Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Conversion With Mitigation Results In Suspension

The Georgia Supreme Court imposed a one-year suspension of an attorney who had converted over $44,000 of settlement proceeds in a workers' compensation case. The Special Master had found that the attorney suffered a mental breakdown and attempted suicide shortly before the conversion. He now has "a healthy and positive mental state" and had repaid the converted funds. The court found that "the mitigating factors are sufficient to overcome those aggravating factors" which include that the conduct was not accidental or negligent and that there was a four-month delay in paying the client. (Mike Frisch)


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