Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Client Abuse

An ugly instance of lawyer abuse of a client recently resulted in a disbarment by the New Hampshire Supreme Court. The lawyer was retained to pursue a claim against the client's employer after she had been sexually assaulted by a patient at the facility where she was employed. After the case settled, the client did not receive her full share of the settlement proceeds. She hired new counsel. The lawyer, who had  misappropriated a large share of the proceeds, responded by falsely asserting that the underlying claim was a fraud. He was found to have made false statements to a tribunal that placed the client's case in jeopardy (the employer's ensuing attempt to set aside the settlement failed). The court disbarred the lawyer for the dishonesty/false statements violations and did not decide what sanction might otherwise have been appropriate for the mishandling of client funds. (Mike Frisch)

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