Saturday, January 26, 2008
An Illinois hearing board issued a report in a disciplinary case against a lawyer who filed a personal injury case on behalf of a client that was dismissed for failure to prosecute. The attorney made matters worse by telling the client eight to twelve times over a four-year period that the case was moving forward. The client learned the true status of the case after filing the bar complaint. The client then consulted a lawyer to pursue a claim for legal malpractice. The attorney settled the claim for $10,000 after a series of telephone calls with the new lawyer. The lawyer for the client in the malpractice case charged a $250 fee for resolving the matter. Lawyer Two thus "slightly restored" the client's faith in the legal profession.
Here, the accused lawyer failed to participate in the bar proceeding. The hearing board recommends a one-year suspension without automatic reinstatement.(Mike Frisch)