Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Grapes Of Wrath

A Hearing Panel of the Illinois ARDC found that an attorney engaged in misconduct in connection with his representation of the widow of John Steinbeck's son. The widow's concern's related to the withholding of royalty payments from her by the estate's literary agents. At their initial meeting, the attorney told Mrs. Steinbeck that he was the "perfect lawyer" to handle the case, that he had "connections in the literary world" and that he was "expert in extracting information in nefarious ways." The attorney had provided a series of false assurances over a period of two years that he had initiated bar discipline proceedings in New York against the agents based on the widow's concerns. The panel recommends a suspension for six-months and until further court order. (Mike Frisch)

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