 relatives and a moving company from Raleigh area BROKE into the house and remove property from it....(the resulted in being swept right under the rug....and the estate attorney was the DA's wife...talk about CORRUPT...I could tell you lots more...but you would not even believe me...this is just a start....again...I know that there has to be a few good attorneys....I just do not know any of them....but I do know just how the good ole boys and girls system works and it STINKS....http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-813288 this is just another *little bit* of what I have dealt with....I guess you might say....I have been truly blessed or cursed...(depending upon who one looks at it)...

  • ConservativeVoter Jul 27, 2012

    "Attorney's are never above the law. - charmcclainlovesdogs2"

    That's not true in Wake County.

    The ol' boys club is made up of judges and lawyers.

  • bill0 Jul 27, 2012

    The threat doesn't even make sense. I'm going to slap at you the whole time? Is that supposed to intimidate someone?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Jul 27, 2012

    Attorney's are never above the law.

  • sabol100 Jul 27, 2012

    Really, cantbtaught? Really? I don't think your comment is relevant or very good taste. Everyone can see where you stand.