October 16, 2008
No Winning Ticket
A Massachusetts lawyer was suspended for a year and a day in connection with two matters. One involved his self-representation in a landlord-tenant matter involving his failure to make rental payments. He disobeyed court orders and appeared in court late and in a state (as opposed to a commonwealth) of intoxication. As a result, the trial was continued.
The other matter involved misconduct in the course of representing a client who claimed to have won the Massachusetts lottery:
...the client retained the respondent in or about April 2002, to represent him in his claim against the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission. The client claimed to have a winning instant game ticket in the amount of $1,000,000, but was advised by the Commission that he did not have a winning ticket. The client appealed the denial to the Commission.
The lawyer was found to have failed to pursue the matter through available legal means and to have misled the client concerning the status of the case. (Mike Frisch)
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