November 6, 2007
Stiffing Expert Draws Agreed Suspension
A disciplinary case summary from the web page of the Virginia State Bar:
"On October 26, 2007, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended [an attorneys] license to practice law for fourteen days, effective December 15, 2007. [The attorney] was found to have committed misconduct by ordering a stop-payment on a check issued to a prospective expert witness after the witness had delivered a copy of her report. This is an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against [the attorney]." (Mike Frisch)
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If in stopping the check the lawyer went back on his word or otherwise attempted to s**** the expert, a 14 day suspension was not long enough. A lawyer's word ought to be good and ought to be worth more than 14 days.
Posted by: W.R. Chambers | Nov 6, 2007 12:52:54 PM
My sense is that many bars would call this a civil matter or a collection dispute and would accordingly do nothing.
Posted by: Mike Frisch | Nov 6, 2007 12:59:50 PM