Monday, February 26, 2007

Early Retirement

A lawyer who moved to Florida but had never become a member of the Florida Bar was disbarred by the New York First Judicial Department. He had undertaken a case (retained over the phone and without a written fee agreement) that resulted in a settlement payment. He cashed the proceeds but did not pay the client's share. Florida brought a proceeding that resulted in an agreement to desist from Florida practice and an order to pay the client. When the payment was not forthcoming, the client complained to New York authorities. The First Department rejected the argument that disbarment was unduly harsh for a single misappropriation. (Mike Frisch)

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